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Samuel Walker (1779-1851)

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The third Samuel Walker, presumably son of Samuel Walker II (1742-1792)

c.1800 When he came of age, the third Samuel (1779-1851) purchased a two-eighteenths interest in Joshua Walker and Co for £33,820. By 1819 his share was two-thirteenths and he was a partner in the London lead works and the Islington white lead factory, in which the family had invested most of its capital.

1802 the white lead business became Walkers, Parker and Co

1815 Cannon was manufactured at Rotherham until the end of the Peninsular War, when the Walkers concentrated on other activities, especially banking.

1815 Joshua Walker died; his share in the family iron and lead businesses passed to his eldest son, Henry, and younger son, Joshua[1].

1817 Samuel Walker, of Aldwark Hall with his cousin William Yates, purchased the Gospel Oak Iron Works, Tipton.

1818 Samuel Walker purchased the electoral interest of Charles Fox Champion Crespigny at Aldeburgh for £39,000 and was returned to Parliament with his cousin Joshua at the general election.

1821 The Conisbrough foundry closed.

1822 Transfer of the ironworks to Gospel Oak in Staffordshire, producing cannon.

Other members of the firm carried on the blast furnaces, another took over the rolling-mills, a third set up a steel plant at Parkgate, whilst the general foundry work was relegated to a fourth.

1834 Dissolution of the Partnership between Samuel Walker and William Yates, at Anchor Wharf, Upper Thames-Street, London, and at the Gospel Oak Iron Works, in the County of Stafford, as Ironmasters, and carried on under the firms of Walker and Yates, and Samuel Walker and Co.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  • History of Walker's foundries [2]
  • Samuel Walker MP (1779-1851) [3]
  1. MP Biographies [1]
  2. London Gazette 5 Aug 1834