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Robert Besley

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c.1791 Born in Exeter, Devon

1821 Married Eliza Courteney Sheppard in Clerkenwell[1]

1838 Went into partnership with William Thorowgood

1841 Type founder, lived in Clerkenwell[2]

1849 The business became Robert Besley and Co

1851 Type founder, lived in Hornsey[3]

1861 Type founder, employing 150 men, lived in Edmonton[4]

1861 Robert Besley and Benjamin Fox were registered as electors at a house in Aldersgate Without, London[5]

1861 Alderman Robert Besley retired from the business which became Reed and Fox

1871 Retired type founder, Alderman of the City of London, lived in Wandsworth with Eliza Besley 70[6]

1876 Died in Wimbledon Park[7]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1841 census
  3. 1851 census
  4. 1861 census
  5. London, England, Land Tax Records
  6. 1871 census
  7. BMD