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Robert Broad (1821-1874)

He was for many years the proprietor of the Horsley Ironworks, and carried out heavy iron work contracts, particularly for railways both English nnd foreign. Some of the work constructed by him was for India, and he had a high reputation for carrying out his contracts in a satisfactory manner. [1]

1821 Born in Crawley, son of Thomas and Mary Broad[2]

1841 Lived in Harborne[3]

c1847 Became proprietor of Horseley Ironworks

1847 Married Ann Hughes in Warwick; Broad was an engineer of King's Swinford[4]

1848 of the Horseley Ironworks, near Tipton

1856 Indenture recorded between Charles Walker, Charles Clement Walker, Matthew Walker, and William Thomas Walker, of the Midland Iron Works, Tipton, and of Little Button-street, in the county of Middlesex, Engineers, of the first part; George Staley, of the Butterley Iron Works, Alfreton, Robert Broad, of the firm of the Horsley Company, Tipton, and John Hartland the younger, of the Eagle Coal and Iron Co, Tipton of the second part; and the several other persons whose names are thereunto set and seals affixed, being severally creditors in their own right or in copartnership, or being agents or attorneys of creditors, of the said Charles Walker, Charles Clement Walker, Matthew Walker, and William Thomas Walker, of the third part; all the real and personal estate and effects, whatsoever and wheresoever, of the said Charles Walker, Charles Clement Walker, Matthew Walker, and William Thomas Walker, were conveyed and assigned unto the said George Staley, Robert Broad, and John Hartland, their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, upon trust, for the benefit of all the creditors of the said Charles Walker, Charles Clement Walker, Matthew Walker, and William Thomas Walker.[5]

1861 Robert Broad 40, iron founder, lived in Handsworth with Ann Broad 40[6]

1866 of Horseley Works, Tipton when he was elected an Associate of the Inst Civil Engineers[7]

1871 Robert Broad 50, iron founder, lived in Edgbaston with Ann Broad 52[8]

1874 January 2nd. Died in Edgbaston[9]


1875 Obituary [10]

Robert Broad was born in 1821, and was proprietor of the Horseley Iron Works, Tipton, for about twenty-seven years, continuing so to the time of his death, which took place on 2nd January 1874, at the age of 52, after a very short illness.

He was a Member of the Institution from 1848.



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Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1875/02/12
  2. BMD
  3. 1841 census
  4. Parish record
  5. The London Gazette 4 April 1856
  6. 1861 census
  7. civil engineer lists
  8. 1871 census
  9. National probate calendar
  10. 1875 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries Minutes of the Proceedings