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Charles Nevill

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1753 Born in May, the youngest of the seven children of Thomas Nevill (c.1723–c.1783) of Lichfield and his first wife, Elizabeth Parrock.

He entered the Birmingham copper trade

1777 Married Sarah Willets (d. 1782) of Rowley Regis, Staffordshire; three children from this marriage

1780s Was recognized as an important Birmingham button maker.

1784 Married Martha (c.1746–1821), daughter of Richard Janion of Colchester and widow of William Acton. One son, Richard Janion Nevill from this marriage.

c.1793 Having become a shareholder in the Birmingham Mining and Copper Co, he moved to south Wales to manage the company's new copper smelting works at Swansea, Glamorgan.

In 1794 he moved to Swansea to manage the copper smelting works the company had purchased from Alexander Raby in 1791.[1]

Recognised the potential of Llanelli, about 12 miles west of Swansea, with its undeveloped coalfield, as a location for another copper smelter - the Llanelly Copper Works.

1805 The partnership of Daniell, Savill, Guest, and Nevill, coppersmelters was formed in March 1805.

Nevill moved to the town to supervise the construction and commissioning of the Llanelli copperworks and its associated dock.

1813 Charles Nevill died at home in Llanelli on 20 November.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 'The Industrial and Maritime History of Llanelli and Burry Port 1750 to 2000' by R. S. Craig, R. Protheroe Jones & M. V. Symons, Carmarthenshire County Council: Llanelli, 2002, ISBN 0906 821 584
  • Biography of Charles Nevill, ODNB