He was an apprentice to a watchmaker at Deddington, Oxfordshire, but only served a portion of his time, and subsequently devoted himself to literary and scientific pursuits. He died on 10 April 1847, and was buried in Banbury churchyard. He published a collection of poems, and 'The History of Banbury, including copious historical and antiquarian notices' in 1841 in 8 volumes.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Beesley, Alfred". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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