The late 18th Century: John Ingram

Image: A pewter tobacco box made by John Ingram, alongside a clay tobacco pipe

The use of tobacco increased hugely in the 18th century and is linked economically to the growth of clay pipe making. Broseley near Coalbrookdale, just a few miles upstream on the Severn in Shropshire, was the most important local manufacturing centre in the 18th century.

[Image from: Bewdley Museum]

John Ingram junior (1731-1799) was the son of John Duncumb’s daughter Mary and John Ingram senior, a successful Bewdley attorney, who had acquired the lease to the manor of Tickenhill, just outside the town. John Ingram junior may have been apprenticed to his uncle Stynt Duncumb. After inheriting his uncle’s business in 1767 he operated the pewter manufactory successfully, but he had at least one other industrial interest. In 1768 he was identified as a brassfounder when he was made a burgess of Bridgnorth, in Shropshire, a few miles up the Severn. John Ingram junior probably lived in River House, on Riverside South in Bewdley, a dwelling which belonged to the Ingram family.


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944-1An Innovative Metal Industry: Pewter and Mass Production in Bewdley 269-0Bewdley’s Importance for the Pewter Industry 268-0Using Pewter 262-0Making Pewter 255-0Local Origins 257-0John Duncumb and Mass Production 258-0John Duncumb and Mass Production 259-0John Duncumb and Mass Production 264-0The mid 18th Century: Stynt Duncumb 260-0The late 18th Century: John Ingram 266-0The late 18th Century: John Ingram and Charles Hunt 267-0The late 18th Century: John Ingram and Charles Hunt 270-0The early 19th Century: Crane and Stinton 261-0The early 19th Century: Joseph Morgan 256-0Decline