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Henry Hall Summers

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1865 Born in Stalybridge, son of John Summers, Senior and his wife, Mary

of John Summers and Sons

1891 Henry Hall Summers 26, iron master manufacturing, employer, lived in Saddleworth with his wife M G Summers 23[1]

1896 The Summers brothers decided to expand on a 'greenfield site', eventually selecting Sealand Marshes on the Dee estuary, where the Hawarden Bridge (Shotton) Works was established, opening in 1896.

1901 Ironmaster, employer, living in Stalybridge with Minnie G Summer 32, Geoffrey Summer 9, Maside G Summer 6, Henry G Summer 3[2]

James and Frank Summers were in charge at Shotton; John and Harry remaining at Stalybridge. However, Harry visited Shotton regularly, and became dissatisfied, considering that James and Frank and the senior managers were not devoting sufficient time to the business.

By 1908 Shotton had outgrown the Stalybridge works, and the headquarters was moved there. Harry was put in charge, and removed the under-performing managers.

1911 Director of companies, widowed, living in London[3]

1913 Harry took over from James after the latter's death

1945 Died in Knaresborough[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. 1901 census
  3. 1911 census
  4. BMD
  • 'The Summers of Shotton' by Brian Redhead and Sheila Gooddie, Hodder & Stoughton, 1987