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John Summers

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John Summers (1857-1910) of John Summers and Sons

1857 Born in Ashton Under Lyne, son of John Summers, Senior and his wife Mary[1]

After the death of their father, the main burden of John Summers and Sons was carried by the eldest and third sons, James and John, later to be joined by some of the younger brothers.

1881 Three of the Summers brothers were living together in Ashton under Lyne: James W. Summers 32, John Summers 24, Alfred Summers 20; all described as Iron Masters (Employing About 500 Hands)[2]

By 1889 the partners in the business were all Summers - James, John, William, Walter, Harry and Frank.

1894 they 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.

James and Frank Summers were in charge at Shotton, John and Harry remaining at Stalybridge.

1901 Iron manufacturer, employer, living in Stalybridge with Ada J Summers 39, Ada N Summers 13[3]


1910 Obituary [4]

JOHN SUMMERS died on May 20, 1910, in his fifty-third year.

He was connected with the firm of John Summers & Sons, Ltd., galvanised sheet manufacturers, of Globe Ironworks, Stalybridge, and Hawarden Ironworks, near Chester.

He had been in poor health for some time, suffering from a heart affection, and until last year he took a very active part in the management of the Stalybridge works of the company.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1890.


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Sources of Information

  • 'The Summers of Shotton' by Brian Redhead and Sheila Gooddie, Hodder & Stoughton, 1987