Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1900 & 09

Alfred Burgon (1847 - 1900)

Alfred Burgon was a Tea Dealer and Grocer in Salford and Manchester. However, in 1882 he was caught up in proceedings for liquidation. He was a bachelor all his life.

He was born on 19th March 1847 in the Regent Road area of Salford. His parents were Benjamin Longan Burgon (born 1815 in Hope, Derbyshire) who was a Tea Dealer and Grocer in Oxford Road, Manchester, and Sarah (nee Richardson) Burgon (born 1809 in Sheffield, Yorkshire), who were married in 1842 at Manchester Collegiate Church, (later Manchester Cathedral).

In 1851 the family lived at Oxford Street, Manchester, where Alfred was 4-years-old with older siblings Mary (born 1843 in Manchester) aged 8 and Frederick (born 1845) aged 6. In 1861 the family's address was 88A, 90, 88 Chester Road, Hulme. Benjamin was aged 46 and a Tea Dealer, Sarah was aged 53, Frederick was aged 16 and Alfred was aged 14. In 1868 Alfred's brother Frederick married Fanny Haywood Harrop at Manchester Cathedral. In 1870 Alfred's sister Mary married William Chambers at Manchester Cathedral.

The census of 1871 shows that Alfred Burgon, aged 24, was the Head at Chester Road, Hulme, Manchester. Also in the house was Maria Adams, his Aunt aged 64, born in Yorkshire. In 1881, at 90 Chester Road, Hulme, Alfred was aged 34, still single and a Tea Dealer. Also in the house was Fanny Burgon (widow of his brother Frederick who died in 1877), aged 32 and born in Sheffield. (Fanny was later to marry Johnson Ellis in 1885, in Salford). In 1891, Alfred's address was Robert Hall Street, Salford. He was aged 44, single and a Grocer.

Alfred's tea and grocery business appeared to flourish, as advertisements for staff in the Manchester Guardian read; (25th June 1877) Family grocer at 90 Chester Road has vacancy for junior; (19th November 1880) Grocery – wanted immediately, a smart, active Assistant, well used to Manchester Trade; and (13th October 1881) Grocery – wanted, smart, active Assistant, well used to butter counter. However, on 24th June 1882, the Manchester Courier reports proceedings for Liquidation instituted by Alfred Burgon, residing at lodgings at 50 Hulton Street Salford, formerly residing and carrying on business at numbers 352 and 97 Regent Road, Salford and at 90 Chester Road, Manchester as a Tea Dealer and Grocer, and also carrying on the same business at 97 Greengate, Salford and 103 Phoebe Street Salford.

On 1st May 1900, Alfred Burgon died at his home in Phoebe Street Salford, aged 53 and was buried in A4/DISS/30 at Weaste Cemetery. The inscription reads "My presence shall go with thee and I will give thee rest." The following year, on 1st May 1901, the In Memoriam section of the Manchester Evening News says "BURGON – In loving memory of Alfred Burgon of 103 Phoebe Street, Salford, who after long suffering entered into eternal rest 1st May 1900."

On 2nd February 1927, Fanny Haywood Ellis (Alfred's former sister-in-law) died and was buried in Alfred's grave at Weaste Cemetery.