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I'm looking for some help, please, regarding (amongst other things) the whereabouts of some properties in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The Bardsley Brewery was at one time owned by William Shaw.

William, at the time resident at Woodfield House, Lockwood, Huddersfield, married Emma Bentley at Hanover Square, Middlesex, on 3 August 1843. William being a wealthy landowner, the couple initially lived essentially in retirement at Wentbridge House, Darrington, Pontefract and later at Harrogate. This William died in Bardsley, Ashton-under-Lyne, on 18 August 1880. His wife, Emma, was the youngest sister of Robert Bentley, the founder c. 1832 of what later became the Shaw & Bentley Brewery at Bardsley, Ashton-under-Lyne. Robert was the son of Timothy Bentley who had founded the Lockwood Brewery in Huddersfield. As Robert's Bardsley brewery grew, he very soon entered into partnership with John Carr (c. 1833), now trading as Bentley & Carr until Robert's death when his son, Robert John Bentley assumed his position. William, who had brewing experience gained at the Starbeck Brewery, in Harrogate, became Robert John Bentley's partner when he purchased the Bardsley brewing concern in 1856 after it fell into financial disarray during the year previous. On the creation of the new partnership, the concern began to trade under the style, Shaw & Bentley.

In 1871, William is shown as living with wife, Emma, at ??Lime Spring House??, Ashton-under-Lyne, being a brewer employing 23 men. Have I read the address correctly and, if so, where abouts was this property. I can't trace William in the 1861 Census. Help would be appreciated in finding out more.

Talking about Ashton / Ashton Reporter
« on: September 30, 2014, 03:01 PM »
Thought I'd mention that the British Newspaper Archive is currently investigating the feasibility of including selected Ashton news pages in its database.

I suggested this on their site a while ago and, with others backing up my calls, they've decided to act.

Nothing cast in stone yet but I live in hope.

Smile, please! / Disco
« on: November 07, 2013, 10:59 PM »
I took the wife to a disco last weekend. There was a guy on the dance floor giving it his all.....break-dancing, back flips and wife turned to me and said "See that guy.....25 years ago he proposed to me and I turned him down". I said, "looks like he is still celebrating"  :)

Memory Lane / Lees & Knott Ltd., Grosvenor Hill, Ashton-under-Lyne
« on: October 30, 2013, 11:29 AM »
Browsing through the 1909 Will of Henry Shaw (of Dukinfield Brewery & 'Bramerton', West Kirby, Wirral), he referred to Lees & Knott Ltd.. Googling comes up with a blank. Is this name familiar to any of you??

General Discussion / Remembrance Day
« on: October 28, 2013, 09:06 PM »
Will any of you chaps and chapesses be attending a remembrance service two weeks on Sunday??

I usually go along to the Cenotaph in Leigh. A superb setting for such a poignant event.  :(

Genealogy / The Shaw Family Of Ashton-under-Lyne
« on: September 01, 2013, 01:44 PM »
First off, I'm new here and am looking forward to posting.

I live in Leigh, Lancashire, and am currently researching into the Shaws of Ashton-under-Lyne a family which made a significant contribution to the wealth of my home town.

For those who don't already know, brewer William Shaw (1822-1889) was invited to manage Leigh's Bedford Brewing & Malting Co. (BBMC) in 1883. Essentially, William was already a successful brewer in his home district and BBMC was in financial trouble. Thankfully, William accepted the invitation and later took his son, James (1848-1880), with him to Leigh to assist him and later still, also took his younger son, George (1860-1918). Although William died in 1889, BBMC's fortunes had been turned around and George took over from where William had left off, James having died in Leigh in 1880 at the young age of 32 years. George wanted expansion and set about buying out a number of local breweries until, essentially, the Shaw Brewery monopolised brewing in Leigh.

George continued the excellent work started by his father and, in 1902, changed the name of the brewery to Geo. Shaw & Co., Ltd. From 1902 to 1910 (approx.), the renamed brewery was almost completely rebuilt and employed a substantial workforce. George became involved in politics and became the second Mayor of the recently chartered Leigh Corporation for the period 1900/01.

By now a very wealthy man, he resided at one of Leigh's finest house, Pennington Hall. When he died in 1918, Pennington Hall and its substantial grounds was bequeathed to the people of Leigh for use as a public park. Sadly, it fell into disrepair due to lack of council maintenance and the Hall was demolished in 1963.

On George's death in 1918, his sons, William (1889-1937) and Frank (1891-1949) took over the running of the brewery but they clearly didn't possess the business acumen of their father. An attempted takeover of Sharman's Brewery (Bolton) some time around 1927 placed Shaw's Brewery into financial difficulty and this ultimately resulted in the sale of Geo. Shaw & Co., Ltd., to the Walker Cain brewing conglomerate in 1931.

The building continued to be used by Walker Cain, mainly as a distribution centre, until around 1966 (by then owned by Tetley Walker) and was demolished in 1998 to form a site for new houses.

If you're still awake  ;D  ,  although I have considerably more information on this subject, I also have some notable 'holes'. In this respect, I was hoping that some of the good folk on here might be able to assist me.

Some of the Shaw clan remain quite mysterious in that little seems to be recorded of them on This isn't helped by the habit that some of the Shaws had of changing their names! Eric Shaw of Dukinfield is referred to in four Leigh newspapers as attending family events in Leigh. These were in 1904, 1912, 1918 and 1920. He was described as the nephew of George Shaw. He was also listed as a lieutenant away on active service in 1918. I cannot with any certainty trace his birth or death details. A second family member, Joseph (Lockwood) Shaw (1850-), brother to George, disappears from the record after his final census return in 1891. I believe that he married Harriet Ann Jones in Ashton-under-Lyne during 1888, but I cannot trace his death. One more for the minute...William (another of George's brothers and son of the William who first came to Leigh in 1883) was born c. 1853 in Ashton-under-Lyne and married Rachel Walker in West Derby, Merseyside, in 1882. Again, I cannot trace a death date. It is known that some Shaws did emigrate (e.g. Henry (Harry) Lockwood Shaw moved to South Africa in the 1920's).

I would welcome any information you have on these three chaps and anything remotely related to the Shaws.

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