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Thomas Chappell Brown-Westhead

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Thomas Chappell Brown-Westhead (c1837-1882)

1883 Obituary [1]

Mr. T. C. BROWN-WESTHEAD of Cauldon. House, Stoke-on-Trent, who died at his residence on the 29th May 1882, at the early age of forty-five, was the youngest son of the late Mr. T. P. Brown-Westhead, of Lea Castle, Worcestershire, D.L. and J.P. for that county, for many years member for York, and chairman of the London and North-Western Railway, in the promotion of whose lines he took a deep interest.

The deceased entered the Worcestershire Militia in 1854 as an ensign, and in 1856 he was introduced into the Potteries district by the late Mr. John Ridgway, senior partner in the firm of Ridgway, Bates, & Co., manufacturers of china and earthenware.

On the death of Mr. Ridgway, Mr. T. C. Brown-Westhead took the principal position in that firm, the title being changed to that of T. C. Brown-Westhead, Moore, & Co. Under his management that business has been very considerably developed and enlarged.

Mr. T. C. Brown-Westhead married in 1860 Marian, fourth daughter of the late Mr. George Foudrinier, the inventor and patentee of the paper machine.

He was elected chairman of Messrs T. P. Westhead & Co. (Limited) of Manchester in 1877, which appointment he held until his death. He was also chairman of the Hanley Colliery Company, in whose welfare he displayed much interest. He was made a J.P. for Staffordshire in 1860, and had only become a member of the Iron and Steel Institute the year before his death.

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