Abraham invested the profits he made at the mills into railway companies, including the Great Western Railway (GWR).
Railway shares were secure investments as the industry continually grew. This meant Abraham’s money was safe and helped him get loans to grow his mill businesses.
Westbury to the world
Westbury station was added to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Wiltshire, Salisbury and Weymouth line in September 1848.
Prior to opening on 28 August 1848, Daniel Gooch (chief engineer at GWR), journeyed from Chippenham to Westbury with Brunel.
The opening of the station at Westbury was significant, as it enabled the movement of goods to and from the world. This may have been a factor Abraham considered when he bought both Angel and Bitham Mill.
An extract of Bath Chronicle, 1848. Copyright Bath 1n Time.