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G. C. Fox

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G. C. Fox (Shipping Brokers) was a major shipping agency and broker in the growing freight port of Falmouth. G. C. Fox and Sons, shipbrokers, of Falmouth

1762 The company was established (presumably) by George Croker Fox

1783. Listed as 'Fox, George C. and Sons, Merchants at Falmouth' and also listed as 'Fox, George C., Blake and Co. Manufacturers of cordage, twine, canvas, netting etc. of Falmouth' [1]

1780 Robert Were Fox (1754–1818), second son of George Croker Fox, was a principal partner in the family firm, G. C. Fox & Sons, from 1780 until 1810, and during this period consolidated the company's position in the rich Gwennap copper mines, notably as adventurers in Poldice and Wheal Unity. In partnership with John Williams of Scorrier, another local mining magnate, he also purchased the mineral rights of the duchy of Cornwall for a period of thirty-one years, operating as Fox, Williams and Co.

2003 passed out of family control on September 30. It remains the oldest ship agency company in Falmouth.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1783 Bailey's Western and Midland Directory
  • Biography ODNB [1]