Rebecca's chair

Rebecca's chair, Finch Foundry, Devon

Rebecca Finch owned and ran Finch Foundry from 1885 to 1891. Although this was a short period of time, Rebecca made big changes to the business.

She diversified the business enabling Finch tool manufacturers to roll with the changes in the economy and make themselves sustainable for the future. Albany, her son, took over a very successful business in 1891 and was able to invest in property and staffing which reinforced his mothers hard work.

When Rebecca ran the business the building was much larger and encompassed stables and an office. All that's left of the office is Rebecca's chair where story has it, she did the accounting and handed out pay cheques to over 20 members of staff. The staff at the time were all men and Rebecca's enterprising nature ensured that they were productive through thick and thin.