Benjamin Graham (c.1822-1879)

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Benjamin Graham was a builder and stonemason active in the Huddersfield area.


He was born in Paddock circa 1822, the son of Joseph Graham[1] and his wife Mary (née Shaw).

His older brother Abraham established the firm of Abraham Graham & Sons, whilst another of his nephews established the firm of Ben Graham & Sons.

He was initiated into the Huddersfield Lodge of Freemason on 22 June 1853.

He established the firm of Benjamin Graham & Nephews, together with his nephews William Henry Jessop and his brother Joseph Jessop.[2] This firm later became known as Graham & Nephew and then Graham & Jessop.

Benjamin Graham died on 7 March 1879 at Park View House, Moldgreen, aged 57.

Selected Local Works

  • undated alterations to Longley Hall, Huddersfield
  • Independent Chapel, George Street, Huddersfield (1856)
  • St. Thomas's Church, Manchester Road, Huddersfield (1857-59)
  • bell tower of Christ Church, Moldgreen (1865)
  • new Local Board Room, Lockwood (1865)
  • additional floor of mill on Colne Road, Folly Hall for Messrs. John Taylor & Sons (1866)
  • mill on Firth Street, Huddersfield (1866)
  • Ramsden Estate Buildings, Huddersfield (c.1870)
  • New Bank Buildings for Yorkshire Banking Company, New Street, Huddersfield (1870)
  • enhancements to Huddersfield Railway Station (1871)
  • new factory for Messrs. R & W Hirst at Turnbridge, Huddersfield (1871)
  • Huddersfield Borough Prison Cells (1873)
  • Board School, Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield (1873)
  • Byram Buildings, Westgate, Huddersfield (1873)
  • Christ Church School, Moldgreen (1874)
  • chimney at Canal Bank Dyeworks, off Leeds Road (1874) — collapsed in 1893, killing John Ellis (aged 52) and Jacob Dawson (42)
  • Board School, Crosland Moor (1876)
  • Kirkgate Buildings, Kirkgate, Huddersfield (c.1878)
  • restoration of Woodsome Hall, Farnley Tyas (c.1879)

By the Executors of his estate:

  • Poor Law Guardian Offices, corner of Ramsden Street and Queen Street South (1879-80)

Further Reading

  • The family surname is sometimes recorded as "Grime" in early documents.
  • William Henry Jessop and Joseph Jessop were the sons of Benjamin's sister Mary Ann Graham who married John Jessop.
  • Benjamin Graham (c.1822-1879)


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