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Henry William Hall Richards

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Henry William Hall Richards (1849-1925) of W. Richards and Son

1849 Born in Leicester son of William Richards (1815-1888) and his wife Elizabeth[1]

1871 Ironfounder, living in Barrow-on-Soar, with his parents William Richards 56, ironfounder, Elizabeth Richards 57 and siblings Mary A Richards 32, Arthur E Richards 15[2]

1911 Employer, iron foundry, living in Leicester with Eliza Ann Richards 60, Beatrice Mary Richards 34, and William Richards 33, Frederic Henry Richards 24, both employers in iron foundry[3]

1925 His executors were William Richards, Frederic Henry Richards, engineers, and Charles William Shaw, civil engineer[4]

1926 Obituary [5]

HENRY WILLIAM HALL RICHARDS was born in Leicestershire in 1849, and was educated at private schools in Smeeton and Leicester and at the Kettering Grammar School.

He served an apprenticeship from 1865 to 1870 in his father's works — at Leicester — and on completion of which he became a departmental manager in the business.

In 1875 he was made a partner in the firm of W. Richards and Son, Bridge and Constructional Engineers, Phoenix Iron Works, Leicester. The business was an old-established one, being founded by his father in 1844, and well known for its girder and bridge works — examples of which could be seen on many of the leading railway lines in the country — and the subject of this memoir remained connected therewith up to the time of his death, which occurred on 13th June 1925.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1897.

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1871 census
  3. 1911 census
  4. National Probate Calendar
  5. 1926 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries