Samuel Fereday, an ironmaster, resided at Ettingshall Park near Sedgley, Staffordshire. The estate belonged to the Petit family and contained a large quantity of iron stone and lime stone which was worked by Fereday.
Sir Edward Thomason, in his Memoirs, p.45. records that Samuel Fereday 'was the greatest ironmaster in the world'; that he, Thomason manufactured over two million copper tokens for him; that he employed nearly 5,000 persons, and every Friday, during the period of striking, Fereday sent a carriage to Thomason's work for the tokens with which to pay his numerous workpeople.
Bankrupt in the slump of 1816
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