Glossop Heritage Trust

Theo Walter Ellison's Glossop Dale Reminiscences.

Glossop Corporation Golden Jubilee and the Centenary of Local Government, A suggestion (published 1 March 1935).

The Golden Jubilee of the Glossop Corporation matured in October, 1916, in the midst of the Great War and could not, therefore, be then appropriately celebrated. The Peace Celebrations in 1919 were a more welcome substitute.

This year is the Centenary of Municipal Local Government – the first Municipal Corporations Act being passed in 1835, and an intention to celebrate the event has been announced. Some official intimation on the subject may be given by the Association of Municipal Corporations.

We have Burgess Rolls and Registers of Electors, a Roll of Honorary Freemen, and a Roll of Men who served in His Majesty’s Forces, but we have no complete Roll of those who have served in Municipal Government. Such a Roll might be readily compiled by the officials from the minute Books, Muniments and Records of the Corporation and of the Borough Justices and suitably bound and entitled a ‘Roll of Civic Service’. With this might be associated a complete List, duly verified, of the Corporation Properties, whether acquired by purchase or gift, with a brief description of each, the cost amount and endowments, and the present values. If so thought fit, a list of the mills and principal places of Employment, and Churches and Chapels, which have never failed to respond to appeals by the Council for assistance in charitable and other matters could be usefully recorded. I make this suggestion.

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