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Francis Rufford

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Francis Rufford (c1780- ) of Rufford and Co

Francis Rufford opened his fire brick works in 1802 and it closed in 1936. As well as manufacturing fire-bricks, Rufford & Co made glazed baths, sinks and troughs. Francis Rufford also had banking interests and enjoyed considerable wealth and influence. He was elected MP for Worcester and became Chairman of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway. In 1856 he became Sherrif of Worcester. His bank failed in 1851 ruining himself and other members of the family.

1851 Bankrupt. 'Philip Rufford, Francis Rufford, and Charles John Wragge, bankers, trading under the style or firm of Rufford and Wragge, at Stourbridge, Worcester.'[1]

1851 Bankrupt. 'Philip Rufford and Francis Rufford, bankers, carrying on business under the style or firm of Rufford, Biggs, and Co., at Broomsgrove, Worcester.'[2]

c1823 Birth of son Francis Tongue Rufford

Died in 1840s

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