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Alfred William Hickman

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Alfred William Hickman (1851-1902) of Alfred Hickman

1902 Obituary [1]

ALFRED WILLIAM HICKMAN died at Torquay on August 21, 1902, at the age of fifty-three years. Mr. Hickman was resting at Torquay prior to undertaking a voyage to Ceylon for the benefit of his health.

He was educated at Honiton, and on leaving school entered his father's works at Spring Vale, of which later on he took over the management. Formerly the works were devoted solely to the manufacture of pig iron, but in the early eighties a steelworks was erected on adjoining ground, and Mr. Hickman, who was appointed one of the directors, for more than twenty years devoted himself to the management of these concerns.

Besides the businesses mentioned collieries near Nuneaton and iron ore quarries near Banbury had to be controlled. All these concerns are now carried on under the title of Alfred Hickman (Ltd.), of which company Mr. Hickman was the general manager. It was not until about three months before his death that he learned that he was suffering from Bright's disease, and its development was very rapid.

He was well known in the iron trade of the Midlands, and was a regular attendant at the iron-masters' weekly meetings at Birmingham. He was a Justice of the Peace for Staffordshire, but took no active part in public affairs. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1883.

1902 Obituary.[2]

...eldest son of Sir Alfred Hickman, of Wolverhampton...

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