John Corbett was born on June 12th 1817 in Brierley Hill, Staffordshire to Joseph and Hannah Corbett. His father was a canal boatman at the Delph beside the Dudley Canal. John also became a very experienced boatman through the family business. At the age of 29, following an apprenticeship, he became a fully qualified engineer. He began his tremendous involvement and commitment to the manufacture of salt at Stoke Works in 1854. John Corbett was a much respected philanthropist and the whole area of Stoke Works and Droitwich Spa benefited greatly by his generosity.
The John Corbett Way is funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund