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Henry Bolckow

By oldgreyheron      
I'll finish this series with an image of the man who made the series possible. Albert Park was provided as a gift to the people of Middlesbrough in 1868 by a great local figure and industrialist Henry Bolckow. He and his business partner, John Vaughan effectively created Middlesbrough.

Henry William Ferdinand Bolckow MP (1806–1878), was an ironmaster. He the son of Heinrich Bölckow, of Varchow, in the grand-duchy of Mecklenburg, and was born at Sulten, in Mecklenburg, 8 Dec. 1806. In about 1821 his parents placed him in a merchant's office at Rostock. There he made the acquaintance of a gentleman in Newcastle-upon-Tyne: at his suggestion he came to England, and went into business with him in 1827.

He liked England; was made a naturalised British subject; in 1841 selected the town of Middlesbrough as the seat of his future operations; entered into partnership with Mr. John Vaughan; erected blast furnaces and commenced the manufacture of iron. Soon after this period Mr. Vaughan discovered the Cleveland ironstone and started mining operations.

The success of their business in a short time enabled them to multiply their works: they acquired collieries, limestone quarries, machine works, gasworks, and brickfields; and Middlesbrough became a centre of such great importance that it received a charter of incorporation in 1853. Bolckow was elected the first mayor.

The population of the town had then risen to 40,000 from 8000 just 20 years earlier, and the production of ironstone to 4,000,000 tons per annum. Bolckow presented Albert Park "The People's Park" to the inhabitants of Middlesbrough, at a cost of more than £20,000 on 11 August 1868.

When the town was granted parliamentary representation, Bolckow was unanimously elected the first member on 16 November 1868, and held that position until his death in 1878.

It is ironic that this master of iron and steel finds himelf behind a steel cage for his own protection.

1/60s f4.0 ISO 100 Flash (as you can see).

My journey ends with the creator of the space - I do hope that you have enjoed the glimpses with me! Thanks for all your comments, Mike.

Tags: Photo journalism Steel Mp Middlesbrough Mayor Portraits and people Albert park Henry bolckow Vaughan

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2007 7:52PM
I find this a rather sad image, the creator of the park, and a lot besides, hidden behind bars for his own protection. Has he been damaged in the past? Perhaps this answers the CCTV question...
Under the circumstances this is very well composed, in particular you've caught the main part of the face within a square frame while keeping the shot symmetrical.

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SRSmith 10 1 United States
14 Nov 2007 9:30PM
A very interesting presentation and illustrative photo. I agree that it's too bad about the cage. Such is progress.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2007 9:48PM
Technically I doubt this image could be improved on without the attention of an oxy-acetylene torch to remove the unsightly framework first.

This is such a poignant image, as the bust represents one of Middlesbrough's greatest benefactors. While I am so glad to view your image - and thank you so much for the background information, too - it is so sad that the cage is deemed necessary.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2007 9:51PM
Imprisoned for his own benefit - oh well, good that he doesn't see this.
A good shot and a nice explanation, thank you for that too.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
17 Nov 2007 7:37AM
What a story , thanks Mike . I too find it ironic that he ends up behind bars or else he would be long gone . Which is a great pity .xx

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