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Alfred Fryer

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Alfred Fryer (c1831-1892), head of the firm of Fryer, Benson and Forster and of Manlove, Alliott, Fryer and Co

c1831 Born at Rastrick, Yorkshire, the son of Dr Simeon Fryer

1865 Produced the "Concretor," by which the juice of the cane became solid, and loss in shipping was obviated.

Established Fryer and Co., at Rouen, later managed by his younger son, Henry Dyson Fryer.

1871 Living at Elm Hirst, Fulshaw, Cheshire: Alfred Fryer (age 40 born Rastrick, Yorkshire), Sugar Refiner employing 200 men. With his wife Anne E. Fryer (age 42 born darlington) and their four children; Henry D. Fryer (age 12 born Manchester); Sarah M. Fryer (age 10 born Manchester); Mary E. Fryer (age 8 born Wilmslow); and Gertrude A. Fryer (age 6 born Wilmslow). Two servants,[1]

1874 Designed and patented a "Destructor", the first commercial incinerator for the destruction of waste, manufactured by Manlove, Alliott and Co and became a partner in that company

In 1884, he retired from active business.

1885 Fryer's Concrete Co Ltd was voluntarily wound up[2]

He fitted up his residence at Wilmslow as an astronomical observatory, and became intimate with Lockyer, Proctor, Balfour Stewart and other scientists.

He was author of "Peculiarities of Vital Statistics of the Society of Friends," "Floating Lightships," "Influence of Forests on Rainfall," " Balance of Trade," "Cost of Living in various Countries," "The Silver Question," " Wilmslow Graves - a local history," and edited "American Investments" for the Jarvis Conklin Co., Kansas.

He frequently crossed the Atlantic on business.

His Wilmslow home contains mementos of visits to Egypt, Palestine, the Indies, and the Far West.

1892 December 13th. Died at Elm Hirst, Wilmslow, and was buried in the Friends' Burial Ground. Probate to his widow Ann Eliza Fryer

His family consists of Alfred Cooper Fryer, Ph.D., M.A., Henry Dyson Fryer, Sarah Maria, wife of Rev. J. Collins Odgers, B.A., Mary Emily, wife of Rev. J. Stuart Reid, and Gertrude Anne Fryer, of Wilmslow.


1892 Obituary [3]



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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. London Gazette 18 December 1885
  3. Engineering 1892 Jul-Dec: Index: General Index
  • The History of Brighouse, Rastrick, and Hipperholme by Joseph Horsfall Turner.