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George Beardmore Ford

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George Beardmore Ford, architect and surveyor.

George Ford had his office in the Over House Chambers in Burslem, but lived with his father, William Ford, a builder, in Grange Terrace, Waterloo Road. Ford was an experienced architect who had designed several schools for the Burslem School Board, and produced plans for the Clowes Memorial Church completed in 1878. He was also surveyor and valuer to the Wolstanton and Burslem Poor Law Union, and to the Star and Talk o’ th' Hill Building Societies. 

In 1878  Henry Meakin engaged Ford (when he was 44) to prepare a building plan for his estate.

George B Ford may have been the model for Osmond Orgreave, the architect, who featured in Arnold Bennett’s book, Clayhanger. In his book Bennett provided a detailed and on the whole an accurate description of the process of estate development in “Bleakridge” (Cobridge)


1881 census:

Dwelling: 200 Waterloo Road
Census Place: Burslem, Staffordshire, England


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
William FORD  W 70 M Head Biddulph, Cheshire Brick Manufacturer
George B. FORD  47 M  Son Burslem Architect
Emma SLATER  W 42 F Daur Burslem  
William F. SLATER 14 M  Grand Son Chell Scholar
Mabel SLATER  1 F Grand Daur Burslem  
Janet SLATER 16 F Grand Daur Chell  
Jane BARROW  20 F Serv Burslem Servant Domestic
Mary LOCKETT 17 F Serv Burslem Servant Domestic