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John Tangye (Manchester)

From Graces Guide
'Rotary planing machine'

of 106 Princess Street, Manchester

Was this John Tangye (1864-1918)?

Machine tools[1]:

1889 His first design of cutting machine, a universal miller

1893 Another machine, first made in 1893; floor type with travelling table and 40in. diameter, 52 teeth cutter

1896 Fly-wheel milling machine, invented and patented by Tangye and others. Revolving table; 24in. diameter cutter.

1901 Patent rotary planer, first made in 1901. Travelling head, stationary work. A small experimental machine

1899 John Tangye, machine tool maker. The American Machinist provided a favourable description of an 8" centre height John Tangye lathe.[2]. The author mentioned that John Tangye had over 20 years' practical experience in the designing and construction of machine tools.

1901 John Tangye, machine tool maker, gained a Patent on "Improvements in Friction Disc Driving Mechanism for Lathes and Machinery in General."

1902 Making 'rotary planers'.[3]. These were effectively milling machines, with inserted-tool cutters.

1903 Tool maker[4]

1903 of Manchester, later of Park Lane, Tipton, Staffs.

1904 Special cam milling machine described and illustrated. Designed and made by John Tangye (same person?) [5]


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Note: A number of other businesses were using 106 Princess Street as their address in 1899.

1929 James Frederick Tangye, a printer and compositor, was still associated with this address at the time of his death.[6]

1949 Advert: 'Wanted. 2 Compositors (T.A.): colour work and display.— J. T. Tangye and Co., 106, Princess-street, Manchester.[7] Same firm?

Location: 106 Princess Street was a small building on the south side of Princess Street at its junction with Charles Street. The premises comprised two storeys plus a basement, covering an area of 80 ft by 40 ft, bounded on the north by Princess Street, on the east by Charles Street, on the south by the River Medlock, and on the west by the MSJ&AR viaduct. 1960 photo here.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1903/06/26
  2. [1] 'A New English Lathe' by James Vose, American Machinist, 14 Sept 1899
  3. [2] Machinery, April 1902, p.233
  4. 1903 Slater´s Manchester, Salford & Suburban Directory (Pt 3)
  5. [3] Practical Engineer 25 March 1904]
  6. National Probate calendar
  7. Manchester Evening News, 30 May 1949