Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
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Joseph Musgrave

Mayor of Bolton: 1880-81 (Conservative)

Born: Bolton 10 March 1812

Died: Western House, Chorley New Road, Bolton 12 January 1891

Industrialist and engineer manufacturer of factory steam engines.

He was resident engineer for the North Union (Parkside to Preston) Railway.

In 1839 he went into business with his father, John Musgrave, first buying the Globe Foundry in Kay Street which later extended into the Caledonia Works, trading as John Musgrave & Son (later Musgrave & Sons)

Musgrave & Sons manufactured the ironwork for the 710 metre long Tsar Nicholas I Suspension Bridge across the Dnepr river at Kiev in the Ukraine, opened in 1853.

The family later expanded its business interests into the cotton trade eventually owning 5 mills around Chorley Old Road, Halliwell.

Represented East Ward 1874-77. Alderman for the new Halliwell Ward 1877-88 having previously been a member and Chairman of Halliwell Local Board of Health. Appointed Magistrate in 1867.

He was Chairman of the Waterworks Committee.

Chairman of the Building Committee of the New Infirmary and laid the cornerstone on 1 May 1880 and opened Bolton New Infirmary and Chadwick Children's Wing on 21 July 1883. The male accident Ward was named the Musgrave Ward.

The Musgrave family gave £5,000 towards the building of the New Infirmary.

Gave the first Mayoral Juvenile Ball in Bolton.

First President of Bolton Chamber of Commerce 1887.

He was a Wesleyan Methodist. He laid the foundation Stone for Cable Street Wesleyan Chapel and gave money for the purchase of land for St Luke's Church.

His second wife, Amelia, was Mayoress.

Joseph MusgraveMusgrave Family Tree • pdfClick for larger image

Joseph Musgrave's link on the Mayor of Bolton's Chain of Office.

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