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George Attwood

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George Attwood ( - d.1817), ironmaster

The Attwood family was heavily involved in promoting the industrialization of the region around Birmingham.

George Attwood began mining the iron ore deposits of Halesowen in the middle of the eighteenth century, and opened the Corngreaves steel furnaces in 1771.

By 1797 he had also opened a steel mill and a copper and rolling mill in Birmingham

1817 On his death, he left a flourishing business to his sons Matthias Attwood and James Attwood.

Matthias bought the mineral rights to a 250 acre estate, close to Hawne, and a further estate of 175 acres in 1806. The Attwood family's concerns in the West Midlands flourished in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. As a result, Matthias opened a bank in Birmingham in 1791, in partnership with Issac Spooner.

Matthias son's included Charles Attwood and James Henry Attwood and Thomas Attwood.


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Sources of Information

  • Biography of Charles Attwood, ODNB [1]
  • Biography of Thomas Attwood, ODNB [2]