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Benjamin Whitehouse (2)

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Born c.1773

1824 Founding partner in the Forest of Dean Iron Co with Moses Teague, William Montague and, later, John James of Lydney.

1829 Death notice: 'At Monmouth, Benjamin Whitehouse Esq., ironmaster, in the 56th year of his age'[1]

1830 'Commerce on the Shores of the Wye. - A few years ago, the Iron and Tin-plates Works at Lower Redbrook, near Monmouth, which had fallen into such a dilapidated state as to leave them merely piles of ruins, were taken to by the late Benjamin Whitehouse, esq; (together with the Iron Forges near that town,) who speedily erected one of the most complete mills for rolling sheet-iron, and manufacturing tin-plates, in this or any other part of the kingdom. Under the government of such a skilful iron-master as Mr. Whitehouse, they have been constantly employed in the making of that valuable article; and such is now the quickness with which they are executed, that during one week only, (commencing on Monday Sept. 6, and ending Sept. 11,) there were manufactured, packed in cases, and altogether prepared for shipping, 720 boxes of tin-plates—an instance of despatch, we may venture to assert, unequalled any similar works of their size, that have hitherto come within our knowledge.—We rejoice in the advantage it gives to large population, who are now gaining an honest livelihood by the best of all exertions, their own industry, under the management of Mr. Whitehouse and Sons, who reside on the premises, bestowing all the advantages resulting from a family of property, who take a lively interest in whatever concerns their temporary and future welfare.'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Worcester Journal - Thursday 21 May 1829
  2. Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 7 October 1830