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Robert Luke

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1870 Joined Ashby, Jeffery and Luke

1871 Living at 6 St. Peter's Hill, Stamford (age 31 born Oundle), Agricultural Implement Maker, Company Partner. Living with his parents William Luke (age 61 born Penmachno, Caernarfonshire, Supervisor Inland Revenue, and his mother Jane (age 57) and two sister. [1]

1876 Left the business


Obituary 1909 [2]

. . . commenced his business career with Smith and Ashby, an old-established firm of agricultural engineers in that town. Subsequently he was admitted into partnership, the title of the firm being altered to Ashby, Jeffery and Luke. The business was afterwards taken over by Blackstone and Co . . . The business of emery wheel making which Mr. Luke helped to found under the name of Slacks Emery Wheel and Machine Co, at Ardwick, Manchester, was subsequently changed to the title by which it is still known, Luke and Spencer. . . . Mr. Luke retired from the active management of the business about seven years ago, since which time he has held the post of chairman of the company. . . . Mr. Luke leaves a widow and one son, Mr. Robert Bendall Luke, who is a director of the firm of Luke and Spencer, Limited. The present managing director, Mr. Waterhouse, has been associated with Mr. Luke during practically the whole of the period that the firm has existed.


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