George Beardmore was born in 1815 in Butt Lane, Talke. He married Elizabeth Bowyer (born in 1911 in Northwich) on December 25th 1839.

Elizabeth and George’s eldest son John was born in 1846 followed by Edward in 1848. It appears from the census records that the family lived with Elizabeth’s uncle, Thomas Stevenson until at least 1851. By 1861 they had moved to 143 Waterloo Road, Burslem, next door to ‘The King’s Arms’.

George’s trade card read: ‘George Beardmore – Iron and Brass Founder, Manufacturer of High-pressure and condensing steam engines, Forge and heavy castings, weighing machines, Cranes, Rails, Columns, Girders, Palisading, various patterns – Waterloo Foundry, Burslem’. Evidently the foundry was behind the family home in Waterloo Road.

We think that Elizabeth died in her sixties because George married again on June 17th 1878 at Odd Rode. His second wife was Caroline Newall who was born in Sussex in 1821. They had no children and Caroline died at Congleton on October 17th 1891. It appears that she left £1187 15s 8d to George’s son Edward.

George died at Old Rode on September 19th 1895.  He was buried at St. Paul’s Church in Burslem on September 21st 1895. George’s estate, £1719 9s 4d, was divided between sons John and Edward, and Frederick Tennant, a wine merchant.

A portrait of George Beardmore hangs at Queenswood, Swynnerton in the home of Mary Jones (née Arrowsmith), his great-grand-daughter.

George with grandson Frank
George with grandson Frank