Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,408 pages of information and 233,867 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

William Firth (1835-1892)

From Graces Guide

Revision as of 16:34, 20 January 2020 by PaulF (talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to: navigation, search

William Firth (1835-1892) of William Firth, iron master and iron merchant.

1835 Born son of George Firth, who started as an iron merchant in Leeds.

1851 George Firth 48, iron merchant, lived in Leeds, with George Firth 19, William Firth 15, iron monger, Mortimer Firth 11, Arthur Firth 10, Catherine Firth 28, Fred Firth 26, Esther Firth 25[1]

Married Selina

1881 William Firth 45, iron merchant, lived in Leeds with Selina Firth 34, William Firth Junior 11, Maud Josephina Firth 11, Fred George Firth 8, Beatrice Firth 6, Hilda M. Firth 3, Norah F. Firth 2, Gerald G. Firth 1[2]

c1881 Birth of son Douglas Ambrose Firth

1892 Died in Woodesly and Water Lane, Leeds

1892 Obituary [3]

WILLIAM FIRTH was born at Leeds on 27th August 1835.

On leaving school he joined his father in his business of iron and steel merchant, which had been started about 1823 and gradually increased, chiefly in connection with local engineering firms and with collieries in various parts of England. In the latter he did much in recent years to introduce the use of rolled steel girders in the place of timber supports for the roof of mines; and also a pit prop formed from a steel girder.

He was also managing director of the Thornhill Iron and Steel Co., Dewsbury.

His death took place at Leeds on 12th November 1892, in the fifty-eighth year of his age.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1887.

See Also


Sources of Information