Isaac Jenks was a staunch
Wesleyan Methodist, and when he became Mayor of
Wolverhampton on November 9th, 1872 the
Corporation attended Darlington Street Methodist
Church to hear a sermon. He had a kind and
benevolent disposition, a quiet and unassuming
who gave freely to good causes, particularly
those assisting the building of places of worship.
During his time as mayor he
gave the gold chain and badge of office that
would be worn by future mayors at council
meetings and civic functions. It is of Greek
design, weighs 30ozs. and cost £250.
In 1871 he gave £100
towards the conversion of former police cells in
the old police station building in Garrick
Street to provide a classroom for the town’s
first technical school. The room held up to 60
students and became known as Jenks’ Classroom.
The official opening of the classroom took place
in April 1873.
He lived with his
wife Rebecca, 2 sons and 3 daughters at Morley
House on Dunstall Hill, now the site of a modern
housing estate. In the 1902 Wolverhampton Red
Book the occupant is listed as Miss E. A. Jenks,
and Minerva Works is listed as Jenks & Sons,
iron manufacturers, Horseley Fields. They are
not listed in the 1908, or any of the later Red