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Noah Hingley

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Noah Hingley (1796-1877) of N. Hingley and Sons and Hingley and Smith

1796 Born the son of Isaac Hingley (1769-1850) and his wife Esther Perry (1759-1818)

Noah Hingley and his father before him had been chain-makers in a small factory on the banks of the Stour.

1833 June 10th. Married at Liverpool to Anne Wittingham

1838 Having attained some success in the chain-making trade, he attempted the manufacture of anchors but was not immediately successful.

For the first few years no anchors weighing more than 20 cwt. were forged; but eventually, thanks to the introduction of the Nasmyth hammer, forgings weighing 74 cwt. were successfully turned out.

By 1848 he had succeeded in establishing the trade in the Black Country.

c.1850 Noah Hingley had the idea of making his own iron, and with that object in view he erected a large ironworks at Netherton (presumably Hingley and Smith).

1861 Living at Chapel House, Cradley: Noah Hingley (age 64 born Rowley), Ironmaster employing 1,000 men and boys. With his wife Ann Hingley (age 63 born Liverpool) and their children Mary Hingley (age 45 born Rowley); Joseph Hingley (age 39 born Rowley), Ironmaster; Leah Hingley (age 34 born Rowley); Samuel Hingley (age 32 born Rowley), Ironmaster; and Benjamin Hingley (age 30 born Rowley), Ironmaster. Three servants.[1]

1871 Living at Hawthorn Lodge, Windmill Hill, Cradley: Noah Hingley (age 74 born Rowley Regis), Mayer (?). With his wife Anne Linta Hingley (age 73 born Liverpool) and their children Benjamin Hingley (age 41 born Rowley Regis), Ironmaster and Leah Hingley (age 40 born Rowley Regis). Two servants.[2]

1877 October. Died

1877 October 26th. 'FUNERAL OF MR. NOAH HINGLEY. Yesterday the mortal remains of this deceased gentleman were conveyed to their last resting-place in the family vault at Halesowen Parish Church. The funeral procession was headed by upwards of 2,000 workmen employed bv the deceased at his several collieries and ironworks, followed by the Mayor and twenty-four members of the Dudley Corporation (of which borough Mr. Hingley was twice Mayor), in nine private carriages. The procession was nearly a mile in length. The route between the church and the deceased's house was literally thronged with people, nearly all the inhabitants of the district having turned out en masse to witness the closing scene in the life of this popular and lamented gentleman. The church bells before and after the service rang out a muffled peal.'[3]


1877 Obituary [4]

We have to record the death, at over eighty years of age, of Mr. Noah Hingley, a widely-known Staffordshire coal and ironmaster, which took place October 26, at his residence at Cradley. The deceased gentleman was a county and borough justice, and an alderman of the borough of Dudley.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 Census
  2. 1871 Census
  3. Birmingham Daily Post - Saturday 27 October 1877
  4. 1877 Iron and Steel Institute: Obituaries