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Alfred William Heath (1848-1929), The Leasowes, And Samuel Heath And Son.


Master Barmy
Alfred William Heath (1848-1929) and the Leasowes were mentioned in the Thread "Help Me Save A Birmingham Park," and it may be helpful for future reference to mention information that was uncovered.

Alfred William Heath was the son of Samuel Heath (1813-1888) who had set up as a brassfounder around 1820. Samuel Heath was a partner in the firm Heath and Lawton at Great Charles St and Louisa St [1] For his own venture he soon moved to the "Cobden Works", Leopold Street as Samuel Heath and Son around 1862 with Alfred as a partner. A little of the product history can be seen at the Birmingham Brassmakers site [2].

In 1890 Samuel Heath and Son became a Limited Company with a share capital of £100,000, and the name continues today as a multinational company [3]. The headquarters still at Cobden Works, Leopold Street.

Alfred had interests in the many other brassfounders being a Director in William Cooper and Goode, Smiths of Saltley Ltd, H Miller and Co Ltd, Rainbow Lamp Co, Kronand Metal Co and no doubt others. He also had an interest from 1895 in the Central Restaurant in Corporation Street.

The Leasowes seems to have been the first large house in Wake Green Road below Wake Green itself, predating "Mel Valley" and looking well established on the 1883 OS Map. At that time it may have been occupied by a Denston Gibson who moved on, around 1890, to Rotten Park Road. AW Heath could well have been the next occupier as Samuel Heath and Sons became a Limited Company in that year, allowing some capital. He would stay at The Leasowes until his death in 1929.

[1] Workshop of the World, Ray Shill

[2] Samuel Heath history. https://www.oldcopper.org/makers/samuel_heath_co.php

[3] Samuel Heath today https://www.samuel-heath.co.uk/

[A few other bits of info for reference....

In march 1855 Heath and Lawton were mentioned as Louisa Street, Edward Street advertising Collin's patent socket castor. The partnership was disolved in Feb 1862.

In March 1877 Sam Heath and Son were charged with sanitary offences in Leopold Street.]


Super Moderator
Excellent, many thanks for researching and posting this. It quite sad that the Leasowes, and Mel Valley are now gone, because with them went a fascinating history of our city.

You can see now why I am such a fan of historic building and places. These places are able to tell us about history that is not written in the main stream history books.