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Charles Reed

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1819 Born 20th June at Sonning, son of Andrew Reed

1836 Apprenticed to woolen manufacturer in Leeds

1839 With a friend, published "The Leeds Repository"

1842 Founded Reed and Tyler, printers, in Fleet St., London

1844 Married Margaret Baines

1849 Moved to a new firm, Reed and Pardon, in Hatton Garden

1855 Became a member of the Court of Common Council

1861 Master printer employing 140 persons; lived in South Hackney[1]

1861 His friend, Alderman Robert Besley, retired from his type founding business Robert Besley and Co; Reed took advantage of the gap left by Besley and established his own business in Fann Street - Reed and Fox.

1868 Elected MP for Hackney

1871 Type founder, employing 100 men and 40 boys, living in West Hackney with Margaret Reed 52, Andrew H Reed 22, type founder, Agnes T Reed 20, Talbot B Reed 19, type founder, Eliott Pye Reed 17, Kenneth S Reed 9[2]

1873 Became chairman of the London School Board

1874 Knighted

1881 Died in Tottenham. His son Eliot became chairman of the family business in 1890.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. 1871 census
  • Dictionary of National Biography