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John Walmsley

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John Walmsley (1852-1935)

1896 of J. and P. Coats

1935 Obituary [1]

JOHN WALMSLEY was engaged for practically the whole of his career in cotton-spinning mills.

He was born in 1852 and served his apprenticeship from 1868 to 1871 in the mechanics' workshops of Messrs. James Marshall and Sons and Messrs. T. and J. Leigh, of Stockport.

He then joined Messrs. Jones, Son and Faulkner, of Schofield Street and Albert Mills, Heywood, as an assistant engineer and in 1877 was appointed manager. He held this position until 1887, when he went to Huddersfield as chief manager of the cotton-spinning and doubling factory known as Queen's Mills. Here he installed new boilers and steam engines with a capacity of 1,000 h.p.

In 1895 he was appointed general manager to Messrs. J. and P. Coats's thread works at Ferguslie, Paisley, and occupied this position for twenty-five years. He devoted much attention to coal combustion and means for effecting economies therein.

Mr. Walmsley was elected a Member of the Institution in 1891.

He retired in 1920 and lived at Withington, Manchester, where his death occurred on 9th January 1935.

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