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Rochester Illingworth

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of the Monopole Cycle Co

1853 Born in Bradford the son of Jonas Illingworth and his wife Mary Ann Garth

1888 Described as a manager of the Leigh Mills Co.[1]

1901 Managing Director of the Leigh Mills Co

1901 Living at The Cottage, Hill Street, Coventry: Rochester Illingworth (age 52 born Horden, Yorkshire), Managing Director of a Worsted Manufactory and Single. Also a visitor and a servant.[2]

1909 April. Obituary. '...the death of Mr. Rochester Illingworth, managing director of the Leigh Mills Company, Coventry, which occurred on Tuesday at the age of 61. Deceased belonged to a Yorkshire family, his father—the late Mr. Jones Illingworth having been the company's manager in the early days of the establishment of woollen trade at Coventry. The deceased was well known in the wool markets of Bradford as was at Coventry, where lived. He was interested in the motor and cycle trades, as well as in the business to which his life was mainly devoted. He died unmarried'[3]

1909 May 6th. Probate. Late of Hill St, Coventry & Leigh House, Stanningley, Leeds, Managing Director of a public company (presumably the Leigh Mills Company). Probate to George Naylor, Works Manager & Charles Edward Dolphin, Secretary of the Leigh Mills Co.

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Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Daily Post - Friday 10 August 1888
  2. 1901 Census
  3. Leamington Spa Courier - Friday 02 April 1909