Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
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Ebenezer Green Harwood

Mayor of Bolton: 1882-84 (Conservative)

Born: Little Lever, Bolton 1832

Died: Bolton 15 February 1902

Educated: George Lathom's School near St George's Church

Chemist and druggist.

His father was Lawrence Harwood, a Little Lever schoolmaster.

In 1846 he was apprenticed to George La French, Chemist & Druggist in Cheapside, Bolton. La French died just before the apprenticeship finished so he completed it with Thomas Wood, Chemist at same address.

In 1851 he took a job as assistant in a firm in Worcester, then at a chemist shop in Liverpool for a Mr H S Alpass. He then returned to Bolton and started his own business, once again in Cheapside.

Represented Exchange Ward 1871-74. Alderman for West Ward from 1874.

Vice-Chairman of the Watch, Scavenging & Waterworks Committees - later split into two at his suggestion. As Chairman of the new Scavenging and Sewerage Committee he was instrumental in improving Bolton's then dire refuse disposal facilities and could often be seen in times of frost supervising the work at all hours directing the efforts of the men to shift the snow.

He was a prominent Freemason, being a member of St George's Lodge and later Anchor and Hope Lodge. He was also a member St John's Royal Arch Chapter (in which he held various offices) and a member of some high Masonic Orders including the Knights Templars, the Rose Croix and the Royal Order of Scotland.

His wife, Eleanor, was Mayoress.

Harwood Family Tree • pdfClick for larger image

Ebenezer Green Harwood's link on the Mayor of Bolton's Chain of Office.

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Argent a chevron gules between three stags' heads caboshed proper. Crest - On a wreath argent and gules a stag's head caboshed within its mouth a branch of oak vert.

motto = IN DOMINE CONFIDO (Trust in the Lord)

He was not related to the two other Harwoods who were Mayor of Bolton and who have similar devices on their links.


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