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Ref No EV
TitleJoseph Evans (1817-1889) of Shropshire, Lancashire and Wales
Date 1722-1908
DescriptionThis collection contains papers relating mainly to the estate of Joseph Evans
Extent740 items, 220 bundles
Level Fonds
CreatorNameJoseph Evans, 1817-1889, of Shropshire, Lancashire and Wales
RelatedMaterialFor further information see 'Richard Evans of Haydock, a study of a local family' by Geoff Simm, 1988.
AdminHistoryThe Evans family originally came from Shropshire where Richard Evans (1778-1864) amassed a small fortune as a result of his book selling and printing establishment.

For reasons largely unknown, when he was aged 50 years, he relocated northwards and eventually became a successful colliery owner. His initial business ventures were located in the areas near Ashton-in-Makerfield and Haydock, Lancashire and consisted of coal mines but later diversified into locomotive foundries etc.

On the death of Richard the business largely passed to two of his sons, Joseph and Josiah who actively promoted the expansion of both collieries and foundries. Joseph never married but lived with his sister Ruth in a series of residences at The Grange, Haydock, Hurst House, Prescot and then Maenan House, Llanrwst.

Some of his acquisitions included an estate in Algiers and a large part of the Deganwy Estate and the Great Ormes Head.
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