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Howard Park, Wood's Baths and Wood's Hospital.

The Following notes were written by Robert Hamnett, used in lectures he gave on the History of Glossop, and published in the local newspaper until he died in 1914.

He [Samuel Wood] married in 1869, Anne Kershaw, the third daughter of William Sidebottom, Esq., J.P., and sister to Emma, the wife of John Hill Wood. During their married life they spent large sums of money in charitable objects, and jointly provided Glossop with Public Baths and Park at a cost of over 15,000; Lord Howard giving over 12 acres of land for the park.

For nearly 50 years no other public buildings were erected until the late Mr. Herbert Rhodes offered a sum of 2,000 towards a free library. Shortly afterwards the late Mr. Daniel Wood, Mr. Samuel Wood, and Mrs. Wood announced their intention to provide a hospital, baths and Park. Capt. E. Partington also agreed to assist in providing the Public Library, Reading Room, and Hall, and this was followed by Lord Howard offering the land for the Park. The proceedings in connection with the foundation stones laying were of an interesting character, and the 30th July, 1887, was a red letter day in the annals of Glossop. At 1.30 p.m. the procession started from the Town Hall in the following order; The Glossop Detachment of the 4th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers, under the command of Major W. Sidebottom, M.P., Capt. J. Wood, Surgeon Major Burnett, and the Chaplain, Rev. C.B. Ward, M.A.; then came the Chief Constable (Mr W.H. Hodgson) followed by 26 carriages containing members of the Town Council and Board of Guardians.
In the first carriage was the Mayor, James Sidebottom, J.P., the Mayoress, the Town Clerk (T.M. Ellison) and the Vicar of Glossop, Rev J.D. Knowles, M.A., The Friendly Societies followed, the order of the procession having been balloted for; Grand United Order of Oddfellows; Sons of Temperance; Ancient Order of Shepherds; Independent Order of Oddfellows; M.U., Loyal Orange Society, Foresters and Freemasons. All these societies wore their sashes, orders, emblems, and carried their banners; truly it was a brave show, never equalled before or since.

Howard Park entrance Arriving at the Park the first portion of the proceedings was the laying of the foundation stone of the Hospital by the Mayor, Councillor W. Dawson, the Deputy Mayor having presented him with a silver trowel and mallet for the occasion. The stone was inscribed; "The first stone of this hospital, the gift of Mr. Daniel Wood, was laid July 30th 1887, by James Sidebottom, Mayor." The stone being well and truly laid, the Mayor addressed the assembly, and told them the reasons why Mr. Daniel Wood had been induced to give the hospital. Howard Park entrance

The Town Clerk then read the following address which was afterwards presented to Mr Wood:
"To Daniel Wood, Esq., The inhabitants of the Borough of Glossop desire most sincerely to express their appreciation of your noble and munificent gift made for the benefit of themselves and posterity in founding and endowing a hospital for the Borough of Glossop, to be hereafter known as "Wood's Hospital". They deeply feel that their recognition is surpassed by the gratification that must arise to your own mind from the thought that your good work will afford succour to the afflicted, a refuge in the hour of sickness, and an alleviation of the pain of humanity. May the thankfulness and blessing of those who in future years reap the inestimable benefits of this noble institution be the reward of your charity and liberality, and may all happiness attend your future life. On behalf of the inhabitants of the Borough of Glossop, on the 30th day of July, one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven. Signed JAMES SIDEBOTTOM, Mayor"

Howard Park, Rustic Bridge Howard Park, Rockery & waterfall ca 1929 Glossop from Howard Park

The company then moved to another portion of the park and Mr. A. Walker presented Major Sidebottom with a silver spade, with which he planted a Horse Chestnut sapling to commemorate the gift of the land by Lord Howard, who was unable to be present owing to recent domestic affliction. The Town Clerk read the address, which was afterwards presented:
"To the Right Hon. Francis Edward Fitzalan Lord Howard, Baron Howard of Glossop. The inhabitants of Glossop express to your lordship their sincere thanks for the appropriation by you of land on your estate in aid if the institutions founded and works erected by generous donors in this year of the Queen's Jubilee for the future benefit and enjoyment of the residents of this Borough. The free and ready bestowal by you of land for the charitable purpose of Wood's Hospital, for the recreative enjoyment to be derived from the new Park, for the physical advantage to be obtained from the Public Baths, and for a Library and Hall for mental culture and entertainment, are evidences of the interest you take in the Borough and in the welfare and happiness of its residents.
May all happiness which this world affords be yours in you future life. On behalf of the inhabitants of the Borough of Glossop this 30th day of July, 1887."

Howard Park ca 1902 Howard Park, The central lawn Howard Park Lions

Another move was made by the company, and Mr. W. Pilkington presented a silver spade to Master S.H. Wood, who planted a young beech tree. Master Wood, in his remarks said: "The tree and himself were in some points alike. They were both young, they were both Wood, and they both wished to grow."

The Town Clerk read the following address:
"To Samuel Wood, J.P. The inhabitants of Glossop at this festivity in honour of the Queen's Jubilee, having the pleasure of presenting to Mr. Samuel Wood the trowel wherewith to lay the foundation stone of Public Baths, and of providing for the son who bears your name the spade with which he plants a commemorative tree in the new Park, cannot refrain from expressing their thanks for the benefits which you and Mrs. Wood are seeking to confer, and their full estimation of the generosity and kind feeling which have prompted the erection of Public Baths and the formation of the Park. It is well remembered that your father and the father of the lady who participates in your grand work were the foremost amongst those who caused the expansion and development of this district, and your fellow townsmen behold with gratification the son and daughter engaged in the improvement and adornment of that town which the energies of their fathers so far tended to create. Seeking to impart happiness in others, may you reap the reward to which you are entitled, and may the protection of Providence overshadow your house. On behalf of the inhabitants of the Borough of Glossop. on the 30th day of July, 1887. JAMES SIDEBOTTOM, Mayor."
Mrs. Wood said she would have great pleasure in handing the address to her husband, who was unable through sickness to be present.

Howard Park, Woods Memorial Howard Park greenhouse Howard Park waterfall, 1927

The company then moved to the site of the Baths, where W.S. Rhodes, J.P. presented Mrs. Wood with a mallet, trowel and plummet, and she then proceeded to lay the stone, and afterwards addressed the company. The band played the National Anthem, which concluded the ceremony in the Park.
All the trowels, spades, etc., were suitably engraved, and were paid for by public subscription.
The procession was then reformed, and proceeded to Talbot Street, where large crowds of spectators had congregated, it being the first Masonic ceremonial of its kind in the Borough.
Presentations to Mr. H. Rhodes and Captain Partington. The Mayor presented Mr. H. Rhodes with a silver trowel and mallet. Major Sidebottom presented similar articles to Captain Partington, and two stones were laid by them. The ceremony was a most impressive one, there being a large number of Masons present from all parts, many being Provincial Officers, and every part of the proceedings was carried out with due solemnity and pious thankfulness. The various Societies then dispersed to their lodges.
At six o'clock the Mayor gave a grand banquet in the Town Hall. After dinner the "Healths of the various Donors" were proposed and duly responded to. About 30 speeches were made, and it is a pity that a full report that appeared in the local newspapers was not printed in pamphlet form as a souvenir of the auspicious event.

Woods Hospital, Howard Park

Wood's Hospital was opened without any ceremony on Monday, January 21st 1889. The building of the Hospital cost 6,986 11s. 10d., and the furnishing 699 19s. 9d.; surgical implements, 79 4s. 9d. Towards this Daniel Wood subscribed 6,000; John Wood, 1,000; Mrs. Anne Kershaw Wood, 599 17s. 1d.; James Sidebottom, paid for the surgical implements. Since 1892 John Wood has annually contributed 100 and Mrs. Anne Kershaw Wood 50.
Daniel Wood endowed the Hospital with 19,000 invested in Railway Debenture Bonds - Great Western, 6,352 10s.; North Eastern, 1,847 10s.; and Lancashire and Yorkshire, 10,800.
In 1894 Ruth Plant left 78 0s. 3d., and in 1905 Cephas Ernill's legacy of 1,000 was paid. Hospital Saturday and Sunday collections have realised :- 1895 29 7s.; 1903, 74 3s. 6d.; 1905, 143 15s. 11d,; 1907, 125 12s. 11d.; 1908, 114 8s. 2d.; 1909,112 11s. 1d.; 1910, 100 12s. 9d. Glossop Wheelers Cycle parades :- 1897, 25 17s. 3d.; 1899, 53 13s. 2d.; 1900, 51 12s. 5d.; 1901, 46. The football match February 21st 1899, between the Licensed Victuallers and Butchers realised 115 7s. 9d. Cricket Match, August 27th 1901, Butchers v. Police, 46. 1905, half proceeds of Electrical Exhibition, 40. The Hospital is valued at 26,047 9s. 2d.

Woods Hospital, Howard Park
Woods Baths, Howard Park Woods Baths, Howard Park Woods Baths, Howard Park
Workers at Woods Baths in Howard Park The Baths were opened on Monday, February 4th, 1889 without any ceremony. The baths were erected at the south-west corner of the Park, and comprise swimming bath, private baths for both sexes, and a set of Turkish baths. The main entrances face the Park. Passing on each side of a cashier's office - the males to the right and the females to the left - convenient waiting rooms are reached. From these the private baths and the swimming bath are approached by separate doors. The swimming bath is a magnificent apartment, 100 feet long by 48.5 feet wide, and 42 feet high. The roof, semicircular in shape, is carried by curved iron principals, resting on the side walls. Workers at Woods Baths in Howard Park

The wall on the east side is pierced by a range of arches and columns, enclosing a sort of side aisle, in which are the dressing boxes, 28 in number, surmounted by a gallery, from which swimming contests may be witnessed. The bath itself is 80 feet long, and 32 feet broad, 3 feet deep at one end and 6 feet 6 inches at the other, formed of solid cement concrete and lined with Minton's white glazed tiles. There are four private baths for each sex, with separate dressing rooms, the latter capable of being turned into bathrooms if the demand should necessitate it; vapour baths, and a fine range of Turkish baths, with hot room, three cooling rooms, and shampooing room. The whole of the internal surfaces of the walls of the bath building have a glazed brick dado 5 feet high above which stock brick in pleasing design is used. The lighting is mainly by clerestory windows, and by very large mullioned windows at the ends, and in the transepts. In the rear is a boiler house, with pumping machinery and arrangements for heating, also a wash house and drying room. The buildings externally are of Italian character, faced with stone, and roofed with greenish slate. A prominent feature visible far down the valley is the ventilating tower, some 9 feet square at the base, and 100 feet high, for conveying away both the smoke from the boiler and the vapour from the baths. Great care has been taken in the design of this tower to secure an elegant outline in its general mass and shape.
In 1896 the Baths and Howard Park were conveyed to the Corporation.

From the section on the Cheshire Regiment 4th [Volunteer] Battalion , Glossop Detachment in which Hamnett was an NCO
When the foundation stones were laid of Wood's Hospital, Baths, and Victoria Hall, the Jubilee gifts, on Saturday, July 30th [ this was in 1887] we took a prominent part in the proceedings, forming three sides of a square whilst the ceremonies were being performed.

Further research undertaken since this page was created on 13 February 2010 has established that the photo on the right was taken at the Partington Coronation Fete on 22nd June 1911 and the soldiers are described as "The Glossop Company of the Cheshire Regiment, Territorial Detachment."

Glossop 4th Battalion Volunteers

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