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William Carver

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Lathe in the reserve collection at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry

Of Park Works, Manchester

1870 Advertising domestic sewing machines and machines for manufacturing, of every description [1]

1875 William Carver advertised as makers of special tools for light engineering purposes. An engraving showed a multi-spindle pillar drilling machine. [2]

1876 Listed in Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1876 (Part 2) as William Carver under machine makers and sewing machine makers, tool makers & dealers. Address: Park Works, Park Street, Near Ducie Bridge. The 'Streets' section of the directory gives the location as No. 10 Park Street (the address being shared with Mrs Alice Carver). After No. 10 came Cowburn Street, so we can locate the premises as being on the north side of the street, immediately east of the junction with Cowburn Street. The O.S. map of 1922 shows this to be 200 yards north of Victoria Station.

A small heavy duty lathe in the reserve collection of Manchester's Museum of Science & Industry bears the name Carver, and is assumed to be the product of William Carver. The lathe is unusual in having a wide bed and having the spindle and tailstock centre line offset to accommodate a very broad carriage.

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Sources of Information

  1. Manchester Evening News, 1st December 1870
  2. 'Iron' Sept 18 1875