I am researching William Vernon & Sons of Millennium Flour fame of Liverpool, Birkenhead and London. In the late 1800s and early 20th century the Vernons it seems took care of their workers providing a full-time nurse for any workers who became ill and also providing convalescent treatment in Caerwys. I wondered if there is any record of a convalescent home or any indication of Vernons' flour mill workers staying in the town.
The Vernons were originally yeoman farmers from Cheshire but a branch of the family had started in the milling business in Staffordshire. A descendant William Vernon with his sons developed the business at Fole in Staffordshire and in the late 1800s moved to Liverpool to take advantage of the port for importing and exporting. From various reports in newspapers and trade journals the Vernons come across as benevolent employers - building houses for their workers, organising annual outings for them and it seems providing care when they were ill.
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