See also:steel manufacturer and philanthropist, was
See also:born at Sheffield on the 25th of
See also:April 1819, the son of a steel smelter . At the age of fourteen Mark, with his
See also:left school to join their
See also:father in the foundry where he was employed, and ten years later the three together started a six-hole
See also:furnace of their own . The venture proved successful, and besides an extensive home business, they soon established a large
See also:American connexion . Their huge Norfolk
See also:works were erected at Sheffield in 1849, and still greater were afterwards acquired at Whittington in
See also:Derbyshire and others at
See also:Clay Wheels near Wadsley . The manufacture of steel blocks for
See also:ordnance was the
See also:principal feature of their business, and they produced also shot and heavy forgings . They also installed a plant for the production of steel cores for heavy guns, and for some
See also:time they supplied nearly all the
See also:metal used for
See also:gun making by the
See also:government and a large proportion of that used by the French . On the
See also:death of his father in 1848 Mark Firth became the
See also:head of the
See also:firm . In 1869 he built and endowed " Mark Firth's Almshouses " at Ranmoor near Sheffield, and in 1895, when mayor, he presented to his native place a
See also:park of
See also:thirty-six acres . He founded and endowed Firth.
See also:College, for lectures and classes in connexion with the extension of university
See also:education, which was opened in 18i9 . He died on the 28th of
See also:November 188o, and was accorded a public funeral .
CHARLES HARDING FIRTH (1857– )
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