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Charles Fourdrinier

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Charles Fourdrinier (1768-1841) brother to Henry Fourdrinier and Sealy Fourdrinier

1768 March 15th. Born Born in London, the son of Henry Fourdrinier, a wholesale stationer of Huguenot descent, and his wife Jemima White (1730-1781).

1795 May 25th. Married Mary Jenkin

1797 Birth of son Henry William Fourdrinier (1797-1879)

1799 Birth of daughter Jemima (1799-1853)

1803 Birth of son John Coles Fourdrinier (1803–1882)

Charles Fourdrinier worked alongside John Gamble, Leger Didot, and Bryan Donkin at J. and E. Hall's premises, to develop the machine for making paper in continuous rolls, devised by Nicolas Robert and imported by Gamble.

In June 1803, at Fort Place, Bermondsey, close to Donkin's own works, the Fourdrinier brothers erected and fitted out a factory, which they rented, and from 1811, leased, to Donkin who manufactured and sold the machines. The intention was that users would pay the Fourdriniers an annual royalty, according to the size of machine supplied.

1807 Birth of daughter Ann Maria

1810 Birth of son Frederick Fourdrinier

1812 Birth of daughter Elizabeth

1817 Changes in partnership. '...Copartnership lately subsisting between us the undersigned, in the business of Wholesale Stationers and Merchants, in Sherborne-Lane, London, under the firm of Charles Fourdrinier, Hunt, and Co has been this day dissolved by mutual consent; and the business will in future be carried on by the undersigned Charles Fourdrinier and Joseph Brooke Hunt only, the said William Abbott and Francis Morse retiring from, the business.'[1]

1841 February 7th. Died at Wandsworth aged 73

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Sources of Information

  1. [1] Gazette Issue 17291 published on the 4 October 1817. Page 7 of 20