PRESIDENTS OF THE HYDE MECHANICS INSTITUTE.
1853 EDWARD CLARKE, Esq.
1854 JOHN TAYLOR, Esq.
1855 DR. FREDERICK TINKER.
1856 DR. THOMAS ALCOCK.
1857 THOMAS HOWARD, Esq.
1858 THOMAS THORNELY, Esq.
1859 JOSEPH HIBBERT, Esq.
1860 JOHN SIDEBOTHAM, Esq. .
1861 THOMAS THORNELY, Esq.
1862 THOMAS MOTTRAM, Esq.
1863 JOHN ALCOCK, Esq.
1864 JOHN BROOKS, Esq.
1865-6-7-8-9 & 1870 THOMAS ASHTON, Esq., J.P.
1871 THOMAS THORNELY, Esq., J.P.
1872 JOHN ALCOCK, Esq.
1873 GEORGE B. GOODFELLOW, Esq.
1874 JOHN BROOKS, Esq.
1875 CHARLES HIBBERT, Esq.
1876 PETER GREEN, Esq.
1877 WILLIAM BERRY, Esq.
1878 JOHN C. HIBBERT, Esq.
1879 HERVEY SMITH, Esq.
1880 EEV. W. H. LOWDER, M.A.
1881-2-3-4-5-6-7-8 T. GAIR ASHTON, Esq., J.P.
1889 ALDERMAN PETER GREEN (Mayor).
1890-1891 DR. F. H. TINKER.
1892 T. GAIR ASHTON, Esq., J.P.
1893 THOMAS BROWNSON, Esq., B.A.
Most of the surnames above can still be found around Hyde today... either as Street names, or in the phone book... What gets me is the date all this was going on... the thoughts behind it... how men with money were trying to better the working classes... I'm sure it must have been met with resentment by some.
Mr. Goodfellow built a large mansion known as ‘Lumn Bank’ which was later used as St. Thomas’ vicarage, it stood in extensive grounds off Mottram Road, and he resided in it until his death in 1863, at the age of 51. He was a man of enterprise and exceptional ability, Mr. Goodfellow left his mark on the history of his time.
Taken in part from ‘The History Of Hyde’ By Thomas Middleton