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James Fenton (1848-1893)

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James Fenton (1848-1893)

son of James Fenton

1893 Obituary [1]

JAMES FENTON was born at Leeds on 10th November 1848.

He was the only surviving son of Mr. James Fenton of Lowmoor, who was one of the earliest members of this Institution (Proceedings 1864, page 14).

After being educated at St. Peter's College, York, he served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Manning, Wardle and Co., Leeds.

Having passed through the various workshops and drawing office of that firm, he was employed in the locomotive department of the Great Eastern Railway and afterwards of the Midland Railway under Mr. S. W. Johnson.

Subsequently he was one of the managers at Messrs. Kitson and Co.'s Airedale Foundry, Leeds.

In 1883 he became one of the chief inspectors of Sir Alexander M. Rendel, under whom he had charge of the inspection of the locomotives and other railway material for the Indian State Railways, the East Indian, and other Indian lines.

His death took place at Putney on 8th November 1893, in the forty-fifth year of his age.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1877.

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