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Joseph Phillips Bedson

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John Phillips Bedson (c1851-1930), M Inst C E

c1851 Born son of George Bedson

1917 President of the Manchester Association of Engineers

1930 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH PHILLIPS BEDSON was a son of the late George Bedson, inventor of the continuous system of galvanizing and wire-rod rolling.

He was educated at Warrington and at Owen's College, Manchester.

In 1866 he began a six years' apprenticeship with Messrs. James Farmer, of Salford, and in 1872 he joined Messrs. Richard Johnson and Nephew as works manager of the Bradford Ironworks at Manchester, his father being general manager of the firm.

Mr. Bedson designed and erected in 1884 the first continuous wire-rod rolling mill in France at Fourchambault, and upon the death of his father at the end of the year, he was appointed general massager of the firm.

In 1892, after a visit to the United States, he erected a wire mill at Middlesbrough and founded the Bedson Wire Company. The works were absorbed by Messrs. Dorman, Long and Company seven years later, when Mr. Bedson severed his connexion with the firm and developed a scheme for a proposed steel works.

Owing to lack of financial support he was unable to proceed with this, and in 1908 returned to Messrs. Richard Johnson and Nephew as general manager of the wire mill.

Mr. Bedson became a Member of the Institution in 1882.

He died on 20th January 1930, at the age of 79.

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