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Thomas Kirkland Glazebrook

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Thomas Kirkland Glazebrook (1780-1855), the founder of the Orford Lane Glassworks.

1780 Born, son of James Kirkland, on June 4th 1780 in Leicestershire.

1797 He was only 16 years old when the Orford Lane Glassworks opened on the 15th of February 1797 as Davies, Glazebrook and Co

He was also an influential figure in the Lancashire Association of Flint Glass Manufactures. He was the Honorary Secretary for a number of years and he later became the front man for the British Flint Glass Manufactures industry. This organisation protected the right of the glass manufactures in trade negotiations with the government.

1802 The Davies, Glazebrook and Co partnership was dissolved

1802 The T. K. Glazebrook and Co partnership was formed with Thomas Holt

1829 The T. K. Glazebrook and Co partnership was dissolved

1829 The Glazebrook and Robinson, Orford Lane Glassworks partnership formed with Thomas Robinson

1832 The Glazebrook and Robinson partnership dissolved

This was the end of Thomas Kirkland Glazebrook’s association with the Orford Lane Glasswork and in 1835 he moved to Southport where he died in 1855. He wrote a book on the history of Southport.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Inchicore Pressed Glass Museum