Christopher Albert Hayes - 1850-1916 (Lord Mayor 1909 & 10)




Christopher Hayes was born in Clifton on 1st August 1850.  He was apprenticed to his uncle Mr J Hayes of Bedminster and worked with other firms to become a builder and contractor commencing business in Bristol in 1877.  He completed a number of projects for the Bristol Docks committee, built the Clifton Rocks Railway for Sir George Newnes, The Peoples palace in Baldwin Street, three banks for Lloyds and many other buildings.   Other contracts included: St Katherine's church Knowle, Knowle vicarage, St George's Higher Grade & Technical School and Bristol Dispensary.  He was Lord Mayor of Bristol in 1909 and 1910 so he presided of the local arrangements for the coronation of Edward VIII which "involved him in the reception and entertainment of the Colonial Premiers upon their visit to the City in Coronation Year" .  He died on 16th February 1916, aged 65 years at his residence, Salisbury House, Westbury-on-Trym.

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