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Benjamin Mander

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The brothers Benjamin Mander and John Mander were early industrialists and entrepreneurs, who developed a cluster of loosely-integrated businesses in paints and pigments, japanning, chemicals manufacture and varnish making. The brother's business later became the paint and varnish business of Mander Brothers.


1752 Born the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Mander

After leaving school, Benjamin joined his father's business, as a baker and maltster.

1776 Married Elizabeth Hanbury Read in Kidderminster[1]

1780 Birth of son Charles Mander

1783 Birth of son Samuel Read Mander (d.1785)

1785 Birth of Benjamin Porton Mander in Wolverhampton, son of Benjamin Mander and his wife Elizabeth

1792 He started a new family business on the same premises as his father, with his eldest son Charles. The new business was called Benjamin Mander & Son, Japanners, and was a great success. They would have produced all kinds of japanned goods and tinware, decorating such things as trays, firescreens, wine coolers, clocks and ornamental boxes.

1811 Japanner of John St, Wolverhampton[2]

Benjamin Mander became chairman of the Wolverhampton Union Flour and Bread Co, a co-operative milling company set up to provide subsidised bread and flour in the period of social distress following the Napoleonic Wars.

1819 Died in Wolverhampton[3]

1838 Benjamin Porton Mander died in Wolverhampton[4]


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Sources of Information

  1. England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973
  2. 1811 London and Country Directory
  3. England, Select Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991
  4. BMD
  • [1] Wightwick Manor, National Trust