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February - Fob Watch given to engineer, William Howe (1872)

February - Fob Watch given to engineer, William Howe (1872)

Fob Watch given to engineer, William Howe (1872)

William Howe, born in March of 1814, began working at the age of thirteen as a general carpenter for various collieries in the district of County Durham before moving onto become a patternmaker for the likes of Stockton and Darlington Railway, the Vulcan Foundry and Hawks Crawshay and Co.


In 1846 he was appointed engineer by George Stephenson at Clay Cross Collieries after inventing the three-cylinder locomotive engine in partnership with him. He also invented the Link Motion Mechanism, used on Stephenson's locomotives to control the flow of steam to the cylinders.

He was a zealous promoter of the Stephenson Memorial Hall at Chesterfield and took an active interest in the local business of Clay Cross.

When he fell upon hard times later in life, Howe was presented with upwards of £200 and this impressive Dent and Co. watch in recognition of his work and contribution to the locomotive industry.

Last updated on 30 March 2023