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Benjamin Whitehouse (1833-1913)

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Benjamin Whitehouse (1833-1913) of H. B. Whitehouse and Sons

Son of Henry Bickerton Whitehouse

1913 Obituary [1]

BENJAMIN WHITEHOUSE died at his residence at Wood Bank, Sandyfields, Sedgley, on May 9, 1913, aged eighty. He was for over half a century intimately associated with the coal and iron trades of South Staffordshire. He was the son of the late Henry Bickerton Whitehouse, a well-known Black Country ironmaster, and the proprietor of the Priorfield Furnaces, Deepfield. In his early years he was associated with the Wallbrook Furnaces at Coseley, but later joined his father at Priorfield, the style of the firm being changed to H. B. Whitehouse & Son.

A few years ago the old furnaces in which the Priorfield branch of foundry was produced were dismantled, and the state of the iron trade at that period did not warrant their reconstruction. He took an active part in the establishment of the South Staffordshire Mines Drainage Commission, of which he was a member up to the time of his death.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1904.

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