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William Westley Richards

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1785 Born in Edgbaston

Married Ann

1812 Went into business - see Westley Richards and Co

1814 A silversmith; birth of son Westley[1]

1823 A silversmith; birth of son Charles[2]

1832 Dissolution of the Partnership between William Westley Richards and Henry Edwards in the businesses of Silversmiths, Jewellers, Cutlers; &c. at Birmingham; the trades were to be carried on by Mr. Edwards[3]

1841 Westley Richards 50, a gun maker, living in Edgbaston, with Charles Richards 15, George Richards 15, William Richards 10[4]

Married Harriet

1849 Chairman of the Birmingham Exhibition

1851 Westley Richards, Birmingham, formerly Plater and Jeweller, was appointed one of the Jurors of the Great Exhibition[5]

1851 Wessley Richards 60, gun manufacturer, living in Edgbaston with Harriet Richards 58, Mary A Richards 29, Charles Richards 27, gun manufacturer, George Richards 25, solicitor in practice[6]

1854 Patent on "An improvement or improvements in loading certain kinds of fire-arms"[7]

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[8]

1855 Patent to William Westley Richards, of Birmingham, Gun Manufacturer, for the invention of "an improvement or improvements in repeating or revolving firearms."[9]

1861 Westley Richards 72, magistrate and gun manufacturer, living in Edgbaston, with Harriett Richards 69, Charles Richards 37, gun manufacturer, Mary Ann Richards 39[10]

1865 Died[11]

1869 Charles married; William Westley was described as "Esquire"

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Birmingham Parish Records
  2. Parish Records
  3. London Gazette 16 November 1832
  4. 1841 census
  5. Edinburgh Gazette 29 April 1851
  6. 1851 census
  7. London Gazette 24 July 1957
  8. London Gazette 21 July 1859
  9. London Gazette 11 May 1855
  10. 1861 census
  11. National Probate calendar