James T. Chance black plaque in Smethwick

James T. Chance
M.A. J.P. D.L.
For fifty years a partner in the firm
of Chance Brothers & Co
at the Glass Works Smethwick and at the Akali Works Oldbury.

He purchased the land for the Park, laid it out and endowed it and on September 7th 1895 opened it a gift to the public for ever. He
also made the roads on the east and west boundaries.

Chance Brothers and Company was a glassworks originally based in Spon Lane, Smethwick, West Midlands (formerly in Staffordshire), in England. It was a leading glass manufacturer and a pioneer of British glassmaking technology.The Chance family originated in Bromsgrove as farmers and craftsmen before setting up business in Smethwick in 1824. Situated between nearby Birmingham and the Black Country in the agglomeration of the Midlands industrial heartland, they took advantage of the skilled workers, canals and many advances that were taking place in the Industrial West Midlands at the time.Throughout its almost two centuries of history many changes have affected the company which, now privatised, continues to function as Chance Glass Limited, a specialised industrial glass manufacturer in Malvern, Worcestershire at one of the former small subsidiary factories. The social and economic impact of the company on the region is the subject of a project sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Source: dbpedia

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