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William Borrows

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William Borrows (1850-1900) of E. Borrows and Sons


1900 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BORROWS was born at Sutton St. Helens, Lancashire, on 6th August 1850.

After having been educated at Ampleforth College, Yorkshire, he entered the workshops of his father, Mr. Edward Borrows, at St. Helens Junction, and curved his time as a turner. On the completion of his apprenticeship he passed through the various departments in the works, and in this way acquired a full practical experience which enabled him to take the management of the business on the death of his father in 1881.

He devised an improved method of grinding and polishing plate glass, and invented a grip plate for attaching pedestal hangers and brackets to rolled joists, beams, or cast girders, without drilling holes through the flanges.

Having been in failing health for some months, his death took place at his residence at Sutton St. Helens, on 24th September 1900, at the age of fifty.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1888.


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