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Albert Baldwin Bantock

Alderman Bantock, c. 1930, OP487

Alderman Bantock, c. 1930, OP487

Born in 1862 and educated at Tettenhall College, Wolverhampton, Bantock entered his father’s firm of Thomas Bantock & Co after leaving school and became a partner in the business in 1886.  The business passed to him on his father’s death in 1895.  In 1889, he married Kate Jones, the daughter of a local politician and industrialist.  The couple remained childless.

He was associated with Queen Street Congregational Church and pursued an active part in its sunday school throughout his life and was Sunday School Superintendent at Lea Road Congregational Church.

As a councillor Bantock was also a director of Tettenhall College and sat on the Management Committee of Wolverhampton Eye Infirmary.

On the day of his election he was honoured by being made a life governor of Wolverhampton General Hospital, Eye Infirmary and Women’s Hospital.

Bantock’s father had served as mayor for Wolverhampton between 1869 and 1870.  Bantock himself was the first mayor to return to office for three consecutive elections, between 1905 and 1907.  He later held the office again, from 1914 until 1915.  His long service as Mayor earned him the title of Alderman.  He served with Wolverhampton Council for thirty-three years.

In 1920, Bantock’s political career reached it’s peak when he was appointed High Sheriff of Staffordshire.  Six years later, his various contributions to Wolverhampton’s civic life were rewarded when he was given the Freedom of the Borough.

He died in 1938.  In his will he surprised the Corporation of Wolverhampton by asking that after his wife’s death Merridale House (now known as Bantock House) and its grounds be given to the town.

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