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Charles Tayleur

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Charles Tayleur was born in 1785 (or 1774). His father, William of Rodington, had purchased Buntingsdale Hall near Market Drayton. The Tayleur family were wealthy and William owned about ten thousand acres of land including Upton Castle, Pembrokeshire.

Charles spent his early days at Buntingsdale and was the youngest of three brothers, after he received his patrimony of £10,000 he left home to seek his fortune where he worked as a merchant.

1801 A merchant, of Liverpool when he married Jane Hill, the daughter of a Liverpool merchant[1]; they set up home in Liverpool.

1803 Birth of son William Houlbrooke Tayleur[2]. Other sons were John Tayleur (b.1806) and Edward (b.1821)[3], Charles (b.1810) and Henry (b.1812)[4]

1804 Birth of daughter Mary

He bought, at a bargain price, a much overdue ship which was laden with hides and tallow from the Argentine. The ship did eventually arrive, and Charles’s investment paid a handsome dividend.

From this time on, the details of Charles’ various business ventures are none too clear although it is known that he was a merchant involved in importing and exporting, and was at various times a ship owner, a director of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, and involved in the canal trade.

1814 home address of Charles Tayleur was 19 Rodney Street, Liverpool[5]

At one time the business of Charles Tayleur and Co was shown as having a counting house in Wolstenholm Square, Liverpool.

1818 Charles moved house to 61 Duke Street, Liverpool

1818 Dissolution of the partnership in Liverpool between Charles Tayleur and John Jackson under the firm of Charles Tayleur and Company[6]

1823 he moved to Parkfield Hall, Toxteth Park, which was among the best residences in Liverpool at the time.

1824 Charles was listed as a ship owner

1827 the Company title was changed to Tayleur and Son; the following year the business moved to 69 Seal Street, in Liverpool.

c. 1830 Charles Tayleur began work on building a foundry at Newton-le-Willows, which later became Vulcan Works[7]

Charles handed control to his son, also Charles, but his health began to fail soon afterwards and another member of the family, Henry T. Tayleur, took over the business

1834 Two of Charles’ sons were recorded in the Liverpool Directory[8] - John Tayleur is shown as a merchant of Parkfield Cottage, Toxteth; William Tayleur was listed as a merchant of Bedford Square.

1841 John Tayleur 65 and Charles Tayleur 65, both of independent means, lived in Buntingsdale Hall, Market Drayton[9]

With the fortune that Charles made he bought estates in Leicestershire - at Charnwood, Hucclescote, Charnley and Donnington-le-Heath, all to the west of Leicester. He also bought estates in Devon - at Sandwell, Morleigh, Woodley, Place Captain, Hendham, Higher and Lower Preston, Harberton, Hazzard, Belsford, Babbercombe and St Mary Church in the Torquay and Totnes areas. He later lived at Hampton House, Babbacombe.

1854 Death of Charles Tayleur, registered in Newton Abbot[10]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. BMD
  3. These were surviving in 1871 when they were appointed as William's executors
  4. BMD
  5. Baines’ Liverpool Directory of 1814
  6. London Gazette 18 April 1818
  7. The Engineer 1920/01/23
  8. Baines’ Liverpool Directory
  9. 1841 census
  10. BMD
  • [1] Anson Engine Museum