Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 163,113 pages of information and 245,598 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

John Jarvis

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Sir John Jarvis

1876 Born

1934 Elected High Sheriff of Surrey

1934 Launched the Surrey Fund to enable the people of Surrey to help the people of Jarrow.

1935 Acquired the White Star line Olympic for breaking up at Barrow, reselling her to a Sheffield firm (T. W. Ward) for this purpose. The Surrey Fund paid half of the cost of dredging the Tyne to enable the Olympic to be brought alongside Palmer's yard.

Started a number of businesses in Jarrow including a funiture making firm, Jarrow Metal Industries Ltd., Jarrow Tube Works Ltd and Jarrow Shipbreaking Co Ltd. At Gateshead he started Armstrong-Whitworth (Pneumatic Tools) Ltd, Patent Axle Box Co Ltd. Took over and re-organised Sir W. G. Armstrong-Whitworth (Ironfounders) Ltd.

1938 The liner Berengaria was bought to be broken up at Jarrow.

1950 Died


1950 Obituary [1]



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Sources of Information

  • The Times Oct. 4, 1950