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 150,667 pages of information and 235,204 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.

Joseph Wilkes (1825-1907)

From Graces Guide

Joseph Wilkes (1825-1907) of the Pelsall Foundry

1851 Living at Pelsall (age 26 born Sedgeley), Brass Founder and Iron Founder. With wife Susanna (age 27 born Pelsall) and son Bruce (age one month). Plus one servant. [1]

1858 Listed as 'Joseph Wilkes, Pelsall, Ironfounder' [2]


1907 Obituary.[3]

. . .Mr. Joseph Wilkes, until recently proprietor of Pelsall Foundry, Walsall, has just died at the age of eighty-two. . . commenced work at an early age in the works of Messrs. Wright and Co., of Goscote Foundry, near Walsall, where hisfather was engaged as foundry manager. At this time Messrs. Wright's was one of the largest engineering concerns in the country, and amongst a large variety of their manufactures was included much mines drainage and other machinery . . . actively engaged in his business until about five years ago, when, owing to increasing years, he turned over the works to his eldest son, their present proprietor, Mr. Ernest Wilkes, J.P. His second son, Mr. J. S. Wilkes, is proprietor of the Leamore brickworks and colliery. . . [more]


1907 Obituary.[4]




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Sources of Information

  1. 1851 Census
  2. 1858 General & Commercial Directory of Birmingham
  3. The Engineer 1907/10/04
  4. Engineering 1907 Jul-Dec: Index: General Index