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James Parrott

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James Parrott of Salford

Hydraulic pump by J Parrott of Salford Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry
  • 1863 James Parrott listed in Slater's Directory of Manchester and Salford, 1863 as engineer and machinist and machine maker 49 Brown Street, Salford. Brown (or Browne) Street, ran from Chapel Street to the River Irwell, adjacent to Mather's Ironworks.
  • 1868 Patent 3372 issued to James Parrott and Wright Jones for improvements in machinery for beetling woven fabrics and other materials. [1]
  • 1897 Notice in respect of the will of James Parrott of Rawcliffe Street, South Shore, Blackpool and of Salford (Engineer and Machinist)[2].
  • The following is taken from Blackpool's South Shore Holy Trinity Church website: 'James Parrott, who laid the foundation stone, was born in London but moved to Manchester to an engineering career. His health was not good so he frequently visited Blackpool. The Preston and Wyre Railway opened in 1840 with a line to Blackpool and, because of his health, James Parrott was given a free ticket for life. However, he lived to 94 and living in Blackpool, though working in Manchester, he was known as the Great Old Man of Blackpool. He lived in Rawcliffe Street for fifty years and was active in public life. He served on the building committee for the church, giving about £200 towards the £14,000 cost and also presenting a clock for the tower, setting up a trust to keep it in good repair. He bought land for the building between Lytham Road and the Promenade and helped St. Pauls, Blackpool Hospital and Marton Institute. He died on 5th. February 1897, aged 94. [3]

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette, Feb 9th, 1869
  2. The London Gazette, Oct 5th, 1897
  3. [1] South Shore Holy Trinity Church webpage ‘Holy Trinity and its Roots - Part 2’