The Big Houses Of The Heatons: Parrs House – Part Five: James Reddish

The Reddish family hailed from Mottram In Longendale. Edward Reddish, the father was a corn dealer¹.

Mottram 1795, James Aiken, Thirty Miles Around Manchester

Edward was born in 1755 in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, and by 1782 he had moved to Mottram where he took up as a baker. That year he married Esther Chadwick, a Mottram girl. He was successful in his trade and moved to Stockport to become a corn dealer at number 40, The Market Place. He died on 3 December 1823, at his home there, and was buried 3 days later at St Mary, Stockport. Esther moved to Heaton Norris where she died on 15 August 1828.

Edward and Esther’s first four children only survived until the age of 2 years. Joseph Reddish (1793-1835) took over his father’s business on the Market Place. He had a child, Elizabeth Davies, to whom he left all his possessions (£1500 in 1835 – a substantial amount – over £190,000 in 2020), as his natural daughter, which suggests she was born out of wedlock, or via a clandestine relationship.

There was an Frances (Fanny) Hargreaves who married Linch Davies, a millwright in 1824. They subsequently moved to Newbridge Lane in Stockport, and baptised a daughter, Elizabeth in 1826. Whether these are the same people is lost in history, but the closeness of the professions may be an indicator.

Initially Linch and Frances stayed in Stockport, living on Reddish Lane in 1841, with Elizabeth, but then after a spell as millwright and iron founder in Heaton Norris moved to Liverpool around 1844, and in 1851 he was a millwright manager, having fathered at least eleven other children, which appear to be his. Elizabeth is nowhere to be seen. He moved back to Stockport, living in Coronation Street, Reddish, where he died on 24 August 1874 at the age of 85, and was buried at Tiviot Dale Methodist Church.

During the mill strikes of 1829 Joseph Reddish signed a public declaration to support the striking workers, asking the shopkeepers of Liverpool to help fund them in their time of need, a wise move, as those same shopkeepers’ income was under threat if nobody could afford to buy their wares. Joseph moved to Sale Moor where he died in 1835.

James Reddish was born on 17 December 1796 and also took up his father’s trade in the Marketplace. In April 1829 he married Jane Heaword at St Mary in Stockport. Jane’s father was a cotton manufacturer and this marriage raised his status, as by 1830 he is describing himself as a Gentleman, although still resident on the marketplace. In 1830 he became mayor of Stockport and a couple of years later he is living at Parr’s House, where he died on 25 October 1832.

James and Jane had one son, Edward, who was born on 10 April 1830. We shall meet Edward and Jane again in our next story, so leave them for now.

Edward and Esther’s last child was a daughter, Ann, born on 7 October 1799 on the marketplace. She married Thomas Cooper, a grocer, and they lived at Mile End Cottage near Mile End Hall in Bramhall, as it was then. She died in January 1879, at the advanced age of 79.

¹ Interestingly there is another family of Reddishes in Mottram at the same time, some in the corn trade. John Reddish married Arminal Middleton, and they were depicted in a stained glass window in St Michael & All Angels gifted by one of their sons, Joshua.

I can’t find a direct connection between the families, except for name, location and trade, and also a migration to Stockport. But I do like the story below, it is Heatons related, and it bears repeating.

A son of this other Reddish clan son, Edward (1784-1850) became a leading attorney at law, practising from chambers on Lower Hillgate and Little Underbank in Stockport. In 1844 he along with William Vaughan of Lingard and Vaughan defended John Kenyon Winterbottom a solicitor and town clerk who in 1839 cashed a fraudulent bill of exchange via John Stanway Jackson to the value of £5,000 and absconded, after which other “acts of plunder” were discovered. It transpires he had been using client monies to fund his failed investment schemes.

He was eventually found destitute in September 1844 in Liverpool and was transported to Tasmania via Millbank prison in Woolwich, where reasonably good behaviour obtained him a ticket to leave (he once got drunk and stole a hat, but only received a minor punishment).

Now a free man once more, he worked for the nascent Hobart town council and promptly defrauded them in 1867 by amongst other crimes, pocketing the proceeds of the sale of council debentures. Two years further imprisonment followed. Being released once more, he spent his last days a free man, dying in Hobart in 1872

And you don’t trust solicitors or council officials these days?

John Kenyon Winterbottom

This Edward Reddish ( c 1784 – 1850) lived on Heaton Lane. He trained in London, and in 1818 practised from Hare Court in Temple Bar. He married Elizabeth La Coste, the daughter of Thomas Barrett La Coste, a Banker living in Chertsey in 1824 before moving back up to Stockport and setting up his practice there. Elizabeth moved then to Birch House on Sandy Lane, before dying aged 50 in 1853.

©2020 Allan Russell

Author: allanprussell

Big houses in the Heatons and others that take my interest.

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