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George North Adams

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George North Adams (1854-1921)

1854 Son of George Adams


1921 Obituary[1]

"Adams.—On November 23, at his residence, Bromley, Penn, Wolverhampton, Mr. George North Adams, chairman of George Adams & Sons (Lim.), manufacturers of steel sheets, hoops, and bars, of the Mars Ironworks, Ettingshall, Wolverhampton, aged sixty-seven. Born at Bradley, and educated at a private school at Bath, Mr. Adams entered in 1867 the Mars. Ironworks, which were founded by his father, the late Mr. George Adams, about fifty-five years ago. After about two years Mr. Adams proceeded to the Monmore Ironworks, of which his father was manager, in addition to conducting his own business. In 1877 he returned to the Mars Ironworks, becoming a partner five years later. Upon the death,'of his father, Mr. Adams continued the business in partnership with his brother, Mr. T. B. Adams, and in 1894 the firm was converted into a limited company. The association of the two brothers was of ’the happiest. Somewhat diverse in temperament, and each the complement of the other, they laboured conscientiously for the advancement of their business and succeeded in accelerating the development of their undertaking. They took a real pride in the exceptional quality of their productions,' and by personally inspecting the output during its progress through the- works ensured the maintenance of a high' standard of quality. Mr. George Adams was a member of the Iron and Steel Institute and an old member of and regular attendant on the Birmingham Exchange. He was a Justice of the Peace for Staffordshire, and also an Alderman of the County Council. As an employers,’ representative on the Midland Iron and Steel Wages Board, he was often called upon to' arbitrate in works disputes. Music was his favourite relaxation."


1922 Obituary [2]

GEORGE NORTH ADAMS died on November 23, 1921, at his residence, Bromley, Penn, Wolverhampton.

He was born in 1854 at Bradley and was educated at a private school at Bath.

In 1867 he went to the Mars Iron Works, and two years later, in order to gain more practical experience, proceeded to the Monmore Iron Works, Wednesbury, at that time known as the works of Messrs. Wright & North, of which his father was manager.

In 1877 he returned to the Mars Iron Works and became a partner of the firm five years later.

Upon the death of his father he continued the business in partnership with his brother, Mr. T. B. Adams, and in 1894 the firm was converted into a Limited Company.

He was well known as one of the foremost ironmasters in Staffordshire. As the employers' representative on the Midland Iron and Steel Wages Board, and a member of the standing committee, he was often called in to arbitrate in works disputes.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1891.



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Sources of Information

  1. The Ironmonger 1921/12/03
  2. 1922 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries