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William Ryder

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William Ryder (1808-1867) of W. and T. Ryder, Ryder's forging machines of Bee Hive Works, Bolton.

1832 Company established.

1863 William Ryder, Machine Maker, Bolton.[1]

1867 January 21st. Died.

See also Thomas Ryder and Son.

1868 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM RYDER was born in 1808 at Turvin near Sowerby, Yorkshire, and afterwards removed to Bury, Lancashire, where his father was employed as manager in a cotton mill.

When about seventeen years of age he went to Bolton, and about 1835 commenced business there as a spindle and fly maker.

In 1840 he invented the forging machine so well known in connection with his name, for the simplification of smiths' work, which is now in general use in the principal engineering works both in this country and on the continent.

To meet the increased business consequent upon this invention he established works in 1844 in Bark Street, Bolton, which were subsequently enlarged to a considerable size.

He died on 21st January 1867 at the age of 58, after a short illness resulting from a severe cold.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1863.

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