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William Whitmore (c1748-1819)
1796 Patent granted to William Whitmore of Birmingham, dated 26 January 1796, relating to improvements in weighing machines for waggons, etc.
1808 An advertisement in 'Bisset's Magnificent Guide or Grand Copper Plate Directory for the Town of Birmingham, 1808' shows a view of William Whitmore’s Manufactory. The Directory describes him as an 'Engineer and manufacturer of all Kinds of rolling and flatting Mills, Machines for weighing Barges, Boats, Waggons, &c., Engines, Lathes, Stamps, Presses and Lancashire Watch-tools &c.' 
In the early 19th century, Newhall Hill, Birmingham, was the site of extensive sandpits. The sand was used for building and as foundry moulding sand. The Whitmore Arm was a branch canal off the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal. William Whitmore owned a foundry alongside the new arm and was involved in building the Stratford Canal. 
Appointed Engineer to the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, 23 January 1811 
1819 September. Died. At Aston Furnace, in his 72nd year, William Whitmore, formerly of Birmingham, 'an engineer of very considerable eminence'.