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Beecroft and Heath

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of Kirkstall Forge, Leeds

1817 Directory: Ironfounder [1]

1841 The census shows a number of families at Kirkstall Forge including those of John Brooke, Joseph Tordoff, Henry Clough, George Blythe, Samuel Scott, John Beech, William Bywater, John Binnie, Joseph Taylor, William Adams, Ann Butler, George Beecroft, Mary Beecroft, William Brooke, William Leedham, Thomas Lea, George Blythe, Thomas Firth, Thomas Balmforth, Joseph Ormond, George Wright, Mark Smith, James Elliker, John Davis, Edward Chapman, Mary Speight, Sarah Allan, William Birkhead, John Bonell, John Barrett, Barnaby Ripley, James Adams, Robert Gilham, Samuel Speight, William Adams, William Roundell, William Davis, Robert Leuty, William Balmforth and Jonathan Barrett. More than 200 persons listed as living at Kirkstall Forge.[2]

1841/8 The Butler brothers John Octavius, Thomas and Ambrose entered into a partnership with their cousin George Skirrow Beecroft, late J.P. for Leeds, called Beecroft, Butler and Co at the old ironworks at Kirkstall Forge

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