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Rowland Winn (1820-1893)

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Rowland Winn, 1st Baron St Oswald (19 February 1820 – 17 January 1893) was an English industrialist and Conservative Party politician.

The eldest son of Charles Winn of Nostell Priory, near Wakefield, he lived in the 1850s in another family property, Appleby Hall near Scunthorpe, and married Harriet Dumaresque. Aware that the area had produced iron in Roman times, he searched for ironstone on his land, and found it in 1859. He marketed it to iron-makers, leased land for mining, mined his own ore and encouraged the building of iron works.

To transport the iron and to bring the coal necessary for the smelting, Winn campaigned for a railway to be built, which required the passage of an Act of Parliament. The Trent, Ancholme and Grimsby Railway opened in 1866, and Winn also built 193 houses in New Frodingham and enlarged the local school. Later, he financed the building of Scunthorpe Church of England School and St John's Church.


1893 Obituary [1]

ROWLAND WINN, LORD ST. OSWALD, whose death occurred on January 19, 1893, was a large owner of iron ore royalties in the Lincolnshire district.

He was born in 1820, and created first Baron in 1885. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1887.


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