Joseph William Ransted was born in Hoxton, London and baptised at St. Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch on 29th January 1864. He died on 3rd November 1936 in Colliers Wood, Surrey (now South London). In between those dates Joseph became a very successful businessman.
Joseph married Harriett Mary Terry in 1885, by whom he had 3 children. Harriett died in 1928.
Joseph lived for most of his life in the Borough of Lambeth, mainly in Brixton.
By 1911 he was the joint owner of a chain of 6 butchers’ shops, all within a few miles of his home in Brixton. He later sold these to R. G. Hammett and became their district manager.
Such was his stature within the Company of Butchers that he was given the Freedom of the City of London on 17th April 1914.
Joseph’s was a member of Royal Jubilee Lodge for 42 years and made significant financial contributions over a number of years. His greatest visible legacy is the inner chain on the Worshipful Master’s collar which he donated to the lodge on 1st March 1909 in celebration of the first one hundred years and to coincide with his term as Worshipful Master.