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Hewes and Wren

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Fragments of the waterwheel from Lumford Mill have been set up at Bakewell Old House Museum to give an impression of its size
Fragment of wheel rim
This shows a piece of the wheel's internal gear, wheel rim, and a T-headed spoke

Hewes & Wren of Manchester

Millwrights and textile machine makers. Important makers of large iron waterwheels.

Partnership of Thomas Hewes and Henry Wren [1]

1825 Listed as millwrights, of 12 Dale Street [2]

1824 Supplied a waterwheel, 16 Feet diameter and 10 Feet wide, for a corn mill at Knottingley. [3]

1828 Supplied and erected the machinery for a large flour mill at Skerne, Yorkshire [4]

1832 'THE Public is respectfully informed, that the Business heretofore carried on at Manchester, THOMAS CHEEK HEWES, and HENRY WREN, under the firm of "Hewes and Wren." as Engineers. Millwrights, and Machine Makers, will in future be continued, in all its branches, by the above Henry Wren, on the same premises — Manchester, February 2d, 1832.'[5]

Became Wren and Bennett

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'Biographical Dictionary of Civil Engineers, Volume 1' Edited by Prof Sir Alec Skempton, Published by Thomas Telford Publishing, 2002
  2. 'History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County Palatine of Lancaster, Vol II, 1825'
  3. Advertisement for mill to be let, Leeds Intelligencer, 1 April 1824
  4. Advertisement for mill to be let, in the Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 4 May 1844
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 4 February 1832