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John Anstice was the third son of William Anstice a founder of The Madeley Wood Company c.1768.Mr Anstice continued the family tradition of caring for their work force and its families, The Anstice Family, also took it on themselves to care for the community as a whole. Little is known of oldest brother William , but Joseph died aged 28 when head of Classical Literature at Kings College London. Younger brother Robert died in 1853 aged 40. A renowned mathematician he went onto take the cloth as rector of Wigginton, near Tring in Hertfordshire.

Following his death on May 31st 1887, John Anstice's funeral was attended by many thousands of mourners, the community being swelled by numerous dignitaries from around the Country. His Obituary holds countless tributes, these words are just a token used to describe Mr Anstice.

"To use words flatteringly to describe John Anstice, would be Profanation indeed".

Two of his Sons, John Arthur and Robert Henry Anstice, became Knights of the Realm for services to the Community & Country. The Anstice (Family) Memorial Hall opened in 1860,, it survived a major fire in 1881 and the re-generation of the Town. The Anstice Hall remains in the heart of the community, as did the family.

Knights of The Realm

Colonel Sir John Arthur Anstice,

(1846-1929) was knighted in 1909, educated at Trinity College Oxford, held the office of Mayor of Wenlock on six occasions, was a Justice of the Peace, a honorary Colonel of The King's Shropshire Light Infantry, alderman of Shropshire, Deputy Lieutenant for Shropshire & Gloucestershire and also became High Sheriff for Gloucestershire. His Wife, Agnes Pauline died in 1927, she was the daughter of Ferdinand Unna of Lancaster Gate London. Sir Arthur died August 1st 1929, at his Gloucestershire home.

Lieut.-Col.and Hon.Col., Sir Robert Henry Anstice,

(1843-1922), was knighted in 1910, educated at Rugby & Oxford (M.A.). Ensign 29th Regiment 1866, Lieut.,1869 & Captain 1879. Exchanged to 55th (2nd Batt. Border Regt.)1881; Major, half-pay, 1885; Adjutant, 1st Aberdeenshire Royal Engineers (Volunteers) 1884; placed on retired pay,1889; Lt Col Commanding 1st Aberdeenshire Royal Engineers (Volunteers), Sir Robert was also granted the rank of Honorary Colonel, Highland Division, RE (Territorial's) in 1914. He died 9th April 1922, in Brighton.