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J. and E. Arnfield

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General and textile engineers of Guide Bridge, Audenshaw near Manchester.

Probably the same as J. and E. Arnfield of Globe Works, New Mills. Moved to Audenshaw in 1936?

1899 'PARTNERSHIP DISSOLVED. Joseph Arnfield, Edwin Arnfield, and Thomas Owen Arnfield, trading as J. and E. Arnfield, the Globe Engineering Works, New Mills, Derbyshire, millwrights and engineers. J. and E. Arnfield retire. [1]

1906 'TERRIBLE FATALITY AT NEW MILLS IRONWORKS. A shocking fatality occurred at the Globe Engineering Works of Messrs. J. and E. Arnfield, New Mills, on Wednesday night. Isaac Higginbottom, engineer, and another workman named Wild had been repairing some belting, after which they put the strap on the pulley and set the machinery in motion. Noticing that a trap door in tho ceiling above the revolving shafting had been left open, Higginbottom ascended a ladder to close it, whilst Wild held the ladder. When Higginbottom was coming down the ladder his clothing was caught by the machinery, and he was hurled round with fearful rapidity. His legs came in contact with iron girder, and his body was literally smashed to pieces before the machinery could be stopped. One leg was broken off and hurled across the works yard, where it was found later on a heap of iron. It was some time before the terribly mutilated remains could released from the machinery, and they were afterwards removed to the deceased's home in a handcart.
Higginbottom, who was 50 years of age, leaves a widow, but no family.[2]

J & E Arnfield of New Mills made a replacement cylinder of 21" bore, 4ft stroke, for the c.1840(?) beam engine at Lumb Hole Mill, Kettleshulme.[3]

1939 Acquired by Mono Pumps Ltd[4].

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Sources of Information

  1. Nottingham Journal - Saturday 10 June 1899
  2. Sheffield Daily Telegraph - Friday 2 February 1906
  3. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain, Vol 4, by George Watkins, Landmark Publishing, 1993
  4. The Times, 21 April 1939