Sir Joseph Whitworth (1803-1887)
Sir Joseph Whitworth also started his working life as an apprentice - at Amber Mill in Oakerthorpe.
He had many strings to his bow, including being: an engineer, entrepreneur, inventor and philanthropist. One of his great achievements was to devise the British Standard Whitworth system, which created an accepted standard for screw threads that we still use today.
Sir Joseph was very much involved in making industrial links with other countries and travelled abroad in his work. He was keen to understand and discuss the different approaches of other cultures. We celebrate him for this as we seek to develop our own Fundamental British Values by exploring and understanding other cultures and beliefs.
As well as his business interests, Sir Joseph wanted to benefit others from his good fortune; in his will he directed his trustees to spend his fortune on philanthropic projects which they still do to this day.
Sir Joseph is buried at St Helen’s Churchyard, Darley Dale.