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1814 Born in Birmingham son of William Westley Richards and his wife Ann
Seems to have moved to London (perhaps representing the Westley Richards family business) whilst his brother, Charles, stayed in Birmingham and worked in the factory.
1845 Westley Richards, esquire, married Emma Fane in London; his father was also recorded as "esquire"
1854 Provided services to the government which resulted in the Enfield Rifle. The government awarded him £1000 for his services.
Presumably became involved in the family business Westley Richards and Sons
1855 Patent to Westley Richards, manufacturer of Birmingham, and Joseph Rock Cooper, manufacturer of Birmingham, on "an improvement or improvements in breech loading fire arms"
1858 Invented the capping breech-loading rifle and the necessary cartridge
1859 Invented the top-lever breech-loading gun
1861 A widower, gentleman, staying in a hotel in Rugby
1862 Patent on "improvements in cannon and other fire-arms, and in apparatus connected therewith."
1865 Death of his father
1866 Patent on "improvements in breech loading fire arms and cartridges."
1867 Patent on "improvements in fire arms and cartridges."
1869 Patent on "improvements in cartridges."
1871 Death of his brother, Charles.
1871 Patent on "improvements in breech loading fire arms, and in cartridges for breech loading fire arms."
1871 A gun manufacturer, living in Birmingham
Discontinued active connection with the business and moved to Oakham but retained interest in the business.
1881 JP, living in Rutland