Grace Thornton, OBE,CBE, MVO
British Community and Family History
Towards the middle of the 18th century a young man called William Stephens left his native Exeter and came to Lisbon. All went well until the 1755 earthquake when it seems as if he suffered considerable losses. However, he came to the notice of the Marqués de Pombal who asked him to go to Marinha Grande to take over a failed glass factory. This he did with considerable success and other businesses soon followed to Marinha Grande. Not only was the business very successful but Stephens became recognised as a pioneer in the provision of social and economic welfare for his workers.
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