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Greenwood Craven

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Greenwood Craven (c1826-1889) of Craven Brothers

c1826 Born the son of Thomas Craven

1839 the Craven family moved to Manchester.

Greenwood Craven was educated at Bradford Grammar School. H

1840-52 He worked for Sharp, Stewart and Co

1841 Living at Stretford Street, Hulme: Thomas Craven (age c35), Mechanic. With his wife Mary Craven (age c35) and their children Greenwood Craven (age c15), Ap Mechanic; John Craven (age c5); and Susannah Craven (age c5).[1]

1851 Living at North Street, Hulme: Thomas Craven (age 50 born Hunslet), Engineer. With his wife Mary Craven (age 48 born Bradford) and their children Greenwood Craven (age 25 born Bradford); William Craven (age 22 born Bradford); Sarah Ann Craven (age 19 born Bradford); John Craven (age 18 born Bradford); and Mary Craven (age 17 born Bradford).[2]

1852 Then he went to William Fairbairn and Sons, Canal Street, Manchester, where his brother William worked.

1853 With his brother William he formed the business Craven Brothers at Dawson Croft Mill, Salford. Initially the brothers made machine tools for locomotive manufacturers, but they later branched out into many other types of machine tools, particularly for armament manufacturers. These ranged in size from hand-operated devices to objects that weighed hundreds of tons.

1889 died in Prestwich[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1841 Census
  2. 1851 Census
  3. BMD