Langley Kitching was born in Leeds in July, 1835 but went to school in York. He married Elizabeth Shackleton in 1875 (in Leeds). In 1881, they were living at Caledonian Road in Leeds.
He was, in the period between 1890 and 1900, elected Mayor of Bewdley (twice). The family house, in the Park Lane area, was called Rosenhurst – now pulled down – though referenced on one or two of his H@H sheets (see below). He is credited with being instrumental in bringing the piped water supply to the town in 1901.
He was a member of the Society of Friends. When younger, he travelled to Madagasgar and collected Ferns – see article by J G Baker in J. Bot 1880.
He is described as being a retired Stockbroker, living at Rosenhurst in the 1891 & 1901 censuses.
Web references :
image of Langley Kitching in mayoral robes (?)
KITCHING at Rosenhurst, Bewdley Elizabeth widow of Langley Kitching Esq, JP,
details such as Register book for burials in Friends’ Burial Ground at Bewdley. 1867-1903
Abstract from copy of Bewdley burial register [of Friends]. 1684-1786. 1899
Notes on the Friends’ Meeting House, Bewdley, and extract from Bewdley burial register, 1684-1949, made by Alice Parker of Bewdley. c.1952
Plan of Friends’ Meeting House and burial ground at Lower Park, Bewdley. Made by Langley Kitching. Scale 1/8″:1′. 1885