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William Isaac Palmer, about 1885
William Isaac Palmer, about 1885
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Brief Description: William Isaac Palmer (1824-1893), George Palmer's younger brother who became a partner in the business in 1857
Subject Date: Around 1885
Full Description: In 1838 William Isaac was apprenticed to Joseph Huntley the ironmongers in London Street. In 1851 he joined his brother's biscuit company and became biscuit factory manager at a salary of £200 per year. He and his brother Samuel became full partners in the company in 1857 and were entitled to a quarter of the profits each. He was more light-hearted than his brothers, never married and stayed living with his mother as her companion. His estate was at Grazeley Court where he was a successful landowner as he concentrated on the rearing of his prize winning shorthorned cattle. He also owned 'Hillside' which he built in 1880-82, on land in Allcroft Road that he leased from Christ's Hospital. During his lifetime he donated much time and money to good causes, for example he sank a well at Great Lea, Shinfield, for the benefit of the inhabitants of the district. He was also the prime mover in founding the Reading Free Library and the Museum and he was a generous contributor to the New Town Hall and the Schools of Science and Art, subscribing around £20,000 for these buildings. He died in 1893 and it was discovered that his benefactions and promises of funds exceeded his assets. Therefore his brothers had to help out from their own resources.
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Dimensions: Height: 21.5cm, Width: 16.5cm
Subject: social history, trade <food mfr>, portrait
Name Subject: William Isaac Palmer
Content Type: photograph
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1997.130.199
Unique ID: rm-rm-1997_130_199~1_846-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service)
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