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John Barnouin Rowcliffe

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John Barnouin Rowcliffe (c1833-1916)

c.1833 Born in Tarporley

1861 John B Rowcliffe 28, small ware manufacturer, lived in Cheetham with Frances Rowcliffe 22, Henrietta Rowcliffe 9 months[1]

1871 John B Rowcliffe 38, wire worker employing 12 men, 2 boys and 5 women, lived in Hyde, with Frances Rowcliffe 32, Edward W Rowcliffe 8, Kate L Rowcliffe 6, Louisa Rowcliffe 5, Fred Rowcliffe 4, Ada M Rowcliffe 2, Edith Rowcliffe 10 Months[2]

1880 'Local Patents.... Application : John Barnouin Rowcliffe, Glossop, wire mattrass maker, improvement in machinery for the manufacture of wire spring mattrasses.'[3]

1891 John B Rowcliffe 58, manufacturer of wire mattresses, lived in Chorley, with Frances Rowcliffe 52, William E Rowcliffe 28, solicitor, Kate L Rowcliffe 26, Louisa Rowcliffe 25, Fred Rowcliffe 24, manufacturer of wire mattresses, Ada M Rowcliffe 22, Edith Rowcliffe 20[4]

1896 Advert: ' "JUMBOSS" (Rowcliffes).— This PATENT WIRE MATTRESS excels all others for comfort, cleanliness, and durability. Sold by all first-class upholsterers. All mattresses marked "Jumboss." Works, Levenshulme.' [5]

At some point established Atlas Engineering Co in Levenshulme

1901 John B Rowcliffe 68, mechanical engineer, employer, lived in Alderley Edge, Frances Rowcliffe 62, Kate L Rowcliffe 36, Fred Rowcliffe 34, living on own means, John A Rowcliffe 26 mechanical engineer, employer[6]

1908 'MOTOR MUDDLE. MANCHESTER MAN'S COSTLY MISTAKE. At Bolton, on Wednesday. John Barnowin Rowcliffe, Levenshulme, Manchester, was summoned for exceeding the axle weighton a motor waggon, and for failing have the correct registered weight painted on the waggon as required by law. Mr. Hall, prosecuting, said that on the motor the waggon was registered only for 6 tons 4 cwt., whereas it weighed 8 tons 13 cwt. That was according to the register, but the car just came under the title traction engine, under which conditions the owners would have to pay a £10 penalty to the borough. At the time of the offence the motor was being tried by an intending purchaser.
Mr. Horridge said Rowcliffe was an old gentleman who went into the business with a young man who was supposed to understand it. The business had gone down, and the young man, who acted as manager, had left Rowcliffe with the whole responsibility of the concern, and he was disposing of it as well as he could. When the car was taken out by the prospective purchaser, Rowcliffe got hold of the certificate referring to another car, causing the car to have the wrong weight, painted on it. It was a most hopeless muddle, and under the circumstances the defendant was legally guilty but morally innocent.
The Bench imposed a fine of £5 and costs each case, allowing advocate's fee; while the case against the driver was dismissed on payment of costs.' [7]

1911 John Barnouin Rowcliffe 78, gentleman (retired mechanical engineer), lived in West Didsbury, with Kate Leontine Rowcliffe 46, Ada Mary Rowcliffe 42 and his sister and niece[8]

1916 Died in Chorlton[9]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. 1871 census
  3. Derby Daily Telegraph, 25 November 1880
  4. 1891 census
  5. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 6 March 1896
  6. 1901 census
  7. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser, 2 October 1908
  8. 1911 census
  9. BMD