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Wardle Family. Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
Posted by: j hough (ID *****1700) Date: April 01, 2003 at 11:02:32
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Arthur's Wardle's family left Macclesfield to eventually settle in Paterson, New Jersey, which is in Passiac County. The 1870 Passiac Census lists the following Wardle's:

I went into Macc library during my dinner hour to look at old maps of the Tytherington area. After enquiring at the information desk (upstairs) the lady directed me to the map drawers, to the right of the upstairs information desk (to the right of the desk when you face it). I could find a map from 1875 (Ordinance Survey Maps, Circ 1875, F22) that covered the town centre and Tytherington/Beech Lane area. On the map it had the words 'Higher Beech' which probably denoted a house, there was also a 'Lower Beech'.
Mayor's of Macclesfield:

1811-12 – Henry Wardle
1828-9 – Henry Wardle
1839-40 – Thomas Wardle
1849-50 – Henry Wardle

Macclesfield Courier & Stockport Express or Cheshire General Advertiser
Saturday April 29 1815

On Thursday evening, Henry Wardle, Esq, an Alderman of this borough, by his death his family and relatives have been deprived of a kind affectionate father and friend, and the community at large of a valuable member.

Town Councillors and Police Commissioners in Victorian Macclesfield L 2 MAC

Henry Wardle. Conservative. Elected capital burgess, 1828. Councillor, 1836 to 1849; alderman, 1849 to 1853. Mayor, 1829, 1849 (the only man to hold the office in both the old corporation and the new town council). Uninvolved in committee work until his mayoral year, after which he became active in Tolls, Shambles, Water and General Purposes. An occasional member of the Police Commission, 1838 to 1842. Anglican. Wardle was a prominent silk manufacturer, in partnership with his brother Thomas (qv). He was 52 in 1851.

Thomas Wardle. Conservative. Councillor 1837 to 1850. Alderman, 1850 (resigned, 1852). Chairman of the Water Committee throughout the period, he took the initiative of raising the petition which led to the General Board of Health inquiry into the sanitary state of Macclesfield in 1849, and is the Councillor most associated with the introduction of the 1852 Improvement Act. Also served briefly on Finance and General Purposes. Occasional member of the Police Commission. As Mayor, 1839, the first Conservative to hold the office under the new council, he revived the practice of attending Divine Worship at the Old Church, the Sunday after his election. A member of the Dispensary committee, he also chaired the first meeting to consider setting up an infirmary in 1860. Involved with the church association, and on the committee of the Society for Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church. A silk manufacturer, in partnership with his brother (qv), he died in March, 1869, aged 69.

WARDLE STORY: Sir Thomas and Lady Wardle- Ann Jacques 1996 ISBN 1 897949 17 0 £ 9.95

Leek, Staffordshire textile family - Wardle and Davenport

In the booklet 'The Pubs and Breweries of Macclesfield' it mentions:

In 1845 Thomas Wildgoose fought to prevent the house next door being licensed. Owned by Henry Wardle, partner in the silk firm of of Tunnicliffe & Wardle and an ex-mayor of Macclesfield, this house had a spacious courtyard, stables, a coach house and a flower garden extending as far back as Duke Street.

Mr Wardle applied to transfer the license of the Royal Oak, Temple Bar, which he has just bought, to Mill Street. He had already fitted out the premises as a spirit vault, perhaps a little optimistically when the license had not yet been granted. But then he did have one point in his favour - he was one of the licensing justices. Surprisingly, the other justices at first sided with Mr Wildgoose of the 80 Vaults, who pointed out that some years earlier Mr Wardle had objected to a similar proposal higher up the street. Wardle's influence was obviuosly far reaching and after some deliberation the justices granted the license. The house was duly opened as a 'gin palace' under the name of the Royal Oak Wine and Spirit Vaults, with Mr Cox as manager. There was much ill feeling between the respective tenants, who even went so far as to attack each other in newspaper ads.

The Royal Oak may not have been the success as Mr Wardle and Mr Cox had expected. Just over a year after it opened, Mr Cox had left and a William Hampson moved his plumbing and glazing business from Chestergate to Mill Street. He took over the tenancy of the pub, and was responsible for its new name, the 100 vaults.
Pigot & Co's Directory of Cheshire:
Chemists & Druggists - Wardle George and Co, Mill Lane, Sutton
Silk Dyers - Wardle John, Waters Green
Silk Manufacturers - Wardle Henry and Thomas, Park Lane
Silk Throwsters - Wardle Samuel, Statham Street

'Troubled Times: Macclesfield 1790 - 1870'
'In September 1835, inside weavers at Thomas Wardle's factory left their looms, on which they were paying between 5s. and 6s, and went on strike. They returned only after some struggle to get Wardle's to accept the 4s. demanded by other manufacturers.

The Macclesfield Courier & Herald. Volume LVII. No. 2995
Saturday August 13 1864. Under 'Deaths' it states:
'On the 1st inst SUSANNAH, relict of the late HENRY WARDLE, Esq of Park Mount, aged 67.

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