Abraham Laverton

Abraham Laverton

Tony Laverton


The true story of the son of a humble weaver who, during the Victorian era, helped transform the Wiltshire market town of Westbury.

  • ISBN 9781906236717
  • Published Sep 2011
  • Paperback
    244 x 170mm (88 pages)


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Victorian Britain was a nation transformed by the unrelenting rush of new technology and new opportunities which created great wealth for those who were bold enough to meet the challenges.

Abraham Laverton, the son of a humble West Country weaver, took advantage of these changes and helped transform the market town of Westbury in Wiltshire from economic poverty to prosperity. For a period of thirty years he breathed new life into the woollen mills which until then had been in sharp decline.

Laverton was a lifelong bachelor who lived very modestly; his remarkable journey saw him rise to prominence as a generous benefactor to Westbury. In later life he became liberal member of Parliament, amid scandal and accusations of bribery which would lead to a change in voting legislation.

By building a fortune of over £50 million in today's money Abraham Laverton was able to improve not only the lives of those that worked for him, but also the people of Westbury.

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