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Charles Clement Walker

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Charles Clement Walker (c1822-1897) of C. and W. Walker

1855 of Midland Iron Works, Tipton


1897 Obituary [1]

CHARLES CLEMENT WALKER died at his residence, Lilleshall Old Hall, on February 4, 1897, at the age of seventy-five years.

He was the head of the firm of C. & W. Walker, of Donnington, Shropshire, which was established in 1858. The business rapidly increased and developed until it was, at the time of Mr. Walker's death, probably the largest of its kind in the world, and the works covered an area of over twenty acres. As gas works manufacturing engineers, the firm of Messrs. Walker had connections all over the world. Mr. Walker was well known and greatly respected, especially by the employees of his firm, whose advancement, both educational and recreative, received his constant attention.

Many institutions benefited by Mr. Walker's liberality, and he was greatly interested in astronomy and other sciences, having had an excellent observatory built at his residence.

He contributed numerous articles to magazines and to learned societies, and was for many years a Justice of the Peace for the counties of Shropshire and Stafford, and was on one or two occasions selected as a candidate for Parliament.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1886.


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