Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1880 & 89

Hannah Phillips (1821 - 1887)

 Hannah Phillips was the proprietor of a private school in Rochdale, wife of a newspaper publisher and the mother of a Salford Councillor.


She was born Hannah Oldham in 1821 at Mottram-in-Longdendale, Cheshire, the daughter of Samuel and Ann (nee Shaw) Oldham. On 7th June 1840 she married John Phillips at Manchester Cathedral. John was born in 1817 at Hooley Hill, Audenshaw, Lancashire. They lived in Castleton, Rochdale, before moving to Salford. In 1881 they were living at 22, River Street, Pendlebury. For many years Hannah was a strong member of the Unitarian church.


Their children were Frank S. (born 1845 at Castleton, married Maria E Yates in 1868 in Manchester by Registrar and became a Salford Councillor), Augustus J (born 1849 at Castleton, who became a Civil Engineer and Surveyor, married Mary E. Yates in 1872 in Manchester by Registrar and moved to Croydon, Surrey) and Emily H. (born 1857 at Castleton and married Alfred A Knowles in 1879 in Salford by Registrar)


The Salford Reporter of 15th October 1887 records the death of Hannah Phillips which occurred on 10th October 1887, at her residence, 57, West Ashton Street, Eccles New Road, Salford, at the age of 66 years. "She was the widow of John Phillips who was for many years connected with the Unitarian Herald. In 1852, the late Mr Phillips published the Rochdale Sentinel, the first Liberal newspaper in the district and Mrs Phillips conducted a private school in Rochdale. After the Sentinel became extinct, Mr Phillips joined the staff of the Rochdale Observer, in which paper he took an interest for several years. Mrs Phillips' son, Cllr F.S. Phillips began his career on the Observer, but afterwards commenced in the paper hanging business he now successfully carries on at 93, Bridge Street, Manchester."


The funeral of Hannah Phillips took place on Friday 14th October when she was interred in square 32 of the Dissenters portion of Weaste Cemetery. The service was conducted by Rev A. Rushton.