Map of Flowery Field where the Howarths settles
showing Throstle Bank Mill later managed by Hugh
Like the Walkers
, the Howarths came to Hyde
from Bolton in the mid-1830s as a complete family unit.
Why they did so and whether they knew the Walkers in their
previous life is a matter of conjecture, but like their
fellow Boltonians, they settled in the Flowery Field area,
north of Hyde, and went on to make a contribution to the
industrial and public service life in the town.
Assuming that the IGI
can relied upon, Samuel
was the fifth child of Robert
and Mary Nettleton
who married at St Peter's, Bolton in 1787. I have included
earlier relatives, but these are IGI based rather than
on sure and certain knowledge.
Samuel was in
his mid-20s when he married Margaret
Flitcroft in 1826. The couple had five children in
Bolton between 1821 and 1832, but their sixth child, John,
was born in Hyde about 1835. The assumption is that the
move from Bolton was due to economic reasons. Samuel
was a cotton weaver and sizer until his death in 1879
and he was followed into the industry by his children.
(I also believe that Samuel's youngest brother, Joseph,
also moved to Hyde. Read more
His eldest child, Mary,
married Robert Walker
at Manchester Cathedral in 1847 when they were living
in Ardwick. Their story can be followed in more detail
via the Walker home page.
Second eldest was Ellen Howarth
who married James Gledhill,
originally from Slaithwaite, but only after giving birth
to an illegitimate daughter, Jane.
She eventually took her adoptive father's name, but only
in her teens judging from her census returns. As far as
I am aware, Jane never married.
Ellen and James
had a further six children who remained in the Hyde area.
eldest son was Robert Howarth
and it was he who began to leave the family's mark on the
town. He became manager of Throstle Bank Mill, one of the
largest cotton mills in Hyde, let alone Newton. It was built
in 1869 by Thomas Ashton, of Ashton
fame and it seems that Robert
was its manager from its opening until the 1890s.
The other project that Robert
shared with Thomas Ashton was Flowery Field Church. According
, the latter was largely responsible for its
creation, while Robert
an active part as honorary secretary and was one of the
four people to sign the dedication below on behalf of the
He was connected with its Sunday School for 40 years, was
superintendent for another thirty and secretary for over
20 years. He was a trustee of the church at the time of
in 1901. He was
also prominent in the Independent
Order of Oddfellows
holding the positions of secretary
married local girl,
, at Stockport St
Mary's in 1850 and they had four children. Their youngest,
Alice Owens Howarth
in 1888, but
she had died before that year was out.
The dedication at Flowery Field
Church signed by Robert Howarth
eldest was Hugh Howarth
his father;s involvement in business and the church. He
was educated at Flowery Field Day School and taught at the
Sunday School for some years. He went to work at Throstle
Bank Mill to learn the business and rose to become manager
of the weaving department at Slack Mills. He left to become
cashier at Messrs John Cheetham and Sons hat manufacturers
where he remained until 1897 when he set-up his own accountantcy
and estate agency at Beeley
was also involved in politics
and supported the Liberal cause. He was a committee member
of the Hyde Reform Club and was secretary for eight years.
His other great passion was rose-growing.
The baptism bowl used at Flowery
Field from 1863
married Mary Thorpe of Hyde
by civil marriage in 1879, but he was quickly widowed, leaving
him with a daughter, Jane
remained with first her grandparents and then her uncle,
, rather than living
. However, she and her
husband, William Lee
, were remembered
in her father's will
then married Alice
, originally of Dukinfield, and they had four
children, although Ben
1892 aged three. I have only really been able to trace his
eldest son forward in time. John
married Annie Beswick
and appears to be following in his father's footsteps in
the 1911 census
as a clerk for a carting contractor. The youngest child,
in January 1916 aged 22.
The Greyhound Hotel today
other son, Joseph
married Mary Ann Entwistle
of Dukinfield in 1884, but she died in 1887 apparently
a widower for many years and in 1901 was living with his
. Like the rest
of his family, he worked in the cotton industry, but in
1905 he married Charlotte Maiden
and by the 1911 census
he was landlord of the Greyhound
Lower Bents Lane, Bredbury. According to the
trade directories, he took over the licence some time
between 1902 and 1906. This Robinson's
pub still exists today, not far from where I live. Joseph
died in Bredbury in 1934.
Returning to Samuel Howarth
of his other descendants I shall just pick out a few highlights.
of Cadishead, indeed I found some references to his family
in my copy of the Hollinfare Chapel registers originally
bought for my Molesdale
research. Their granddaughter, Gertrude
married twice, first to Allen
, a school master from Blackburn.
of their wedding
from the North Cheshire Herald gives
little away, but by 1911
he was a head teacher at Cherry Tree Darwen and they had
a son, Robert Allen
died in 1912 aged 38 and Gertrude
returned to Hyde and remarried in 1915 to fruiterer, James
. It isn't clear whether son Robert
was part of the package.
married Elizabeth Taylor
1860. By the 1861 census
they had a two month old daughter, Fanny
but both mother and child appear to have died soon after,
the former in 1862 and the latter in 1865. Of John
there is no sign beyond this time, although there is a
John Howarth born Stockport and living in Bury with his
wife Alice who might be a good candidate.
Finally, another mystery. Samuel's
youngest daughter, Sarah
remained in the family home and unmarried into her 30s
, she was still
unmarried and working as housekeeper for one Henry Ligo
and family at 10
, Hyde. By 1891, the only Sarah Howarth
who fits the bill is living with her seven year old son,
, at Post Street. This
Sarah claims to be a widow, but I have a sneaking suspicion
that she was fibbing!