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Thomas Lawday

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Born in London in 1778. Married in 1808.

Employed by Hall of Dartford as an engineer to erect steam engines in spinning mills at Essonnes, St.-Quentin, Lille, Cambrai, Paris, Mulhouse, Gubweiller and Elbeuf. He than established his own company as an engineer-mechanician in the rue Saint-Julien, Rouen, early in 1825. [1]

1833 According to Thomas Powell, "The first important factory for the construction of steam engines at Rouen was founded about the year 1833, by Mr. Lawday."[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] 'Les Anglais-en France, et plus particulièrement en Normandie, dans la "révolution industrielle" (1715-1880)' by Serge Chassagne, Études Normandes, 2013 62-2; pp. 121-140
  2. Engineering 21 June 1878 p504