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Christopher Fisher Clark

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Christopher Fisher Clark (1831-1898)

1898 Obituary [1]

CHRISTOPHER FISHER CLARK was born on 7th September 1831 in the parish of Long Benton in Northumberland; and was educated at a private school and afterwards at a mining school in Newcastle-on-Tyne.

He was at the Willington Colliery in the capacity of surveyor and assistant manager until it was closed in 1854, owing to the rising of the water in the old Wallsend workings.

In 1854 he was appointed by the late Lord Gerard as mineral agent for his extensive estates in Lancashire; and continued in that position until 1873, when he undertook the management of the newly formed Garswood Coal and Iron Co., which took over the business of Messrs. Mercer and Evans, colliery proprietors. Under his guidance the concern trebled in size and output, new pits were sunk at the old collieries, and two separate collieries were opened out and set to work in 1890 and 1894.

Having been in failing health for a few years, he died suddenly on 21st August 1898 at his residence in Park Lane near Wigan, in the sixty-seventh year of his age.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1871.

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