William Fiddian, Gentleman (Brass Founder)

Male 1772 - 1842


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  • Name  William Fiddian, Gentleman (Brass Founder) 
    Suffix  Gentleman (Brass Founder) 
    Born  1772  Halesowen, Worcestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  3 Jun 1772  Halesowen, Worcestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Event  1815 
    He was a Circuit Steward for the Methodist Church and so saw a great deal of Methodist Preachers, especially the younger ones who would often stay at their house in Great Hampton Street. Christened in 1772 and brought up as Anglican he converted to the Baptist Church after the birth of his first child Mary as she was given a CoE christening. Following the birth of his sons William (in 1797) and Joseph (in 1799) the births of Mary, William and Joseph were then registered in 1801 at a Baptist Church. Elizabeth, Catharine and Samuel's births were registered at the Baptist Church in 1805. Finally Sarah, Charles and Ann's births were registered at the Baptist Church in 1812. This was because Baptists could not be baptised until old enough to accept what they were doing. Then at some point after 1812 William must have changed to the Methodist Church. However, his second marriage in 1818 and his burial in Birmingham in 1842 were both at CoE Churches so seems to have gone full circle.  
    Occupation  1830 
    Commissioner of the Street Act for Birmingham. 
    Occupation  1835 
    He was a Guardian of the Poor (sitting on the Board of Guardians and administering the New Poor Law of 1834) and a Birmingham Street Commissioner (responsible for the maintenance of the roads prior to the setting up of Local Councils). 
    Event  1842 
    The Brass Founding business (Fiddian Foundry) was sold to James Barwell by Samuel Fiddian after William's death.  
    Occupation  Own Business - Brass Founder, Bell Founder, Cock Founder, Brass Candlestick Maker 
    • 'Fiddian' ring and tail tap connections were still on sale in Australia in 1945, over 100 years after the Fiddian Brass founding business was sold to James Barwell who kept the 'Fiddian' trademark. In the 1910s there were also several ads for Fiddian Brassware arriving in Australia by the barrel load from England.
    Died  4 Jun 1842  Gt Hampton St., Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  10 Jun 1842  St Mary, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I37  Fidgen
    Last Modified  21 Nov 2017 

    Father  William Fiddian,   b. 1743, Halesowen, Worcestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jan 1780, Halesowen, Worcestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Sarah Millward,   c. 19 Feb 1743, Halesowen, Worcestershire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1827 
    Married  12 Apr 1767  Halesowen, Worcestershire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F7  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Catherine Showell,   b. 1771, Coventry, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1810, Birmingham, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  16 Feb 1795  Birmingham St Martin, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    >1. Mary Fiddian,   b. 7 Feb 1796, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1839, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Fiddian,   b. 28 Sep 1797, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Oct 1821, London Find all individuals with events at this location
    >3. Joseph Fiddian,   b. 29 Jun 1799, Cannon Street Meeting House (Baptist), Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Elizabeth Fiddian,   b. 25 Jan 1801, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1857, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location
    >5. Catharine Fiddian,   b. 17 Oct 1802, Tiviotdale, Rowley Regis, Staffordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855
    >6. Samuel Fiddian, Gentleman,   b. 8 Jun 1804, Tiviotdale, Rowley Regis, Staffordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1880, Barmouth, Merionethshire Find all individuals with events at this location
    >7. Sarah Fiddian,   b. 19 Jan 1806, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1883, Birmingham, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Indi Fiddian,   b. 19 Jan 1806, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1806, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Thomas Fiddian,   b. 17 May 1808, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1809, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Charles Fiddian,   b. 17 May 1808, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1810, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location
    >11. Ann Fiddian,   b. 27 Dec 1809, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1866
    Last Modified  20 Oct 2015 
    Family ID  F6  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Martha Bloxham,   b. 1773, Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 May 1848, Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  3 Jan 1818  Birmingham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F135  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Brass ARP Hand Bell engraved 'Fiddian' but made by James Barwell Ltd
    Brass ARP Hand Bell engraved 'Fiddian' but made by James Barwell Ltd
    'Fiddian' Brass made by James Barwell Ltd, 1951
    "Fiddian" Brass made by James Barwell Ltd, 1951

  • Notes 

    • Birmingham brass-founder:
      Brass Candlestick Maker, Bell Founder, Cock Founder (brass taps, stopcocks etc).

      Business variously at 39-40 and 41 Gt Hampton St.

      Brass Founding was invented in Birmingham in the 1820s!