Created Hall Family tree which the Hall information in this family tree is based on.
He had his own very successful business called J P Hall & Company of Oldham which sold Lift Motors (as well as many other types of motors) all over the world.
His company brought electricity to Gordinnog the house of his cousin Colonel Henry Platt by supplying a hydro-electric set. (Platts by R.H. Eastham pg 43).
He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquarians (elected 2nd March 1922 FSA), an archaeologist and historian.
He was the author of the book 'Caer Llugwy, Excavation Of The Roman Fort Between Capel Curig And Bettws-Y-Coed'.
Publisher: Taylor Garnett Evans (1 Jan 1923)
He was a keen shot and a fisherman. There is a picture of him with a crocodile.
He was living at Gorse bank, 80 Windsor road, Werneth, Oldham in 1924. (Kellys directory of Lancashire 1924).
1914 Who's Who in Business:
HALL, J. P., & CO., Ltd. Electrical and General Engineers, Blackriding Iron Works, Oldham, Lancashire. Hours of Business: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Established in 1887 by J. P. Hall. Directors: Joseph Platt Hall and Alfred Greaves Hall. Secretary: A. E. Marland. Specialities: Electric Generators, Motors and Accessories for Continuous and Alternating Current. Connection: United Kingdom, Foreign, Colonial. Are Contractors to H.M. Admiralty, War Office, India Office, G.P.O., Crown Agents for the Colonies, &c. Telephone: No. 300. Telegraphic Address: Dynamo, Oldham." Codes: A B C (4th and 5th Editions); A 1; Engineering (2nd Edition). Bankers: Manchester and Liverpool District Banking Co., Ltd.
1922 Who's Who in Engineering:
HALL, J. P. & Co., Ltd. , Manufacturers of Shipyard Electric Winches, Werneth, Oldham, Lancs. T. A.: "Dynamo, Oldham." T. N.: Oldham 300.
Following Obituary taken from the Journal of the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers), Vol 75, 1934:
"JOSEPH PLATT HALL, son of the late William Hall, surgeon, of Salford, was born on the 8th September 1864, and died on the 10th June, 1934, aged 69 years.
On leaving school he was in 1881 apprenticed for 5 years to Messrs. Mather and Platt, of Salford. He passed through all the departments of the firm, but was especially attached to the electrical side, which in this country was not very far advanced commercially. He took out his first patent in December, 1884, in conjunction with the late Holbrook Cushman, for the Cushman-Hall dynamo. Before leaving Messrs. Mather and Platt he went to Russia for that firm and erected electrical plant at Schlusselburg. He was subsequently employed by the Electric Portable Battery Co., Salford, as manager for about 2 years.
Entering into partnership in Oldham with the late Mr. S. Charlesworth, under the name of Charlesworth, Hall, and Co., he began to make dynamos, high speed steam engines, and search-light projectors. The firm was one of the first in this country to supply complete portable searchlight plants for the use of ships passing through the Suez canal.
In 1892 he started in business on his own account as J. P. Hall and Co., at Werneth, Oldham. The company gradually increased in size, and carried out contracts for the Government and for the principal engineering firms throughout the country. From its earliest days the firm specialized in the manufacture of motors for use in connection with electric cranes. When war broke out the firm was very early Government-controlled, and throughout worked practically day and night on the manufacture of electric motors for munitions factories.
Mr. Hall was not only an electrical engineer but also a mechanical engineer, and the combination of these qualities was the keynote of his firm's success. He sold the business in December, 1931, and retired to live in Shropshire, where he died.
He joined the Institution as a Member in 1900, being transferred from membership of the Northern Society of Electrical Engineers. He was very interested in archaeology and was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Summary of will:
Will of Joseph Platt Hall formerly of Gorse Bank, Werneth, Oldham but now of Hurst, Clunton.
I desire to be buried in the family vault at Chadderton and that no mourning shall be worn.
I appoint the District Bank Limited of Manchester to be executors and trustees, and wherever a solictor is required to use the firm of Wrigley Claydon and Fripp of Oldham.
I bequeath to:
Nephew William Reid Hall - all my guns and other firearms, postage stamps, fishing rods and tackle boats and scientific instruments.
Brother Alfred Greaves Hall - £1000 per annum
Cousin and dear friend Millicent Mary Weeks OBE - £100 per annum
Chauffeur Herbert Barker - £50
Parlour maid Maria Catherine Williams - £50
Oldham Museum - all my Natural History collections of animals birds skulls and fishes
Remainder of money to be divided into 4 equal shares of which:
1 share to pay income to sister Hannah Louise Greaves Taylor and then on her death the capital to go to her daughters
1 share to pay income to niece Beryl Mildred Peebles and then then on her death the capital to go to her children
1 share to pay income to niece Nesta Muriel Alexander and then then on her death the capital to go to her children
1 share to pay income to niece Iris Marjorie Gowin Duncuft and then then on her death the capital to go to her children
In the case that none of the above can inherit, then trust will go to Millicent Mary Weeks and her sisters, and failing that then to
children of old friend Alister Reid.
Hall, Joseph Platt of Hurst, Clunton, Aston-on-Clun, Shropshire died 10 June 1934. Probate London 24 July to District Bank Limited. Effects £131068 6s. 4d. (£8.5 million in 2015)
NB: Millicent Mary Weeks who was mentioned in the will was JP Hall's 2 cousin once removed with her great grandfather James Greaves being the brother of JP Hall's grandmother Hannah Greaves.
She was attached to Conservative Headquarters and received an OBE in 1929 for 'Political Services'.
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