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George Addenbrooke was a coal mine owner who established the firm of Addenbrooke, Smith and Pidcock, Coal & Iron Masters, Rough Hay Furnace & Foundry, Darlaston Green.
They were the town's second largest employer, until the firm crashed during the depression in December 1880 putting over 1,000 people out of work. They had three blast furnaces at Rough Hay, all traces of which have now disappeared. George is remembered by the street that is named after him; Addenbrooke Street. He was a founder member of the Darlaston Local Board (the forerunner of the council) and churchwarden at St. George's. In fact the Addenbrooke company gave the land for St. George's vicarage. On his death George Addenbrooke was buried at the church.