Edward Bagnall Dimmack was born in Bilston in 1808 the son of Jeremiah Dimmack and Jane Bagnall. Both his parents' families had been caught up in the heart of the iron, coal and steel revolution that swept this area of the West Midlands from 1750-1800. Jane Bagnall was descended from a junior line of the wealthy Bagnalls of Broseley. The Dimmacks had worked in the Iron founding industry since its inception.

Edward was baptised at St Lawrence Darlaston on Christmas Day 1808 together with his cousin Edward Bagnall.Edward Bagnall Dimmack

He married Anne Thompson in 1831 and had one surviving daughter Frances Anne. She was baptized in a Non Conformist church. Edward Bagnall Dimmack's father had certainly been involved with the Methodists and Edward would appear to have been strongly independent in his thoughts and conscience. He is quoted in a Report to Parliamentary Commissioners in 1842 on the condition of child labour, with clearly an outspoken view on the need to have the highest 'moral' standards of child welfare in the Bilston iron working industry.

Edward's business career seems to have ridden a large boom in the 1830's and 1840's that allowed him to gain significant social status in his middle age. His partners and fellow 'Ironmasters' appear to have been Thomas  Firmstone and John Thompson. The business interests extended to Coal and Iron works in South Wales (Coalbrook Vale Iron Company). Other business with which he was involved in are the Bunkers Hill Colliery and the Parkfield Ironworks in Wolverhampton. On 1 Feb 1853 he was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Staffordshire and by 1856 he had become a JP and High Sheriff for the county of Monmouth.

In 1852 he was appointed a Director of the South Staffordshire Water Company. He had lived through the devastating cholera outbreaks in Bilston in the 1840's and the issue of clean water and sanitation was an important social necessity at the time. This brought him into contact with the young Henry Marten, who became his son-in-law and business partner, in the latter part of his career. It is easy to see how these two got on so well - the son without the father, the father without a son - but also independent thinking, keen on modernity and a strong social conscience.

By the time he died in 1875 the string of Iron Works, he owned in Staffordshire and South Wales, were in serious trouble as there was enormous consolidation in the industry. The Parkfield Iron Works was wound up after his death. His widow Anne Dimmack continued to live with Henry Marten until her death in 1881.

Family of Edward Bagnall DIMMACK and Anne THOMPSON

See also
Edward DIMMACK's parents: Jeremiah DIMMACK (1782-1848) and Jane BAGNALL (1790?-1850)
Edward DIMMACK's siblings: Mary Ann Bagnall DIMMACK (1807-1866), William Henry DIMMACK (1811- ), Jane Thomings DIMMACK (1816?-1850), Jeremiah Bagnall DIMMACK (1818-1893), George Frederick DIMMACK (1820-1905), Emma Selina DIMMACK (1823-1893), Richard Harper DIMMACK (1825-1826?) and Theophilus Davies DIMMACK (1828-1855)
Husband: Edward Bagnall DIMMACK (1808-1875)
Wife: Anne THOMPSON (1799-1881)
Children: Sarah Jane DIMMACK (1832-bef1846)
Frances Anne DIMMACK (1834-1862)
Marriage 17 Oct 1831 Kingswinford, Staffordshire

Husband: Edward Bagnall DIMMACK

Name: Edward Bagnall DIMMACK
Sex: Male
Father: Jeremiah DIMMACK (1782-1848)
Mother: Jane BAGNALL (1790?-1850)
Birth 19 Nov 1808 Bilston, Staffordshire
Baptism 25 Dec 1808 (age 0) St Lawrence, Darlaston
Residence (1) 1841 (age 32-33) Church Street, Bilston
Occupation (1) btw 1841 and 1864 (age 32-56) Ironworks Proprietor; Staffordshire and South Wales
Residence (2) 1850 (age 41-42)
Occupation (2) 17 Dec 1852 (age 44) Appointed director of South Staffordshire Water Company (Henry Marten chief engineer)
Occupation (3) 1 Feb 1853 (age 44) Appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Staffodshire
Occupation (4) 1856 (age 47-48) JP and High Sheriff for the county of Monmouth
Occupation (5) 1856 (age 47-48) Went into partnership with Henry Marten
Occupation (6) 1870 (app) (age 61-62) JP for Staffordshire
Death Q1 1875 (age 66)
Occupation (7) 30 Jan 1856 (age 47) attendant of ceremony; Buckingham Palace in front of Queen Victoria

Additional Information

Residence (2) Described as Edward Bagnall Dimmack of Pontypool
Occupation (7) All high Sherrifs attend Buckingham Palace


Name: Anne THOMPSON 1
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1799 Bilston, Staffordshire
Baptism 25 Aug 1799 (age 0) St Leonards, Bilston
Census 1851 (age 51-52)
Residence Apr 1881 (age 81-82) Birches, Codsall with Henry J Marten, Son in law, aged 80
Death Q4 1881 (age 81-82) Codsall

Additional Information

Census 1851 Census shows niece called Caroline Thompson staying with Dimmacks

Child 1: Sarah Jane DIMMACK

Name: Sarah Jane DIMMACK
Sex: Female
Birth 22 May 1832
Baptism 23 May 1832 (age 0) Oxford Street, Bilston - Non conformist
Death btw 1835 and 1846 (age 2-14)

Child 2: Frances Anne DIMMACK

Name: Frances Anne DIMMACK 2
Sex: Female
Spouse: Henry John MARTEN (1827-1892)
Birth 1834 Bilston, Staffordshire 3
Baptism 25 Jun 1837 (age 2-3) Oxford Street, Bilston - Non conformist
Death 26 Mar 1862 (age 27-28) Penn Fields, Staffordshire
Burial 31 Mar 1862 (age 27-28) Wolverhampton


1 "1851 Census shows niece called Caroline Thompson staying with Dimmacks. Also John Thompson from Manchester is recorded as a co partner of EB Dimmack
2 "Oxford Street Congregationalist Church Baptism Records".
3 "Oxford Street Independent".