Thomas France ne Hayhurst

1762 - 1815


Liverpool merchant, born Thomas Hayhurst, nephew of James France, partner in France, Fletcher & Co. of Liverpool, brother-in-law of John Cropper (q.v.) and father of James France France (q.v.).

  1. Trustees of James France of Liverpool bought the Bostock estate in Cheshire in 1798 for his nephew Thomas Hayhurst. The house was already standing (built c. 1775) but was significantly modified in the mid 19thC. The estate remained in the family for over 150 years.


  1. Bostock Hall Cheshire Account Book, John Rylands Library,">em> [accessed 21/09/2015].

Further Information

Elizabeth Cropper

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Previous owner

The enslaved people were registered to France, Fletcher & Yates in 1815, and to predecessor firms from 1809 onwards.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

France, Fletcher & Co.
West India merchant  
notes →
Succeeded his uncle James France as head of the firm c. 1790. Partner at death in 1815....

Relationships (8)

Father → Son
Father → Son
Father → Son
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