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About Lord Frank Taylor
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 in Derbyshire 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. In 1979 he resigned as managing director and became life president; he was elevated to the peerage in 1982 as Baron Taylor of Hadfield.