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John Willim Hall

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John Willim Hall (1854-1938) of F. H. Lloyd and Co of Wednesbury - (Note: 'Willim' and not 'William' - Ed.)

1861 Living at Lichfield Street, Bilston: John Willim Hall (age 35 born Berkshire), Solicitor. With his wife Eliza Jane Hall (age 35 born Bilston) and their children; John Willim Hall (age 6 born Bilston); Henry Cadbury Hall (age 5 born Bilston); Lucy Ashley Hall (age 3 born Bilston); and Fraser Hall (age 1 born Bilston). Also one visitor and three servants.[1]

1895 of Lloyds' Steel Foundry Co, James Bridge

1899 Set himself up as consulting engineer in Birmingham

1899 Associate of the Institution of Civil Engineers[2]

1911 Living at "Kineton", Solihull: John Willim Hall (age 56 born Bilston), Consulting Engineer and Employer. With his wife Annie Caroline Hall (age 60 Abbots Leigh, Som.). Married eleven years and no children. Two servants.[3]

1922 Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers; of Hall and Jackson, Temple Row, Birmingham[4]


1938 Obituary [5]

JOHN WILLIAM HALL will be remembered for his services to the Institution, in connection with the establishment of the Midland Branch. For many years before the formation of Local Branches he was local correspondent for the Birmingham district, and when the Midland Branch was formed in 1924 he became the first Honorary Secretary of the Branch.

During 1925 and 1926 he was Chairman of the Branch, and in that capacity he served on the Council of the Institution. With Mr. G. E. Folkes, M.I.Mech.E., he was also joint Honorary Local Secretary for the Birmingham Summer Meeting of the Institution in 1927. Mr. Hall was born in 1854 at Bilston, Staffs, and was apprenticed to Messrs. May and Mountain, general engineers, of Birmingham. In 1876 he joined the Lilleshall Company as a draughtsman and a year later he went into business on his own account as an engineer and ironfounder, after purchasing the Cardiff Foundry, Cardiff.

He was appointed works manager to the Blaydon Ironworks at Blaydon on Tyne in 1882, and was responsible for several extensions to the works. Six years later he became managing director of the James Bridge Steel Works of Messrs. F. H. Lloyd and Company, Ltd., at Wednesbury; while occupying this position he rebuilt the entire works, and resigned in 1899 in order to establish his own practice as a consulting engineer in Birmingham. He was responsible for the construction of the mills for the Redbourn Steel Works at Scunthorpe, Lincs, during the War.

Mr. Hall was one of the oldest members of the Institution, having been elected in 1882. He was also a past-president of the Staffordshire Iron and Steel Institute, and was joint author with Mr. F. W. Harbord, of a textbook entitled "Metallurgy of Steel." His death occurred at Solihull, near Birmingham, on 11th February 1938.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 Census
  2. UK, Civil Engineer Records, 1820-1930 for John Willim Hall
  3. 1911 Census
  4. UK, Civil Engineer Lists
  5. 1938 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries