About George Fentham

Packhorse Bridge

Packhorse Bridge

George Fentham was born in 1630 in Hampton-in-Arden.  He was the fifth child of Henry Fentham and became successful businessman in the developing city of Birmingham. Such evidence as we have indicates that George developed a keen sense of social responsibility and a clear awareness of the poverty that existing around him.
He drew up his last Will and Testament in 1690, the year of his death. In it he specified that he wished certain categories of persons “in the place of my nativity” (the manor of Hampton-In-Arden) to benefit from his personal estate.
He left money to “relieve and comfort the honest, deserving and industrious poor”, but not “the idle and vitious”.  He provided for an annual sum of £30 to be spent in Hampton-In- Arden £20 to pay a Schoolmaster, £5 for the relief of the poor and £5 for setting out an apprentice. The £20 was to be paid to “such a person as shall be appointed to and lawfully teach School in Hampton-In-Arden, to male children of the inhabitants of the Parish and especially of the poorer sort”.
For over three hundred years the Trustees have managed and invested his legacy which has supported many worthwhile projects within the area of benefit and has perpetuated the name of George Fentham.