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Wilson Lloyd (1835-1908), Coal and Iron Master

1835 September 3rd. Born at Wood Green, Wednesbury the son of Samuel Lloyd

1861 Living at Wood Green, Wednesbury: Samuel Loyd (age 65 born Birmingham), Coal and Iron Master. With his four children; Joseph F. Loyd (age 27 born Wednesbury), Coal and Iron Master; Wilson Loyd (age 25 born Wednesbury), Coal and Iron Master; Anna Loyd (age 23 born Wednesbury); and William H. Loyd (age 21 born Wednesbury), Coal and Iron Master. Three servants.[1]

1862 Wilson Lloyd, Old Park Iron Works, Wednesbury.[2] - Lloyds, Fosters and Co

1866 of Moor Hall, Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham.

1908 Obituary [3]

WILSON LLOYD died at his residence, Park Lane House, Wednesbury, on September 5, 1908, at the age of seventy-three. He was born at Wednesbury, and received his scholastic training at York, becoming in early life a diligent student of mechanical and mining engineering, spending some years in the drawing-offices and workshops at the Old Park Works, Wednesbury, established by his father.

He completed his industrial education by spending a term at the Monway Forge to learn the processes of iron-making. Subsequently he became manager of the collieries and blast-furnaces in connection with the Old Park Works, but in 1859 went on an eleven months' tour through the United States, Canada, and the West Indies.

On returning he became manager for his father of some collieries in North Staffordshire, but, his father dying in the same year, Mr. Lloyd became a partner in the well-known firm of Lloyds, Foster & Company, whose business operations were on a scale of considerable magnitude. He retained his connection with this business until 1866, when it was taken over by the Patent Shaft and Axle-Tree Company.

In 1867 he became a director of the Darlaston Steel and Iron Company, then an important concern, of which he eventually became manager.

In 1873, however, he sold his interest in that business, and severed his connection with it, subsequently purchasing first the Bescot Colliery, afterwards the Bescot Forge, and more recently the Forge Pool Colliery.

In 1878 he became a director of the Sandwell Park Colliery Company - a position he retained to the time of his death. He was also a member of the South Staffordshire Mines Drainage Commissioners, of which body he was formerly chairman.

He entered Parliament in 1885, and at the ensuing election he was defeated, but in 1892 he again won the seat.

He was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, of the Royal Society of Arts, and was an original member of the Iron and Steel Institute.

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