Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
Links in a Chain - The Mayors of Bolton
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Thomas Fletcher

Mayor of Bolton: 1884-87 (Conservative)

Born: Little Lever 1832

Died: 101 Bury New Road, Bolton 20 October 1914

Colliery owner, bleacher and spinner. Proprietor of Springside Mill, Little Lever.

Represented Church Ward 1875-83. Alderman for Derby Ward from 1883.

Son of Thomas Fletcher, First Chairman of Little Lever Local Board and brother of Matthew Fletcher, Chairman of Little Lever Local Board 1893-95 and Chairman of Little Lever Urban District Council 1895-96.

He called in the Militia to deal with the 1887 engineers strike. He issued a proclamation regretting the scenes of lawlessness during the strike on 1 July 1887.

On 21 December 1887 he was presented with a casket of Queen's Jubilee coins and medals by '70 of the leading gentlemen of the town' in recognition of his services to the Borough as Mayor.

In August 1906 he appeared in court for a bankruptcy hearing and for trading insolvently. He had lost a personal fortune (which had stood at £103,000 in 1885) through speculative trading on the stock market and by taking on crippling loans to cover his losses.

His wife died in 1873 so his daughter, Esther Ella Fletcher, was Mayoress.

 

Click for larger image Photograph of Bolton Library Committee at the laying of the foundation stone of High Street branch library 27 August 1887. Thomas Fletcher is wearing the Mayor's Chain. The Library was built on land given by John Heywood, Mayor of Bolton 1903-05 - he is the clean shaven man on the back row.

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Click for larger image Commemorative medal issued by Bolton Corporation to mark Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1887.

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Thomas FletcherFletcher Family Tree • pdfClick for larger image

Thomas Fletcher's link on the Mayor of Bolton's Chain of Office.

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Crest - On a wreath argent and gules two arrows in saltire and one in fess or with six fleur de lys in the angles azure.

Motto = RECTA PETE (Right and sure)

This crest with a different motto is shown for Fletcher of Peel Hall, Bolton.

 

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