Sir Robert Peel gold snuff box

Contributed by Tamworth Castle

Presented to Sir Robert Peel (2nd Baronet) in 1828. Held the Freedom of the Borough of Liverpool. Image © TAMCM

Sir Robert Peel was Home Secretary and Prime Minister of England and he founded the Police force that we have today.Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet, son of the wealthiest textile manufacturer of the Industrial Revolution was born 5 February 1788 in Lancashire. His father Sir Robert Peel, 1st Baronet, moved to Tamworth with the increase of textile manufacture. Sir Robert, who was presented with this snuff box, became MP for Tamworth in 1830 and remained in the position until his death in July 1850. During his political life he was Chief Secretary for Ireland in the 1820s and he became the Home Secretary for England in 1822, he was also Prime Minister of England twice, from 1834 - 1835 and 1841 - 1846. He formed the Conservative Party and repealed the Corn Laws of Britain, corn being the general term for grain and cereal crops. Sir Robert Peel is best known for the Corn Laws, the "Tamworth Manifesto" and forming, in 1828, the Police force as we know it today, in England and abroad, which is why they are still affectionately known as "Bobbies" or less well known as "Peelers" in Ireland.

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