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Charles Lawrence

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Born c1777 in London

Mayor of Liverpool 1823/4

One of the promoters of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway and later of the Grand Junction Railway

1851 Living at Marley Hill, Wavertree (age 74 and born at St. James, London), a Magistrate and ?? Lieutenant and Lamaria? Merchant. Living with his wife Rose (age 70) plus nine servants. [1]

1853 January 20th. Died at his home in his 77th year. Magistrate and Deputy Lieutenant of Lancaster. [2]

1853 Obituary. 'Just as we were going to press, we received intelligence and of the death of our esteemed townsman, Charles Lawrence, Esq., in the 77th year of his age. This melancholy event took place last evening, at the residence of the deceased, Mosley-hill, Aigburth. The name of Mr. Charles Lawrence has been long known and honourably identified with the growing prosperity of this port, as the principal in the great mercantile firm of Charles Lawrence and Son. He was deputy-lieutenant and magistrate for this county, and in the year 1823 served the office of mayor in this borough. For a long period, and up to the time of the amalgamation with the London and Birmingham Railway, Mr. Lawrence was chairman of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway board. Although bred in the Tory school of politics, his views became considerably modified as he advanced in years, and, at the last general election for this borough be gave his support to the Free trade candidates. Mr. Lawrence has been gradually declining in health for sometime but no alarming symptoms presented themselves till within a month ago. The funeral will take place next week (probably on Wednesday) at St., James's Cemetery.'[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. The Times, Monday, Jan 24, 1853
  3. Liverpool Mercury - Friday 21 January 1853