Here is an interesting little item that was lent to us by John H.
I have no information whatsoever on it. I haven't yet tracked down where the company was either.
Anyone who can help, please contact us.
John Barnouin Rowcliffe was a wire manufacturer with a small workshop in Godley that employed 2 boys and 12 men. He was born in Tarporley, Cheshire, and married in Manchester in 1859. As far as can be ascertained the business operated from about 1865 until around 1878.
A little more about John Barnouin Rowcliffe. He lived on Mottram Road, before coming to Hyde he had been an apprentice draper,he was about 17/18 at the time. He then became a manufacturer of small miscellaneous items in Cheetham Hill, Manchester. This was in the late 1850's and early 1860's. He then took up wire manufacturing in Hyde,in the late 1870's he moved to Macclesfield. He died in Chorlton, Manchester, in 1916.
In February 1897, the partnership between John B. Rowcliffe, Fred Rowcliffe and Henry Jermy, carring on business as Engineers and Tool Makers, Levenshulme under the firm of Atlas Engineers was dissolved by mutual consent.
In August 1878, John B. Rowcliffeof Godley was given notice in respect of his invention for woven elastic wire web for matresses.
In 1865, his partnership with James Dillon, Manchester and elsewhere,as small manufacturers under the name J.B.Rowcliff was dissolved.
In 1860, the firm of J.B.Rowcliffe and company, Ducie Street, Manchester, granted patent for the invention of improvements in the apparatus for winding yarn or thread on pin bobbins.
Many thanks to Maloney for supplying the details above !