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Charles Clement Walker

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

c.1822 Born in London, son of Charles Walker

1851 Charles Clement Walker 28 and his brother William Thomas Walker 22, both engineers, were living in Clerkenwell[1]

At some point married Katharina, a naturalized citizen of German origin.

1855 of Midland Iron Works, Tipton, and of Little Button-street, Middlesex

1856 Indenture recorded between Charles Walker, Charles Clement Walker, Matthew Walker, and William Thomas Walker, of the Midland Iron Works, Tipton, and of Little Button-street, in the county of Middlesex, Engineers, of the first part; George Staley, of the Butterley Iron Works, Alfreton, Robert Broad, of the firm of the Horsley Company, Tipton, and John Hartland the younger, of the Eagle Coal and Iron Co, Tipton of the second part; and the several other persons whose names are thereunto set and seals affixed, being severally creditors in their own right or in copartnership, or being agents or attorneys of creditors, of the said Charles Walker, Charles Clement Walker, Matthew Walker, and William Thomas Walker, of the third part; all the real and personal estate and effects, whatsoever and wheresoever, of the said Charles Walker, Charles Clement Walker, Matthew Walker, and William Thomas Walker, were conveyed and assigned unto the said George Staley, Robert Broad, and John Hartland, their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, upon trust, for the benefit of all the creditors of the said Charles Walker, Charles Clement Walker, Matthew Walker, and William Thomas Walker.[2]

1861 Charles Walker 38, engineer and farmer of 8 acres, lived in Donnington, Salop, with Katharina Walker 29 and his father Charles Walker 74, engineer[3]

1871 Charles Clement Walker 48, civil engineer employing 360 men and 40 boys, lived in Donnington with Katharine Walker 39 and his nephew Friedrick Week 14, mechanial engineer (born Germany).[4]

1881 Charles C. Walker 58, J.P., civil and manufacturing engineer, employing x66 men and boys, lived in Donnington with Katharina Walker 49 and Friedrick Week 24, engineer (assistant)[5]



1897 Obituary [6]

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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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. The London Gazette 4 April 1856
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1871 census
  5. 1881 census
  6. 1897 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries