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John Henry Widdowson (1828-1901) of John H. Widdowson Ltd
1901 Obituary 
JOHN HENRY WIDDOWSON was born in Manchester on 22nd September 1828.
After serving an apprenticeship with Mr. W. Bolton, engineer, of Castlefield, Manchester, he went as engineer to Messrs. Booth and Pike, introducing many improvements in the machinery; subsequently he was with Messrs. Muir and Co.
In 1851 he was engaged by Messrs. Joseph Whitworth and Co., Manchester, and after passing through the position of foreman and under-manager was appointed manager in 1860, which position he held until 1876.
In that year he started business on his own account as a manufacturer of screwing tackle in all its various branches.
His death took place at his residence at Moss Side, Manchester, on 12th Slay 1901, in his seventy-third year.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1891.