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Frederick Nettlefold

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Frederick Nettlefold (1833 - 1 March 1913) was a British industrialist, one of the family whose business Nettlefolds was eventually incorporated in Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds.

1833 April 6th. Born in Acton, London, the youngest son of John Sutton Nettlefold, who founded the brass fixing company Nettlefold and Chamberlain with Frederick's uncle and cousin, both called Joseph Chamberlain.

John's three sons - Edward, Joseph and Frederick - all went into the business.

1849 Frederick Nettlefold joined the business [1]. The business was converted into a limited company Nettlefold and Son.

1851 Occupation: Ironmonger [2] presumably working in his father's iron and screw business in London.

After his father retired and his cousin left the business to concentrate on politics, Frederick took over the running of the London part of the business as Chairman, while his brother Joseph managed the factory in Birmingham.

In 1878 Frederick and his wife Mary Catherine moved into Streatham Grove (now called Norwood Grove), when the previous resident, P&O magnate Arthur Anderson, left. Their residence is now noted by a blue plaque.

1880 Nettlefolds was launched as a limited company; the Nettlefolds went on to establish a dominant position in the British wood-screw market through many mergers and acquisitions, eventually becoming part of Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds (GKN)

1880 became a director of Anglo-American Brush Electric Light Corporation[3]

1881 Frederick took over as chairman of Nettlefolds after Joseph's death.

By 1884 Frederick was involved in Richardson and Ellson, art metal workers and cycle makers, also in Holborn.

1893 Frederick retired from Nettlefolds and helped develop Samuel Courtauld's silk and crepe company. He also dedicated more effort on philanthropy; he was active in the Unitarian Church, was president of the Sunday School Association, gave land for a library and endowed the Nettlefold Hall at West Norwood

1906 Mary died at Norwood Grove

1913 March 1st. Frederick dies.[4].

They are buried in West Norwood Cemetery, although their monument is believed to have been destroyed sometime in the 1980s.


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 6 March 1913
  2. 1851 census
  3. The Times, December 14, 1880
  4. The Times, Thursday, Mar 06, 1913