Leonard Fairclough

Leonard Fairclough (1853–1927) was a stonemason who founded Leonard Fairclough & Son which later merged with William Press Group to become AMEC, one of the United Kingdom's largest engineering businesses.


Fairclough was born in 1853 in Adlington, Lancashire.[1] He apprenticed locally and duly qualified as a stonemason.[1] He set up in business on his own in 1883, initially carving funeral monuments.[1] He subsequently brought his son, Leonard Miller Fairclough, into the business which was renamed Leonard Fairclough & Son.[1] They gradually moved into general contracting building their first bridge in 1905.[1]

Leonard Fairclough Senior was Chairman of the business until he died in 1927.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Adlington: History". Archived from the original on 6 March 2009. Retrieved 25 May 2009.