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Thomas Spencer (1820-1883)
1884 Obituary 
THOMAS SPENCER was born at Bilston, Staffordshire, on the 9th June 1820, and died on the 29th October 1883.
At a comparatively early age he entered an iron-foundry which his father carried on in that town, and when little more than twenty-one years of age he commenced an iron-founding business of his own.
In course of time he undertook the management of the Old Park Ironworks, Shropshire, then carried on by the late Mr. Robert Cheney, of Badger. On the death of the latter gentleman, Mr. Spencer left the Old Park Works, which he had managed for about sixteen years, and in 1868 he proceeded to the Clough Hall ironworks and colliery in North Staffordshire, of which he was general manager until 1875, when he transferred his services to the Gadlys Works, Aberdare, South Wales, whence, some two or three years later, he went to occupy a managerial position at the works of the Nant-y-Glo and Blaina Company, also in the Principality. Mr. Spencer was a very practical man, and was often called in to act on arbitrations and valuations.
He became a member of the Institute in 1870.