The business was founded in the 1840s by Charles Townsend Halsted, one of 3 sons of Charles Halsted, and the principal driving force behind developing the business. It traded through a shop in East Street (Nos 80 and later 81/82)and subsequently established first a brass foundry at 20 North Pallant and later a larger main iron works in the garden of 1 North Pallant as shown in the map below. (Click to enlarge).
Charles Townsend Halsted died in 1891. The following is an extract from the records of the Probate Service: ‘HALSTED Charles Townsend of Chichester esquire died 25 December 1891. Probate London 14 March (1892) to Maria Halsted widow Sir Robert George Raper knight James Lainson Gauntlett gentleman and Charles Edward Halsted esquire. Effects £60758 13s. 1d. resworn January 1893 £61425 13s. 7d.’
In 2016 , his estate would be worth £6,010,000.00 using the retail price index (Source – Measuring Worth) – clearly he was a successful businessman of the time.
The following concept map provides an overview of the history of Halsted & Sons’ ironmongery and foundry business in Chichester (click it for clearer view).
More detailed information concerning the sons and the business itself can be found by using the numbered links below the map. Below are some additional images.
(1) Charles Townsend Halsted Source – The Halsted Trust
(2) Henry Halsted Source – The Halsted Trust
(3) John Halsted Source – The Halsted Trust
(4a) Halsted’s the Ironmongers (An overview) Source – Pat Saunders , The Novium
(4b) Halsted and Sons of Chichester (Detailed article) Source – Alan H J Green, Sussex Industrial History no 35, 2005
(5) The Great Exhibition Source – Grace’s Guide to British Industrial History