Thomas Banks

mining engineer
Place of Birth

  • Born : February 1844 at Bretherton near Preston
  • Married (1)
  • Married (II) : 19 March 1885 at Abram Amelia Banks, widow of Bickershaw, daughter of Abraham Ackers.
  • Died :  12 June 1905
  • Funeral : Hope Church Pendleton. Burial Leigh Cemetery 16 June 1905

THOMAS BANKS (Fellow) was born at Bretherton, near Preston, in February, 1844, the son of Robert Banks, farmer, and was educated at Ormskirk Grammar School. On leaving, he was articled to a firm in Preston, and afterwards took a situation with Burd and Company, of Shrewsbury. In 1869 he removed to Leigh, and became, first assistant to, and then partner with, the Atherton Selby. In 1874, he commenced on his own account, and in 1881, the business having greatly expanded, he established the firm of Banks, Fairclough, and Stephen, subsequently opening an office at 60, King Street, Manchester. As a mining engineer, his work covered a wide field of operations, and he was especially regarded as an expert on all matters relating to collieries and coal mines. He joined The Institution of Chartered Surveyors as a Fellow in November, 1891. His death occurred in June 1905, from heart failure, at the age of 61.

1895-1905 : Thomas Banks, surveyor (Banks Fairclough and Stephen) Eastlawn, Park Avenue, Eccles

Death Notice : Manchester Guardian 14, 15 and 16 June 1905
Obituary : Transactions of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 1906, page 560


Name Designation Formed Dissolved Location
Banks Fairclough and Stephen Mining Engineers Surveyors and Architects 1881 1910 Leigh and Manchester