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Theo Walter Ellison's Glossop Dale Reminiscences.


Other Municipal Notabilities (published 22 February 1935).

Having described with some particular detail the principal families to which the Municipality has been indebted by reason either of their contributions to the general upbuilding, development, and welfare of the Borough and its inhabitants, or their munificent gifts. It is now appropriate I should record the names of others who have given of their best by way of service for the benefit of the community, and review with brevity a few of our prominent Townsmen who have joined in the good work.

FREDERICK BUCKLEY, of the Hurst Mills, Glossop, was one of the first Councillors for All Saints’ Ward; a man of pleasant manners, a Justice of the Peace for the Borough, who now and again cleverly sketched a witness during a long examination; the Goddess of Commerce was not kind to him, and the mills passed in 1887 to James Rowbottom, of Charlesworth, and are now owned by James Rowbottom Ltd.

JAMES ROWBOTTOM and GEORGE ROWBOTTOM were both Justices for Derbyshire and attended the Glossop Courts; also Members of the Glossop Board of Guardians and Rural District Council; as also James Henry Rowbottom, the present Managing Director.

SAMUEL ROWBOTTOM, owner of the Meadow Mills, Old Glossop, and the Silk Mill (now demolished) was a member of the Town Council for many years; Mayor for three years, 1876-1879; Chairman of the Highways Committee, and a Justice for the Borough; a very outspoken man, thoroughly earnest and enthusiastic in Municipal work and an ardent economist. Economy was much practised in those days!!

JOSEPH MIDDLETON STAFFORD was one of the first Aldermen for St. James’ Ward; Mayor for three years, 1870-73, came from Mellor, was a Cotton Waste Dealer at Arundel Mills, Edward Street, Glossop; a Cotton Spinner at Charlesworth; Manager of Botany Mills, Broadbottom, and interested in other works; and a Justice for the Borough.

WM. DAWSON, Painter and Decorator, of Hadfield, a member of the Council for the Hadfield Ward, became Alderman, thrice Mayor 1885-86 and 1889-91; and a Justice for the Borough.

The following were the other Mayors down to the date of my ceasing to be the Town Clerk :-
John Hadfield 1888-89
Edward Woolley (a well known Butcher of High St. West) 1893-95
John Barnes (from March) 1897-98
William Holdgate 1904-05
Thomas Braddock 1905-06
(whose ancestors, John and James Braddock were the lessees of Braddocks, Mills in 1818)
Alfred Garside 1906-07
Henry Hadfield 1908-09
Brook Furniss 1909-10
James Malkin 1910-11
Francis Gordon Knowles 1911-12
William White 1912-13

These reminiscences are not intended so far as they relate to Municipal matters to extend beyond 1919, but I may as well add the names of the Mayors since that year.
Sam Bamforth 1919-23
William Newton 1923-25
William Jackson 1925-26
Joseph Edwin Buckley 1926-27
Richard Sellers 1927-28
Joseph Dempsey Doyle 1928-29
Arthur Mellor 1929-30
Herbert Lee Roebuck 1930-31
George Platt 1931-32
Robert John Boak 1932-33
William Dennis 1933-34
Thomas Farnsworth 1934-35

The present two senior Aldermen of the Council, George Wharmby and John Platt, have been members of the Council for thirty-one years respectively. Alderman John Platt has now the distinction by reason of the longest service of being named ‘the Father of the Council’, and both have been content to continue their Aldermanic labours for the benefit of the inhabitants, and modestly declined the proffered palm for the supreme position of first citizenship of the Borough.

Amongst those who have not passed the Chair may be recalled Cyrus Garside, the founder of the Timber Works in Surrey Street, and father of Alfred Garside, who became Mayor, was conspicuous in many controversies in the Council Chamber. Councillor James Sargentson and Wm. Sargentson, owners of the works in Hadfield and Padfield, Councillors Greaves and Martin, and Alderman Whelan (whose forceful prominence in many debates lapsed into quiescence when appointed Chairman of an important Committee). Thomas Hampson, of Highfield House (an expert in paving roads), T.P. Hunter, Alfred Leech, Tom Swire, T.S. Bowden, Tom Eastham (whose ancestor, George Eastham was a first Councillor, and who is now K.C. and Recorder of Oldham) and Major R.B. Sidebottom (son in law of the late Lord Doverdale, and a Justice for Derbyshire) and Alderman W.H. Bowden.

On the borders of the Borough, in Cheshire, were the Printworks in 1866 founded and carried on by the Daltons, eventually sold to J.A Gartside, who transformed them into the River Etherow Bleachworks, not the property of the Bleachers Association Ltd, and which provide employment for many operatives in the Borough.

TO FOLLOW: Some account of work accomplished, 1866-1919; The Golden Jubilee of Glossop Corporation 1916; The Centenary of Municipal Local Government this year.


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