Thomas Jessop

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Thomas Jessop (31 January 1804, in Sheffield – 30 November 1887) was a steelmaker who became Mayor of Sheffield (1863-1864) and Master Cutler (1863). As Mayor, he had to deal with the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864.

Family[edit]

Thomas Jessop was born on Blast Lane, Sheffield, the son of William Jessop (1772–1835) and Rebecca Taylor (1770–1859), who had 3 other sons and 4 daughters.[1][2] He married Frances Hope Yates in 1848 and they had 3 daughters and one son, William (1856–1905).[3][1]

Life[edit]

William Jessop was a steelmaker and the father and sons jointly built up the business to be one of the largest steel makers in Sheffield.[4] After the death of William and the other brothers Thomas was chairman from 1871 till the time of his death.[2] He also founded the Jessop Hospital for women at a cost of £30,000.[4] He died at his home, Endcliffe Grange, Sheffield on 30 November 1887,[5] and was interred at Ecclesall Church on 3 December, following a great funeral procession led by 700 workers from the steelworks, and with carriages including the Mayor and Master Cutler.[6]

Artistic Recognition[edit]

There are three known portraits of Jessop, each by Hugh Ford Crighton: two in his role as mayor, one hanging at Sheffield Town Hall, one in Sheffield Museum; a third in his role as hospital founder hangs at the Sheffield Teaching Hospital.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jane's Genealogy Pages
  2. ^ a b www.chrishobbs.com Thomas Jessop (1804-1887)
  3. ^ The Family Tree of Peter Anthony Brown
  4. ^ a b Leeds Mercury December 3, 1887, Obituary
  5. ^ Sheffield & Rotherham Independent December 03, 1887, p 3 , "Deaths"
  6. ^ Sheffield & Rotherham Independent December 05, 1887, p 2: "Funeral of Mr T. Jessop, J.P."
  7. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/hugh-ford-crighton/paintings/slideshow#/8