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Stephen Thompson

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Stephen Thompson (1821-1886) Ironmaster of Wolverhampton and senior partner in firm S. Thompson and Son

Born c.1821[1] near Bilston; brother William; sister Hannah (married name Lews)[2].

Early in his life he took over the Highfield Boiler Works from his brother William when the business got into difficulties[3].

Stephen married Sarah (c.1824 - )[4].

1860 Stephen was sufficiently well known as an expert in boilers as to be called to testify at an inquest into a number of boiler explosions[5].

c. 1860 Stephen continued to run the Highfield business until John Thompson bought it from him, after which Stephen bought the Bradley tin-plate works.

1878 Stephen erected the Manor Ironworks, where he continued to work until his death.

"A Liberal in politics and a Baptist in religion"[6].

1886 10th December, died at Penn Manor, aged 65, after a long illness. Also gave an address of Brimear Masher Hall, Montgomery[7].

1886 He left a large fortune. As well as his immediate family, those mentioned in the will included the children of his brother-in-law Samuel Huxley, of his sister-in-law Mrs Selina Turner. The business was carried on by his executors: Sarah Thompson[8], Stephen John Thompson[9], and his 3 nephews John Thompson[10], William Thompson and Samuel Thompson, and William Evans[11].


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Sources of Information

  1. or possibly born c.1822, Sedgley
  2. Birmingham Daily Post, 12 January 1888
  3. Birmingham Daily Post, 11 December 1886
  4. 1861 census
  5. The Times, 29 May 1860
  6. Birmingham Daily Post, 11 December 1886
  7. Birmingham Daily Post, 17 December 1886
  8. his wife, born c.1821, Sedgley
  9. his son, born c.1853, Sedgley
  10. presumably the one shown as of Highfield Boiler Works, Wolverhampton, who became managing director
  11. Birmingham Daily Post, 12 January 1888