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William Jennings Hoyle

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1830 Born in London

1855 Partnership dissolved between George Holcroft and William Jennings Hoyle, of Manchester, consulting engineers and mill architects, 18th Dec. Debts by Holcroft. [1]

1857 Working as Manager of Richard Armitage's Upper Aspley Mill, Huddersfield[2]

1862 'William Jennings Hoyle, engineer, and John Proven, millwright, both of Halifax, for improvements in mechanism and arrangements for supplying lubricating matter to the cylinder of steam engine and to the bearings and also for other surfaces of mechanism. Dated August 19, 1862.[3]

1866 William Jennings Hoyle, Whitworth and Co, Chorlton Street, Manchester, joined I Mech E.[4]

1871 William J Hoyle 41, mechanical engineer, lived in Stretford, Manchester, with Elizabeth Hoyle 52, William E Hoyle 16, James R Hoyle 14, Alice E Hoyle 13, Mary M Hoyle 9[5]

c.1872 Moved to Newcastle to work for Sir W. G. Armstrong and Co, including a spell as assistant to Sir Andrew Noble[6]

1878 His daughter Alice married Charles William Burton in Newcastle upon Tyne[7]

1885 Provisional Patent Specification Accepted: William Jennings Hoyle, Elswick Works, Newcastle-on-Tyne, for Improvements in Carriages for heavy ordnance for land defences. [8]

1887 Died at 6 Bentinck Villas, Newcastle on Tyne, 14th March, age 67 [9]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Perry’s Bankrupt Gazette, 29 December 1855
  2. Leeds Mercury, 1 December 1857 - Report of inquest into a boiler explosion at Huddersfield, where Hoyle spoke as a witness
  3. Burnley Advertiser - Saturday 14 February 1863
  4. 1866 Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  5. 1871 census
  6. Obituary of James Rossiter Hoyle
  7. BMD
  8. Shields Daily Gazette, 2 November 1885
  9. London Daily News, 17 March 1887