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Marcus Allen (1862-1920)

1862 Born at Manchester the son of William Allen and his wife Mary A.

1871 Living at 6 Union Street, Manchester: William Allen (age 41 born Manchester), Engineer - Cotton Mill. With his wife Mary A. Allen (age 41 born Manchester) and their two sons; John Allen (age 19 born Manchester), Engineer - Iron Works; and Marcus Allen (age 8 born Manchester).[1]

1891 Living at St. John's Avenue, Knutsford: Marcus Allen (age 28 born Manchester), Civil Engineer. With his wife Katherine M. Allen (age 24 bron Preston) and their son Harry M. Allen (age one month and born Knutsford). One servant.[2]

1891 Marcus Allen became a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, giving his addresses as the Union Brass and Iron Works, Great Ancoats Street and Phoenix Iron Works, Jersey Street, Manchester.[3]


1920 Obituary [4]

MARCUS ALLEN was born in Manchester on 22nd August 1862.

He was educated privately, and subsequently had three years' practical training in engineering at the works of the Maison Durenne, Courbevoie, Paris. He practised as a civil and consulting engineer for more than twenty years, and acted in this capacity for several concerns, including the Commercial Salt Co., Ltd.

He was also governing director of Marcus Allen and Sons, Ltd., Old Trafford, Manchester.

His inventions included a Universal Recovery Plant for Paper Mills, the installation of which he personally superintended during erection in many of the largest paper mills in the British Isles, also his Elliptic-way Cock, and he was co-patentee in the "Harden" Glandless Centrifugal Pump, and the "Duo" Boiler Feed-water Controller.

He died at his residence in Stretford on 19th March 1920, in his fifty-eighth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1891; he was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers; a Member of the Society of Chemical Industry and of the Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. 1891 Census
  3. Institution of Mechanical Engineers Proceedings, 1895'
  4. 1920 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries