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William Henry Vaughan

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William Henry Vaughan (1855-1932), chairman and managing director of Vaughan Crane Co, of Vaughan and Stubbs, later Vaughan and Son.

1855 Born in Lincoln son of Henry Vaughan

1881 William Vaughan 25, engineer, and his brother John Vaughan 19, both engineers, were boarders in Chorlton on Medlock[1]

1886 William H. Vaughan was listed as engineer, &c (Vaughan and Son). Vaughan & Son listed as engineers and sole proprietors of Vaughan and Stubbs self-acting water ejector, steam trap and wrought iron pulley makers and millwrights, Royal Iron Works, West Gorton [2]

1901 William Henry Vaughan 40, mechanical and electrical engineer, employer, lived in Didsbury with his sister Henrietta Vaughan 30[3]

1911 William Henry Vaughan 50, employer in engineering (crane manufacture), lived in Didsbury with his sister Henrietta Vaughan 40[4]

1932 Died

1932 Obituary [5]

WILLIAM HENRY VAUGHAN was chairman and managing director of The Vaughan Crane Company of Manchester.

He was born in 1855 and commenced his apprenticeship in 1871 in the works of Messrs. Ruston, Proctor and Company, of which his father, the late Mr. Henry Vaughan, was works manager. He subsequently became a partner in Messrs. Vaughan and Stubbs, founded by his father in 1879.

On the retirement of Mr. Stubbs, the title of the firm was altered to Messrs. Vaughan and Son.

In 1885 the building of overhead rope-driven travelling cranes was commenced at the works at West Gorton, Manchester. Later the firm constructed the first multi-motor overhead electric travelling crane to be built in this country.

In 1915 the title, The Vaughan Crane Company, was adopted.

Mr. Vaughan had been a Member of the Institution for over forty-seven years, having been elected in 1885.

His death occurred on 29th November 1932.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. Slater's Directory of Manchester & Salford, 1886 (Part 1: Alphabetical Directory)
  3. 1901 census
  4. 1911 census
  5. 1932 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries