Charles Paxton Markham (1865-1926)

artist's estate?; (c) V. Michael Whitehead (grandson); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Charles Paxton Markam was born on 14th April, 1865. He was the son of Charles Markham and Rosa Paxton of Brimington Hall.

When his father died in 1888, he found himself on the board of the Staveley Coal and Iron Company. He was then twenty three years old.

The Company expanded greatly under his leadership. He opened more coal mines and built a housing estate at Hollingwood for his workforce.

In 1889, he purchased the Broad Oak Works in Chesterfield which developed into Markham engineering.

Charles Paxton Markham gave thousands of pounds to improve the area and community services.

He married twice but left no children. He served as Mayor of Chesterfield three times.

He died on 29th June 1926 at the age of sixty-one and is buried at Staveley.

He left his house and grounds at Tapton to Chesterfield Borough Council to be used as a museum. He left his home and grounds at Ringwood to the Staveley Coal and Iron Company, and the Markham Hall at Staveley, which he had built in 1893 as a memorial to his father, to the people of Staveley.

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