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Josiah Richards

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Josiah Richards (1823-1888)

c.1824 Born in Dowlais

1856 of the Ebbw Vale Iron Co

1881 Josiah Richards JP, 57, ironmaster, living in Pontypool with Jane Richards 53, Ann M. Hemmer 80, his mother in law, Winsor E. Richards 19, mechanical engineer[1]



1888 Obituary [2]

JOSIAH RICHARDS was born at Dowlais on 15th November 1823, and after an apprenticeship at the Dowlais Iron Works was appointed in November 1849 chief engineer to the Ebbw Vale Works, which post he held until May 1860, being then promoted to the management of the Abersychan Ironworks, the property of the Ebbw Vale Iron Co., where he remained until December 1870.

In conjunction with others he leased the Pontypool Iron and Tinplate Works, and was senior partner up to 1886; during this time he increased very much the productive power of the works.

His death took place on 3rd March 1888, in the sixty-fifth year of his age, at his residence, Plas Llecha, Tredunnoc, Monmouthshire, of which county he was a justice of the peace and deputy lieutenant.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1856.


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