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Philip Unwin Askham

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Philip Unwin Askham (1838-1905)

One of the Partners of Askham Brothers and Wilson.


1905 Obituary [1]

PHILIP UNWIN ASKHAM was born in Sheffield on 7th January 1838.

When a youth he was apprenticed to the firm of Messrs. John Brown and Co., of Sheffield, and on the completion of his term in 1866 he started in business with his brother, Mr. John U. Askham.

The commencement was on a small scale, but the business soon grew, the chief products of the firm being that of steel manufactures and crucible steel castings. The manufacture of tramway points and crossings was added, and when electric traction was introduced, the firm came into great prominence with their productions. They were the pioneers in the construction of crucible steel points and crossings.

In addition to tramway materials, the firm also turned out pulverizing and grinding machinery for cement, etc., also separators, conveyers, elevators, brewery trucks, hoppers, and sheet-iron works. Mr. Philip Askham devoted himself to the commercial side of the business, and travelled considerably.

In 1903 the business was amalgamated with that of Messrs. Edgar Allen and Co., Imperial Steel Works, Sheffield, when the two brothers retired from the firm.

For some considerable time he had been in failing health, and his death, which was not unexpected, took place at his residence in Sheffield, on 23rd May 1905, at the age of sixty-seven.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1890.


1905 Obituary [2]



1905 Obituary [3]



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