Francis Taylor, Baron Taylor of Hadfield
(7 January 1905 - 15 February 1995) is best known as being the founder of Taylor Woodrow
, a leading international contractor and developer.
He was born in Hadfield
, near Glossop
on 7 January 1905. By the age of 11 he was operating his father's fruit business. The family moved to Blackpool
where at the age of 16, with help from his father and a bank, he spent £400 developing two houses which he sold at a substantial profit (£1000 each). This was the beginning of the business which Frank Taylor founded, to which his uncle Jack Woodrow also lent his name, now known as Taylor Woodrow
In 1974 he was given a knighthood. he was elevated to the peerage in 1982 as Baron Taylor of Hadfield
Lord Taylor of Hadfield continued to hold the position of Life President until his death on 15 February 1995, when he was visiting a company housing development, the 3-500 homes flagship 'Meadows' development with a golf course in Sarasota
Taylor's second wife, Christine, who was also involved with Taylor Woodrow, lived with her daughter Sarah Melville until she passed away in 2011.