Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1857 & 1869

Peter Hulme Edge (1810 - 1859)

 Peter Hulme Edge was a Surgeon who practiced in Salford and later lived in Davyhulme, Urmston, then Sale, Cheshire. Information about him is somewhat sketchy, as he didn't actually appear on a census record.


He was born in 1810 in Salford. Obviously his father was named Edge, and it is thought that his mother was named Hulme, as it is recorded in the Guardian of 28th May 1831 that Peter was the nephew to a Mr Hulme, who was also a Surgeon in Salford. This report was on the occasion, during Peter's education at London University, when Mr Hulme actually presented Peter with the silver medal for Midwifery and another silver medal for the Nature and Treatment of Diseases. The previous year he was awarded a silver medal for Materia and Pharmacy, out of a class of 140 students.


On 20th June 1832 Peter married Susannah Lea at St. John's Church, Deansgate, Manchester. Her parents were Caleb and Alice Lea. Susannah was born in 1815 in Chorlton-upon-Medlock, Manchester and was baptised on 5th June 1816. Their children were: Alice Susannah Hulme (born 1833 in Salford and married James Banning in 1868 at St Catherine's Church, Barton-upon-Irwell); Harriet (born 1835 in Salford, baptised in 1835 at Chapel Street Chapel, Salford and died in 1837 aged 2); Harriet (born 1837 in Salford, baptised at Manchester Cathedral and married Edward Walker in 1862 at St Mary's Church, Moss Side, Manchester); Caleb Lea (born 1838 in Salford, married Hannah Hulme in 1857 at Manchester Cathedral, then married Ellen Carter in 1887 in Bowdon, and died in 1911 at Bucklow, Cheshire); Peter Hulme (born 1840 in Salford and died 1864 in Davyhulme, Urmston aged 24); and Ada Lydia Lea (born 1853 in Salford and died 1864 in Davyhulme, aged 11 years and 4 months).


The Manchester Trade Directories show that in 1841, Peter was a Surgeon at 125 Chapel Street, Salford; in 1847 he was a Surgeon at 247 Chapel Street, Salford; in 1850 he was a surgeon at 245 Chapel Street, Salford and in 1853 he was in the partnership of Edge and Crosby at 245 Chapel Street, Salford. However, the Globe of 15th March 1854 records that the partnership of Peter Hulme Edge and William Crosby of Salford, Surgeons and Apothecaries, was dissolved.


The Manchester Times of 30th March 1844 records that Peter was a Deacon at Chapel Street Chapel, Salford, as he was listed with a great number of churches and chapels in Salford and Manchester that affirmed their support for the ending of slavery in USA, following the death of J L Brown in New Orleans. (This was during the time when Dr Massie was the Minister. He was very political and supported the Anti Corn Law movement. About 100 of the congregation objected to the politics and broke away to form the Richmond Church on land owned by Thomas Agnew at Richmond Hill).


Peter Hulme Edge died on 4th December 1859 and was buried in the Dissenters portion of Weaste Cemetery, aged 49. Peter's youngest daughter Ada Lydia Lea died on 10th December 1864 aged 11 years and 5 month, and his wife Susannah Edge died on 9th November 1872 aged 57, and was re-united with her husband and daughter.