Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
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Arthur Hamer

Chairman of Westhoughton Urban District Council: 1908-09 (Conservative)

Born: Farnworth 3 September 1869

Died: Oakdene, 74 Chorley New Road 6 February 1921

Educated: Bolton Church Institute

Solicitor. Qualified 14 August 1891.

He was articled to his uncle, William Dowling, a Bolton solicitor and became part of the firm Dowling, Cooper & Hamer, working at their office in Market Street, Westhoughton.

When his uncle died the firm became Cooper & Hamer.

Chairman of the Library Committee.

Member of the Board of Guardians representing Lostock 1900.

President Bolton Incorporated Law Society 1920.

He was a Keen bowler and member of Park Hill Bowling Club.

Freemason - Worshipful Master of 3326 Supera Moras Lodge from 1920. Member of Concord Royal Arch Chapter and St James of Jerusalem Preceptory KT.

He lived at Rose Bank, Lostock but moved to Bolton in 1910 living first at Ivy Dene, 51 Bradford Street and then Oakdene, 74 Chorley New Road.

After moving to Bolton he decided not to seek re-election and in 1910 he was presented with a silver-topped cane and a case of pipes (also with silver tops) at Wingates Conservative Club for his services to Westhoughton UDC and to the Conservatives of North Ward.

His funeral service at Bolton Parish Church was well attended with representation from the Freemasons, Board of Guardians, Town Council  Conservative Association etc and also Archibald Sparke (Bolton's Chief Librarian), the Chief Constable and C E Foweraker, Manager of Bolton Wanderers. (He had collapsed while watching Bolton Wanderers at Burnden Park the previous Saturday.)

Arthur Hamer


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