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Henry Ashworth

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Henry Ashworth (1864-1927)

son of John Ashworth

1928 Obituary [1]

HENRY ASHWORTH was born at Bolton in 1864, and, after finishing his education at Harrow, served a three years' apprenticeship at the works of Messrs. Dobson and Barlow, at Bolton.

He then entered the cotton-spinning business of his father, John Ashworth, with which he was concerned throughout his career.

Henry Ashworth invented a method of spinning cotton by means of double rows of spindles, with a view to economizing space, and his invention was exhibited at Brussels in 1887. This system of spinning was tried in a Lancashire mill, but was not successful. He was also interested in, and took out patents for, spinning on the bare spindle on the ring frame.

He died on 19th October 1927, having been a Member of the Institution since 1891.

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