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Edward Finch

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Edward Finch (c1812-1873) Engineer

c.1812 Born in Dudley, Worcestershire[1]. Son of John Finch who established the Liverpool foundry of Finch and Willey

1847 Joined with William Pare and John Finch, Junior to establish extensive works in Dublin, under the style of The Irish Engineering Company[2]

1851 An engineer, of Liverpool, where he was living with his wife Elizabeth (born Wrexham, c.1811) and 2 servants

1852 Edward Finch of Liverpool, a partner in the firm Finch and Willey was responsible for the construction of the Chepstow Railway Bridge on site. After the bridge had been completed, Finch remained in Chepstow, and developed a major engineering and, later, a shipbuilding business on the site beside the river - see Finch and Co and Edward Finch and Co

1853 Partnership between W. Pare, J. Finch (jun) and E. Finch, dissolved, so far as regards J. Finch (jun)[3].

1860 Proposed a scheme to build a large docks in the bend of the Thames between Vauxhall and Deptford[4]

1861 Living in Chepstow with Elizabeth and 2 servantes, employer of 76 men and 13 boys[5]

1871 Head of firm of engineers, employing 65 men and 12 boys; living in Chepstow with his wife, his sister in law and one servant[6]

1873 Died in Chepstow[7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1851 census
  2. [1] Letter from William Pare to J M Grant of the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada 29th Jan 1861
  3. London Daily News - Wednesday 5th January 1853
  4. The Engineer 1860/12/28
  5. 1861 census
  6. 1871 census
  7. National Probate Calendar