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John Sturge

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John was born at Elberton in 1799, the seventh child of Joseph Sturge and his wife Mary. He was a brother to Joseph Sturge, Charles Sturge and Edmund Sturge

After a Quaker schooling he was apprenticed at John Bell’s laboratory on Oxford Street in London in 1814.

He started manufacturing Verdigris and Solution of Tin for the use of dyers, in a yard at Severnside.

c1823 He moved to Birmingham and bought land between the canal and Wheeleys Road from Johnson, the glass manufacturer, for £500. His brother Edmund joined him after completing his schooling.

In 1831 John leased land across the road on which the John and E. Sturge works were later built and the manufacture of citrates, tartrates, bicarbonate of potash and precipitated chalk added to their portfolio

In 1833 he became a director of the London and Birmingham Railway

1837 He married Lydia Wilkins

John died at Cheltenham in December 1840

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