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Theo Walter Ellison's Glossop Dale Reminiscences.


The Wood Family (published 25 January 1935).

To present in a brief space such a record as will do full justice to the meritorious work associated with the commercial, civil, religious and social life in Glossop Dale by members of the twin families of Wood and Sidebottom is well nigh an impossible task.

John Wood, the founder of the Howardtown Mills, came to Glossop about the beginning of the last century, and died 8th November 1854, aged 69, leaving three sons, John, Daniel and Samuel, who successfully developed the business and by extensions, made those mills the largest cotton mills in Glossop, and eventually formed the Company ‘John Wood and Bros. Ltd,’, by whom the business was carried on until the shares were sold and a new Company formed in 1920. Daniel, whose full name was Daniel Haigh Wood, was a bachelor, and was one of our first Aldermen, but is not enrolled amongst the Mayors of Glossop. He built Moorfield in 1861, and resided there until his death on 7th February 1888. I well remember seeing him on occasions as he was driven to and from All Saints’ Parish Church in his own smart hansom cab, and he used to ride down from Moorfield to the mills on a steel grey cob, which could oft be seen tethered in front of the mills awaiting the time to take its owner back to Moorfield. He founded the ‘Woods Hospital’ during the Mayoralty of his brother in law, Jack Sidebottom, in 1887, and this formed part of the splendid gifts to the Municipality in commemoration of H.M. Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, and which will receive a special notice in my reminiscences of James Sidebottom’s Mayoralty.

Samuel Wood was the Mayor for two years 1874-76. He married Anne Kershaw Sidebottom (sister of William and James Sidebottom) and resided at Talbot House, Glossop, held under lease from Lord Howard. I remember seeing him at the Council meetings, for a year or two, when he was in advanced years. After the death of Daniel Wood, Mrs A.K. Wood took up her residence at Moorfield.

Sir Samuel Hill-Wood, Bart., the only son of Samuel and Anne Kershaw Wood, born at Talbot House, was a member of the Council and Mayor for four years – 1898-1902. He was also Deputy Lieutenant for Derbyshire, Justice of the Peace for the County and Borough, Lt. Col. of the 6th Cheshire Regiment, the Member of Parliament for the High Peak Division from 1910 to May 1929, when he resigned. A baronetcy was conferred on him in 1921. He obtained a great reputation in the world of sport, winning important horse races, his best animal being the great Irish jumper ‘The Duffery’. Twice won the Waterloo Cup with his famous dogs, ‘Heavy Weapon’ and ‘Hung Well’, and was a generous and ardent supporter of the Glossop and Derbyshire County Cricket Clubs, being captain of both the County and Glossop sides. He was also the mainstay of the Glossop Association Football Club on the demise of the old Rugby Football Club, and is at present chairman of the famous Arsenal F.C.

Mrs Anne Kershaw Wood occupied a prominent position in political, religious and social activities, and was associated with the munificent gifts (to be mentioned later) in the 1887 jubilee year, She was made Honorary Freeman of the Borough in October 1910, on which occasion the members of the Council were entertained to a memorable banquet at Moorfield, the kindness and courtesy of the hostess and her son, Sir Samuel, and her brother, the late Col. William Sidebottom, adding to the enjoyment of the festivity. Her life, full of useful activities, was ended by her death, amid universal regret in March 1914. The interment was attended by members of the Council and Corporation officials, and representatives of numerous bodies.

Sir John Wood, Bart., though not seeking election to the Council, was a County Justice (1897), a Director of John Woods and Bros. Ltd., took an active and practical interest in the Volunteers and Territorials, and was Member of Parliament for Stalybridge,1910-15. He now resides at Hengrave Hall, Bury St. Edmunds. He was given a baronetcy in 1918.

To follow: The Sidebottom family, Shepley, Partington, Rhodes, Platt and others. Municipal Administration, and Corporate Possessions.


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