Weaste Cemetery

Biographies of people buried between 1890 & 99

Richard Garside (1821 - 1899)

Richard Garside was a Cotton Waste Manufacturer (specialising in lamp wicks and sponges) at German Street Mills, George Lee Street, Ancoats. For years he lived in Salford, before retiring to The Oaks, Mobberley, Cheshire.

He was born in 1821 in Eccles. His father was Robert Garside (born 1791 in Eccles) who was a General Labourer and his mother was Ellen Garside (born 1791 in Eccles). In 1841 the family lived at Hope Street Salford. In 1847 Richard married Maria Woodall at Manchester Cathedral. Their children (all Registered at Regent Road, Salford): were Elizabeth (born 1847), Robert (born 1850), James (born 1852), Richard jnr (born 1856) and John William (born 1859). In 1851, the family resided in Cow Lane (off Oldfield Road), by 1861 they had moved to 5, Water Street, Salford and in 1871, they lived at Hodge Lane, Salford. On 3rd February 1881, Richard's wife Maria sadly died at her residence, Sunny House, Hodge Lane, Salford aged 57. In 1888 Richard jnr married Mary A Hazeltine at Oldham by Registrar. In 1887, the Manchester Courier reported that No. 108, George Leigh Street, currently occupied by Mr Richard Garside was to be sold. In 1891, Richard lived with his son Richard jnr at Wellington Road, Eccles. Richard jnr was aged 34, and a Cotton Waste Manufacturer. In 1898 Richard snr was on the electoral role in Mobberley, Cheshire.

Richard Garside and Sons Cotton Weaste Manufactory was at German Street Mills, George Lee Street (off Great Ancoats Street and near Oldham Road), Manchester, where they specialised in making lamp wicks and sponges. However, on Tuesday 22nd October 1889 a fire was discovered at 2 am in the warehouse. The Manchester City Fire Brigade arrived and directed a number of jets, but the fire had taken hold of the building and it was not extinguished until 7 pm. The building was completely gutted and it was estimated that the damage would amount to many thousands of pounds. The following year on 13th November 1890 the Manchester courier reported a "scuttling" incident in the Butler Street area, where a gang of eight youths attacked the coachman of Messrs Richard Garside and Sons, witnessed by Mr Richard Garside Jnr. On 6th December 1895 an advert in the Manchester Evening news said, To be let, two good workrooms in German Street. Apply Richard Garside, Elizabeth Street Mills, Butler Street, Manchester.

The 14th February 1899 Manchester Evening News, Deaths column reported, Garside, on the 12th inst. suddenly, Richard Garside of The Oaks, Mobberley, Cheshire, and Elizabeth Street Mills, Butler Street, Manchester, aged 78. Deeply Regretted. On the 16th February 1899 Richard was re-united with his wife Maria and family members in grave AA10/CE/2126 at Weaste Cemetery. Rev R.P.Willock officiated.

Richard jnr appeared on the electoral roll for Mobberley in 1909 and appears to have become a country gentleman with pedigree cattle, pigs, poultry and shire horses. He was a member of Mobberley Parish Council for fifteen years, including a term as its chairman; chairman of Mobberley Shire Horses Society, chairman of the Mobberley Flower Show; and president of the Mid Cheshire Show. He died in 1923 aged 66.