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William Jessop (1856-1905)

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William Jessop (c1856-1905), Chairman of William Jessop and Sons

c.1856 Born, son of Thomas Jessop

Obituary 1905 [1]

. . . chairman of William Jessop and Sons . . . only son of the late Mr. Thomas Jessop, who was Master Cutler in 1863, and Mayor of Sheffield for two years - 1863 and 1844. The business of William Jessop and Sons has existed under its present title since 1830, but the records of the Jessops in Sheffield steel manufacture go as far back as 1774. The works were originally in Blast-lane, but after their removal to Brightside, under the direction of the brothers Sidney and Thomas Jessop . . . The business was converted into a limited company in 1875, and five years later be became a director. On the death of his father in November, 1887, he succeeded to the chairmanship . . . [more]

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