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Bragge, William (1823–1884), civil engineer and steel manufacturer, was born at Birmingham on 31 May 1823, the third son of Thomas Perry Bragge, a manufacturing jeweller. After some years of general tuition, Bragge studied practical engineering with two Birmingham firms, and in his leisure applied himself closely to the study of mechanics and mathematics. In 1845 he entered the office of a civil engineer, and soon after engaged in railway surveying. He acted first as assistant engineer and then as engineer-in-chief of part of the line from ...

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Mather, Sir William (1838–1920), mechanical engineer and textile equipment manufacturer, was born in John Street, Manchester, on 15 July 1838, the son of William Mather senior (d. 1858) and his wife, Amelia, daughter of James Tidswell of Manchester. The family operated a small machine works and iron foundry in ...