Beecham, Joseph

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Beecham, Joseph Gender: M
born on 8 June 1848 at 04:45 (= 04:45 AM )
Place Wigan, England, 53n33, 2w38
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 17°27' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 11°33 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 01°10'

Joseph Beecham (Beecham's Clock Tower built in 1877 in St Helens, Merseyside)
photo: Koncorde (talk), license gfdl


British businessman, styled 1st Baronet, he was the eldest son of Thomas Beecham and Jane Evans. He played a large part in the growth and expansion of his father's medicinal pill business which he joined in 1866. He was responsible for Beechams' factory and office in Westfield Street, St. Helens, being built in 1885. A factory was subsequently opened in New York followed by more factories and agencies in several other countries.

Beecham was the proprietor of the Aldwych Theatre in London, a Justice of the Peace for Lancashire and was Mayor of St. Helens between 1889 and 1899 and again from 1910 to 1912. He was made a baronet, of Ewanville in the Parish of Huyton in the County Palatine of Lancaster, in 1914. He was invested as a Knight of the Order of Saint Stanislaus by Tsar Nicholas II. Beecham was a patron of the arts and purchased a number of paintings by J. M. W. Turner.

Beecham married Josephine Burnett in 1873. He died on 23 October 1916, aged 68, succeeded in the baronetcy by his eldest son, Thomas, who had been knighted in his own right earlier in 1916 for his services to music as an orchestral conductor.

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  • Relationship : Marriage 1873 (Josephine Burnett)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from A Guinea a Box: A Biography by Anne Francis (Hale, 1968), page 51: "This was their first child. Fair-haired, grey-eyed, the baby was born at 4.45 a.m. 8th June, 1848, and christened Joseph at the parish church. Thomas duly entered the event in the flyleaf of a massive family Bible. He also plotted his own, and his son's, nativity."

Birth place from Wigan, England, Church of England Baptisms book.


  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Oldest of four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Patron of the arts)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (Mayor of St. Helens)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted