Sir Joseph Beecham, 1st Baronet

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Beecham's Clock Tower built in 1877 in St Helens, Merseyside today serving as the College Administrative centre

Sir Joseph Beecham, 1st Baronet (8 June 1848 – 23 October 1916), was a British businessman.

Beecham was the eldest son of Thomas Beecham and Jane Evans. He played a large part in the growth and expansion of his father's medicinal pill business which he joined in 1866. He was responsible for Beechams' factory and office in Westfield Street, St. Helens, being built in 1885. A factory was subsequently opened in New York followed by more factories and agencies in several other countries.

Beecham was the proprietor of the Aldwych Theatre in London, a Justice of the Peace for Lancashire and was Mayor of St. Helens between 1889 and 1899 and again from 1910 to 1912. He was made a baronet, of Ewanville in the Parish of Huyton in the County Palatine of Lancaster, in 1914.[1] He was invested as a Knight of the Order of Saint Stanislaus by Tsar Nicholas II.[2]

Beecham married Josephine Burnett in 1873. He died on 23 October 1916, aged 68, was succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Thomas, who had been knighted in his own right earlier in 1916 for his services to music as an orchestral conductor.


  1. ^ "no. 28854". The London Gazette. 31 July 1914. p. 5963. 
  2. ^ Charles Reid, Thomas Beecham: An Independent Biography, 1961, p. 12


Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Ewanville)
Succeeded by
Thomas Beecham