Edward Fordham Flower
Edward Fordham Flower (1805–1883), was an English author, brewer, banker, agriculturist, and breeder of sheep.
At the age of twelve he went with his father to Albion, Illinois, United States, but returned in 1824. In 1827 he married Celina, eldest daughter of John Greaves of Radford House, near Leamington. They settled at Stratford-on-Avon, where he opened a brewery in 1832, which was so successful that after thirty years he was able to retire and leave the business to his sons.
He four times held the office of mayor of Stratford, the last occasion being in 1864, the year of the Shakespeare tercentenary. In this celebration he took a leading part and was well known to all visitors to Shakespeare's birthplace, more especially to Americans, many of whom he hospitably entertained at his residence, The Hill, built in 1855. As a liberal he contested Coventry in 1865 and North Warwickshire in 1868, but was not elected.
In 1873 he removed his residence to London, and being a great lover of horses he spent the remainder of his life in an endeavour to mitigate the sufferings caused by the use of improper harness, tight bearing-reins, and gag-bits. In these efforts he was to a certain extent successful. He died at 35 Hyde Park Gardens, London, 26 March 1883, and his widow Celina died 2 March 1884, aged 79. He left three sons, Charles Edward Flower, William Henry Flower, C.B., LL.D., F.R.S., director of the Natural History Department, British Museum, and Edgar Flower (and by Edgar the grandfather of Sir Archibald Dennis Flower).
The books he published were:
- A Few Words about Bearing Reins, 1875.
- Bits and Bearing Reins, 1875; seventh edition, 1886.
- Horses and Harness, 1876.
- The Stones of London, or Macadam v. Vestries, 1880.