Joseph Pease - one of Hull's

great merchants

SPEAKER: Michael Free

Friday, September 9 at 11.15am,
Wrecking Ball Arts Centre,

Joseph Pease was one of Hull's most prominent and sucessful merchants of the eighteenth century.  He was descibed by Gordon Jackson as "one of the great entrepeneurs" of that era.  Born in the Netherlands in 1688 he came to Hull and set up a seed oil refining mill from which he made his fortune.

He later moved into other areas of trade such as whaling, shipping, whiting and paint manufacture, and later into underwriting and insurance.  But he is probably best remembered for his establishment of the first bank in Yorkshire in 1754.

Pease's Bank continued to trade until the last decade of the nineteenth century when it became part of the York Union Bank which in turn was subsumed into Barclays.  When de died in 1780 he left a personal estate valued at around £80 000 and a business empire worth over five times as much.  Everyone should know about Joseph Pease.

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Additional Information

Contact for the day:John Netherwood

Organised by

John Netherwood