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    I have recently discovered that my family, surname WILSON, were flour millers/dealers in the city some 100+ years ago ... also that my great uncle FRANK CAMPBELL WILSON was Lord Mayor in 1922/23. Can anyone add to this scant knowledge or point me towards some sources. Thanks.


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    Wilson's Mill in Mill Street Liverpool 8. The mill is still there operating and under new owners. Lots of stuff on this forum about it. It was operating under the name Wilson until around 30-35 years ago, maybe even less. They were one of the last operators of steam trucks, up until about 1970.

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    The mill can be seen here. The white concrete building to the right of the gas holder. The bottom of picture is filled in docks. The docks sheds can still be seen. The mill was served with grain from the huge nearby grain silo at Brunswick Dock.


    The mill in 1907:


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    Quote Originally Posted by jaydee2u View Post
    I have recently discovered that my family, surname WILSON, were flour millers/dealers in the city some 100+ years ago ... also that my great uncle FRANK CAMPBELL WILSON was Lord Mayor in 1922/23. Can anyone add to this scant knowledge or point me towards some sources. Thanks.
    How exciting for you !, family history is a wonderful (expensive) hobby !

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    The Mill again:

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    There's a portrait of him and his wife (Lady Frances Campbell Wilson I think) in the main ballroom in the Town Hall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julieoapw View Post
    There's a portrait of him and his wife (Lady Frances Campbell Wilson I think) in the main ballroom in the Town Hall.
    The plot thickens, because I had assumed he was a bachelor. 'Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress' would be the official titles I suppose, because he was not a Lord of the Realm to my knowledge. My cousin has found a vellum scroll bearing two large seals attached with ribbons (in a fitted red case) granting Frank Wilson a coat of arms. I need to study this more carefully, but I had assumed it is contemporary with him being Lord Mayor. My cousin also has a small quantity of corporation crockery bearing his monogram.

    Would being Lord Mayor suggest he was involved with politics in the City?

    The puzzling thing to me is that Frank Wilson was one of 16 children of my great-grandfather HENRY HOUGH WILSON who lived near Stockport, commuting daily to the Manchester commodity exchanges dealing in flour and associated products. Only 12 of the children survived to adulthood. I had assumed Frank Wilson was based over here too, so I had underestimated the strength of the Liverpool connection. I have not researched the family history in a serious way. The substantial family home in Offerton was sold and demolished before the second war, I assume on Henry Hough Wilson's death.

    As a boy in the 1960s we occasionally visited Frank in an old peoples' home in Stockport. My mother used to take him bottles of Yates' Navy Rum which was his favourite tipple.

    I shall try to get over to Liverpool to check out the portrait .... thanks very much for the tip.

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