Robert Tasker

Date published: 22/01/2014
© Newbury Weekly News





Our obituary column for the last week contained the notice of the decease of Mr. R Tasker, who has for some years resided at Upland Place, Newbury.


The deceased was well known in the neighbourhood as a gentleman of considerable property. He is stated to have commenced business as a village blacksmith at Abbott's Inn, near Andover, and his industry and skill enabled him to develop a small business into a very large one. He was the original proprietor of the Waterloo Iron Works, Andover, which he built, and he was for many years well known as a maker of agricultural implements, and the inventor of several improvements in them. The fortune he amassed in business is a remarkable instance of success achieved by intelligent and steady industry. Retiring from business in 1836, he subsequently resided in Winchester and Southampton, and at the latter place he became connected with some mining operations, by which he unfortunately lost a considerable sum of money.


Since his residence in Newbury, Mr. Tasker has on several occasions contributed munificent donations to the Primitive Methodist cause, with which he was identified. He was buried on Saturday last, in Newbury Cemetery.


Newbury Weekly News 24 April 1873


BMD Death June Q 1873 aged 88


(Abbott's Inn should be Abbott's Ann, near Andover.)


Sources:Newbury Weekly News 24 April 1873 and BMD

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