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Alfred Chapman

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Alfred Chapman (1839-1917), partner of Fawcett, Preston and Co

1857 Joined Fawcett, Preston and Co

1872 Re-joined Fawcett, Preston and Co with his brother James Gregson Chapman as partners

1878 Married Edith Lottine daughter of Sydney Whiting, Barrister

1901 Living at Glynhurst, Dingle Lane, Toxteth Park: Alfred Chapman (age 62 born Preston), Civil Engineer. With his wife Edith L. Chapman (age 41 born London) and their three children; Daisy Chapman (age 19 born Liverpool); Madge Chapman (age 17 born Liverpool); and Gordon Chapman (age 16 born West Kirby). Three servants.[1]

1901 Living at Elm Park Gardens, Chelsea: James G. Chapman (age 68 born Liverpool), Civil Engineer. With his wife Margaret Chapman (age 45 born Mayfair, London). Also a visitor Alfred Chapman (age 62 born Preston), born Preston. Four servants.[2]

1911 Living at 23 Abercromby Square, Liverpool: Alfred Chapman (age 72 born Preston), Engineer and Ironfounder - Employer. With his wife Edith Lotine Chapman (age 52 born London) and their son Gordon Chapman (age 26 born West Kirby), Engineer and Motor Maker - Employer. They have been married 31 years with three children. Four servants.[3]


1918 Obituary [4]

ALFRED CHAPMAN, son of Captain James Chapman, R.N., was born at Preston in 1839.

In 1854, at 16 years of age, he commenced his apprenticeship with Mr. John Clayton, of Preston, and three years later continued his apprenticeship with Messrs. Fawcett, Preston & Co., the well-known Engineering Firm, of Liverpool.

He visited Cuba in 1862, and remained there for several years, erecting and setting to work sugar machinery built by Messrs. Fawcett, Preston & Co., and in 1870 went to Egypt, where he erected at Feshn, a sugar factory supplied by the same firm for the Khedive of Egypt, the largest factory of that day.

He became a partner of Messrs. Fawcett, Preston & Co., in 1872, and afterwards visited many parts of the world in connection with the supplying and installing of machinery for the manufacture of sugar, remaining with Messrs: Fawcett, Preston & Co. as partner and director until his death on 11th July, 1917. He was an acknowledged authority on sugar production, and on that subject he contributed valuable articles to the "Encyclopedia Britannica."

Mr. Chapman was a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. and was elected a Member of the Liverpool Engineering Society on the 13th December, 1899.



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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 Census
  2. 1901 Census
  3. 1911 Census
  4. 1918 Liverpool Engineering Society: Obituaries