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Theo Walter Ellison's Glossop Dale Reminiscences.

Members of the Professions (published 22 March 1935).

The Parish Church being in Old Glossop, and the Parish being formerly a comprehensive area, many weddings were solemnised there, and so ample accommodation was necessary for the travellers and their equipages. Hence the number of licensed houses in proximity to provide the needful.

The Vicars I remember are the Rev J.D. Knowles and the Rev A.P. Hamilton Wilson. The Rev Christopher Howe, who died in 1849, had preceded them, and I remember Roland Howe and his two sisters, who lived at Ryefield House. Canon – afterwards Monsignor – Chas W. Tasker, who followed Canon Fauvel, was priest at All Saints’ R.C., and was transferred to St. Mary’s. The Rev C.B. Ward, father of eleven sons, was Vicar of Whitfield; Canon Hawkins and Canon Winder, St. Mary’s; Canon Baigent; Rev H. Lawrence, Dinting; Sadler, Littlemoor; Father Hickey and Canon (Monsignor) Sabela, priests at St Charles’ Hadfield; the Rev Joseph Hadfield, Vicar of St Andrew’s Hadfield.

The legal profession had very few representatives in Glossop in the old days, and legal affairs were attended to by lawyers in other districts, which involved travelling for some distance for business of that nature. Those were the days when my father was a well known advocate at Hyde and other courts, to which we went on horseback with his saddle bag, often full of briefs, and occasionally seized the opportunity for a run with the Ashton Harriers on returning. Other solicitors in former times were Edward Thompson and – Reddish, followed in later years by Chas. Davis, W.H. Phillips, J.W. Tweedale, J Marsden, F.W. Moran, F.G. Knowles, P.E. Ireland, C.J. Davis and G.H. Wilson.

The medical gentlemen were also not very numerous in my early days. In Glossop: Dr Howard, of Norfolk Street; Dr W. Hunt, of Cowbrook: Dr James Rhodes and his son, J.D. Rhodes; Dr W.H. Hunt, Norfolk Street; Dr D.J. Mackenzie; Dr Andrew. At Hadfield: Dr White and Dr Whelan. At Hollingworth: Dr Pomfret, Dr H. Wylde, and his son ‘Reggie’. There have been many additions and changes in the last quarter of a century.

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