John Alfred Langford (1823 -
John Alfred Langford was born in Birmingham on 12th September 1823
His father started a business in 1828 as a chair maker.
He owed his early education to his invalid mother, Harriet Eaton, he finished his education in a private school.
After finishing his education he joined his fathers firm at the age of 10 and was apprenticed when he was 13. At the age of 19 while still an apprentice he married Ann Swinton, they had 4 children only a daughter survived. His wife died in 1847. He married his second wife Mary Anne (a daughter of F. Pine a printer) in 1849 they had 6 children.
In August 1847 he joined the new Unitarian Church of the Saviour (founded by George Dawson originator of the doctrine of the Civic Gospel).
1848 he became one of a group of friends who met regularly at one anothers houses to discuss philosophical, political and social matters. They called themselves “The Inner Circle”. In 1850 three members, Langford, William Harris and Henry Latham published a volume of poems that had emerged from these sessions.
In the winter of 1850-
In 1855 he became sub-
In 1858 He helped with the acquisition for the public of Aston Hall and Park and served as manager with a residence at the hall until the purchase of the property by the corporation in 1864
He was a member of the Birmingham School Board (1874-
He died on 24th January 1903 in Birmingham and is buried in Key Hill cemetery.