Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1857 & 1869

Henry Pollard (1807 - 1869)

Henry Pollard was an Undertaker and a Past Provincial Grand Master (PPGM) of the Salford Oddfellows.


He died at Silk Street on 21st January 1869 at the age of 61. He was buried at Weaste Cemetery on 25th January in Plot B2 of the Dissenters portion, the service being conducted by Rev.A.H.Walker.


The Salford Chronicle of 30th January carried the following obituary. "On Monday last, the funeral took place of Mr Henry Pollard, PPGM of the *Manchester Unity of Oddfellows, Salford District and a member of the Good Samaritan Lodge. He was interred at the cemetery, Eccles New Road and was followed by a large number of friends and brother Oddfellows. By the kind permission of Mr Walker, the Registrar, the impressive funeral service of the Order was read over the body by PPGM Emanuel Howarth. Mr Pollard has been a most assiduous worker in the cause of Oddfellowship for nearly 44 years. He has passed through the respective offices of the Lodge on several occasions and about two years ago he was presented with a beautiful family bible in recognition of his valuable services".


Henry Pollard was a married man and his wife Margaret survived him by nearly 16 years. She died in December 1884 at the age of 77 years.


* Oddfellows. It would appear that Oddfellows Lodges started in London in 1736. The Manchester Unity of Oddfellows seems to have been started by Robert Naylor as a social and benevolent club. The first meeting was held at the Ropemakers Arms, Chapel Street, Salford in 1810. This Lodge, along with others, joined to form a burying society with a funeral fund in 1813. Such societies had been started by many public houses in the rapidly industrialising north of England. Oddfellows shared many of the ritual practices of Freemasonry.