Edward Bagnall Dimmack

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

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 ThomasĀ  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

Husband:Edward Bagnall DIMMACK (1808-1875)
Wife:Anne THOMPSON (1801-1881)
Children:Sarah Jane DIMMACK (1832-bef1846)
Frances Anne DIMMACK (1834-1862)
Marriage17 Oct 1831Kingswinford, Staffordshire

Husband: Edward Bagnall DIMMACK

Name:Edward Bagnall DIMMACK
Father:Jeremiah DIMMACK (bap.1781, bur.1848)
Mother:Jane BAGNALL (bap.1787, bur.1850)
Birth19 Nov 1808Bilston, Staffordshire
Baptism25 Dec 1808 (age 0)St Lawrence, Darlaston
Residence1841 (age 32-33)Church Street, Bilston
Occupationbtw 1841 and 1864 (age 32-56)Ironworks Proprietor; Staffordshire and South Wales
Residence1850 (age 41-42)
Described as Edward Bagnall Dimmack of Pontypool
Occupation17 Dec 1852 (age 44)Appointed director of South Staffordshire Water Company (Henry Marten chief engineer)
Occupation1 Feb 1853 (age 44)Appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Staffodshire
Occupation1856 (age 47-48)JP and High Sheriff for the county of Monmouth
Occupation1856 (age 47-48)Went into partnership with Henry Marten
Occupation30 Jan 1856 (age 47)attendant of ceremony; Buckingham Palace in front of Queen Victoria
All high Sherrifs attend Buckingham Palace
Occupationc. 1870 (age 61-62)JP for Staffordshire
Occupation1875 (age 66-67)
Parkfield Iron Company wound up after EB Dimmacks death
DeathQ1 1875 (age 66)


Father:Isaac THOMPSON (1772-1838)
Mother:Sarah ASTLEY (bap.1772, d.1844)
Birth23 Feb 1801Bilston, Staffordshire
Baptism23 Feb 1803 (age 2)Temple Street Chapel
Census1851 (age 49-50)
1851 Census shows niece called Caroline Thompson staying with Dimmacks
ResidenceApr 1881 (age 80)Birches, Codsall with Henry J Marten, Son in law, aged 80
DeathQ4 1881 (age 80)Codsall

Child 1: Sarah Jane DIMMACK

Name:Sarah Jane DIMMACK
Birth22 May 1832
Baptism23 May 1832 (age 0)Oxford Street, Bilston – Non conformist
Deathbtw 1835 and 1846 (age 2-14)

Child 2: Frances Anne DIMMACK

Name:Frances Anne DIMMACK2
Spouse:Henry John MARTEN (1827-1892)
Birth1834Bilston, Staffordshire3
Baptism25 Jun 1837 (age 2-3)Oxford Street, Bilston – Non conformist
Death26 Mar 1862 (age 27-28)Penn Fields, Staffordshire
Burial31 Mar 1862Wolverhampton


1“1851 Census shows niece called Caroline Thompson staying with Dimmacks”. 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”.