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John Shenton (1839-1898)
1898 Obituary 
JAMES SHENTON was born at Stone, Staffordshire, on 31st May 1839.
After serving his time from 1851 to 1859 in the boiler works of Messrs. Hills at Heywood, he worked till 1860 in the boiler shop of Mr. Benjamin Goodfellow, Hyde Iron Works, Hyde, near Manchester; and was then engaged until 1870 as boiler maker and plater for Messrs. Daniel Adamson and Co., Newton Moor Iron Works, Hyde.
In 1870, in conjunction with his brother Richard and Mr. George Tinker and others, he started boiler making in a small way in John Street, Hyde, under the name of Messrs. Tinker, Shenton and Co. Finding that the business increased, they built in 1877 the Hyde Boiler Works in Flowery Field, which were enlarged from time to time, and fitted up with all the latest improvements. For some years past he had carried on the business himself, his partners having retired.
In 1897 it was formed into a private company, in which he was the principal shareholder.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1891.
In 1892 he was appointed on the commission of the peace for the county of Chester.
He died suddenly at his residence, Greenfield House, Newton Moor, Hyde, on 25th June 1898, at the age of fifty-nine.