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Henry Clapham

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Henry Clapham (1827-1883) of Henry Clapham and Co

1827 Born in Benwell, son of Anthony and Elizabeth Clapham[1]

1851 Henery Clapham 24, commission merchant, lived in Newcastle, his parents and sister Anna M Clapham 19[2]

1861 Coal merchant, lived in Westgate, Newcastle, with Esther M Clapham 22 and his sister Lucy E Clapham 20[3]

1871 Import and export merchant, lived in Gateshead with Esther Clapham 32, Ethel Clapham 9, Lionel Clapham 8, Maud Clapham 2[4]

1881 Town Councillor, Shipowner, lived in Elswick with Esther M. Clapham 42, Ethel Clapham 19, Maud Clapham 12, Norman Clapham 8, Henry Clapham 1[5]

1883 Died in Newcastle, aged 56[6]


1883 Obituary [7]

Mr. HENRY CLAPHAM, who died at his residence, Jesmond Cottage, Newcastle-on-Tyne, on the 4th of June last, was the son of Mr. Anthony Clapham of that town, and the founder of the Friars Goose Chemical Works, on the Tyne.

After having received a training, partly scientific and partly commercial, under his father, the deceased became head of the firm of Henry Clapham & Company, shipowners and shipbrokers, in which capacity he was a large shipper of coke from, and importer of iron ore into, the Tyne.

He was also a director of the Newcastle Chemical Company (Limited), and of the Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Company (Limited). He was one of the first to recognise the value of steel for shipbuilding, and had two steamers built of that material when its employment was regarded in many quarters with distrust.

Mr. Clapham took an active part in the public affairs of his native town and district. He was Sheriff of Newcastle at the time of his death. He was also a borough magistrate, a director of the Working Men's Dwellings Company (Limited), and a member of the Newcastle Corporation, and of the Town Improvement Committee.

He was elected a member of the Institute at the Newcastle meeting in 1877.


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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1851 census
  3. 1861 census
  4. 1871 census
  5. 1881 census
  6. BMD
  7. 1883 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries