Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
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Frank Cheadle

Mayor of Bolton: 1928-29 (Labour)

Born: 241 Bridgeman Street, Bolton 15 February 1885

Died: Hereford, Herefordshire 15 September 1940

Educated: Clarendon Street School, Bolton; Bolton Municipal Secondary School

Cabinet maker and house furnisher.

On leaving school he entered his father William's furniture business. After his father's death in 1922 he expanded the business with premises at 141-145 Newport Street, 166-168 Crook Street and 65-67 Derby Street, Bolton and at 93-95 Brackley Street, Farnworth

While his mother was a Conservative and an active campaigner for the Primrose League he became a Socialist.

He represented Bradford Ward 1911-23. Alderman for Bradford Ward 1923-30 and from 1936.

At 26 years he was Bolton's youngest ever Councillor up to 1911, then youngest ever Alderman in 1923.

Chairman of the Housing Committee.

Member of Fabian Society and Secretary of the Bolton Branch 1910-13.

President of Bolton Labour Party, leader Labour Group 1919-1930.

Magistrate 1919.

As Mayor he held a "Civic Week" on 22-28 September 1929.

He opened a new wash-house in Bradford Ward and the landscape work at Hall i' th' Wood.

He was a Wesleyan Methodist lay preacher and became the first Mayor of Bolton to pay an official visit to a Roman Catholic Church on 18 November 1928 when he preached a sermon to acknowledge the contribution to public service that Catholics had made to the town.

On the building of the Civic Centre he expressed the opinion that the land behind should be a public space. Kay & Co Engineers had wanted to expand their works there but his speech made them think again.

Appropriately, Cheadle Square, behind the Civic Centre in Bolton, was named in his memory in 1947.

He lived at Overdale, Chorley New Road, Heaton and had a library of over 2000 books.

His second wife, Lilian May, was Mayoress.

His son, Alfred Ronald Cheadle, was killed in a flying accident aged 22 whilst serving as a Sergeant Pilot with 82 Squadron RAF on 26 January 1942.


Click for larger image Formal portrait of Frank Cheadle as Mayor of Bolton.

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Click for larger image Brooch presented to Lilian May Cheadle as past Mayoress of Bolton.

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Frank CheadleCheadle Family Tree • pdfClick for larger image

Frank Cheadle's link on the Mayor of Bolton's Chain of Office.

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