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William Britain (1859-1933)

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1859 Born in Islington, son of William Britain (1831-1907)

1889 A model manufacturer when he married Lucy Kate Ashton in Islington[1]

1891 William Britain 31, scientific toy maker, lived in Upper Holloway with Lucy K Britain 23[2]

1893 William Britain Junior of Hornsey, a mechanical model maker, gained a patent on improvements in mechanical toys, to give horses the appearance of moving their limbs, which process made use of their hollow-cast legs.

1894 William Britain Junior of Hornsey, gained a patent on an improved method of delivering and receiving parcels from railway trains in motion.

1898 William Britain Junior of Colney Hatch, gained a patent on improvements in mechanical toys, to give horses the appearance of moving their limbs.

1899 William Britain Junior of Hornsey, gained a patent on improvements in methods of taking and projecting photographs.

1901 William Britain Junior 41, toys manufacturer, lived in Edmonton with Lucy K Britain 33, Dorothy K Britain 9, William E Britain 3, Kathleen M Britain 2[3]

1901 William Britain Junior of Hornsey, toy manufacturer, gained a patent on improvements in connecting together teams of toy animals.

1902 William Britain Junior of W. Britain and Sons, of Hornsey, gained a patent on improvements in toy railway signals.

1903 William Britain Junior of Muswell Hill, gained a patent on improvements in displaying advertisements.

1903 William Britain Junior of Muswell Hill, gained a patent on improvements in brakes for heavy goods vehicles.

1906 William Britain Junior of Enfield, gained a patent on improvements in joining together railway rails.

1908 William Britain of Enfield, gained a patent on improvements in flying machines.

1909 William Britain of Enfield, gained another patent on improvements in flying machines.

1911 William Britain 51, sculptor, lived in Enfield with Lucy Kate Britain 43, Kathleen M Britain 12, Frank Eric Britain 9, Leslie Dennis Britain 8, Mary Joyce Britain 6[4]

1912 William Britain and Britains Ltd, of Hornsey, gained a patent on improvements in toy hand carts, and another on toy tents.

1916 A widower when he married Mary Victoria Helen Kemp in Enfield[5]

1919 William Britain of Enfield, gained a patent on an improved set square and protractor.

1920 William Britain of Hornsey, gained a patent on improved means of propulsion of navigable vessels.

1933 Died in Islington

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Sources of Information

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  2. 1891 census
  3. 1901 census
  4. 1911 census
  5. BMD