Robert Verdin Statue

AnnDixon

Chester, United Kingdom

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This was taken ion the Park in Northwich Cheshire UK,

My Uncle Worked at ICI Salt works from 1903 (age 13) till when he retired at 65 in 1955, sadly he passed away January 1974, he was 83, he was a lovely man,

Verdin took over the family salt business from his father, also called Robert. By 1881, Joseph Verdin & Sons was the largest salt manufacturer in Britain. The company produced 353,000 tons of salt annually from plants in various locations in Cheshire, including Marston, Witton, Moulton, Over, Wharton and Middlewich. The company employed more than 1,000 people.

Verdin was appointed a Justice of the Peace. In 1885, he stood against John Brunner for the Liberal Party nomination in the newly created parliamentatry constituency of Northwich. Brunner won the nomination and successfully contested the seat against the Conservative candidate, William Henry Verdin, Robert’s brother. However, in the following year Gladstone’s Liberal government was defeated over Home Rule for Ireland and an election was called. The Liberal party being split, Brunner – loyal to Gladstone – stood against Verdin, a Liberal Unionist. Verdin won the seat, but died a year later. Brunner won the subsequent by-election.

As a philanthropist, Verdin gave the Victoria Infirmary,5 the Verdin Baths and Verdin Park to Northwich but died before they opened. A statue in his memory was erected in Verdin Park by public subscription.

He died on 25 July 1887 at his home, The Brockhurst, a Regency house in spacious grounds at Leftwich where he lived with his brother Joseph and sister Mary. He was unmarried.

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