Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
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Col George Hesketh

Mayor of Bolton: 1905-06 (Conservative)

Born: Great Lever, Bolton 30 August 1852

Died: The Fylde, Lancashire 30 April 1930

Educated: Bolton Church Institute; Hipperholme Grammar School, Halifax, Yorkshire

Master Cotton Spinner - Chairman of T M Hesketh & Sons Ltd and youngest son of the company founder, Thomas Manley Hesketh.

Director of the Manchester County Bank, the North of England Assets Company Ltd, Chatterly Whitfield Collieries Ltd and of Marriage, Neave and Company Ltd.

He was the first and only Chairman of Astley Bridge Urban District Council 1895-98. His brother, Col Thomas Hesketh (1838-1887) had earlier been chairman of Astley Bridge Local Board.

Represented Astley Bridge Ward on Bolton Council from 1895.

Opened Astley Bridge Recreation Ground 27 April 1901.

Opened Kay Street School on 11 November 1911.

County Magistrate.

Chairman of the Technical Instruction Committee.

He was made Freeman of the County Borough of Bolton on July 25 1927.

Served as Volunteer Officer from 1871, resigning with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment in 1902. Holder of the Volunteer Decoration and DSO.

Appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1918.

Member of the Conservative Club and the Brasenose Club, Manchester.

His wife, Minnie, was Mayoress.


Click for larger image George Hesketh in the uniform of a junior officer in the Bolton Rifles (2nd Volunteer Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment)

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Click for larger image Later portrait of George Hesketh as an officer in the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. On his left breast he wears the Volunteer Decoration for 20 years efficient service as an officer - presumably the photograph commemorates the award.

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Click for larger image Formal portrait of George Hesketh as Mayor of Bolton.

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Col George HeskethHesketh Family Tree • pdfClick for larger image

George Hesketh's link on the Mayor of Bolton's Chain of Office.

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Crest = On a wreath argent & azure a garb or banded vert.

M otto = IN DEO MEO SPES (In God is my hope)

The garb of wheat is a common crest to all the Hesketh arms and was used by Col Hesketh when he was granted arms in 1918 as High Sheriff. The full arms are on display in the Shire Hall in Lancaster Castle. He did not have these arms in 1905


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