Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Another story from Tony Goulding ........What’s in a name?

This bar at 575, Barlow Moor Road, (1) Chorlton-cum-Hardy has a very curious name. Intrigued I embarked on a journey of discovery into its origin. In the process I ventured further back into history than I normally travel. Recognising the name as one in the list of the clergy who had held office at St. Clements Church I quickly made a connection to the Rev. Nicholas Mosley-Cheek, however apart from the bald facts of the years of his incumbency (1791-1805) I knew nothing about the man. 
Morely Cheeks
A variety of genealogical resources have provided a good deal of fresh information. Nicholas was born at Ashbourne, Derbyshire being christened at St. Oswald’s church there on 25th March, 1741.

His parents were Solomon and Elizabeth (née Morley) who had married in the Manchester Collegiate Church (now the Cathedral) on 19th February, 1738.

Rev. Mosley-Cheeks ecclesiastic career is well documented in “the Clergy of the Church of England” database developed by several universities as a collaborative project under the auspices of the arts and humanities research council.  Combined with information derived from church registers a very detailed picture of his life emerges.

After being ordained as a deacon by the Bishop of Norwich at Park Street Chapel, Grosvenor Square, Westminster on 24th February, 1771 Nicholas returned to his home diocese of Chester. He married Alice Gilbert (née Bannister) in St. John’s church of that city 0n 1st April the same year.
He was also in Chester when he was further ordained as a priest on 2nd August, 1772. Later that year his first child (2) was born in Warsop, Nr. Mansfield, and Nottinghamshire. At Rolleston  in the same county Rev, Nicholas was appointed to the rectorship on 13th December, 1779.

He held this post for the next decade before resigning just prior to Christmas 1789. At this point there is a short gap in the records before he shows up again with his appointment to the post at St. Clement’s Chorlton-cum-Hardy on 18th March, 1791.

St Stephen's Salford, date unknown
It appears that although he held this position until his death he was not very active in parish affairs (3) especially after 24th July, 1794 on his taking on the role for which he is most remembered, as the inaugural rector of St. Stephen’s Church, Salford

It was whilst fulfilling these duties that he died being buried there on 23rd July, 1805. One of his sons, James was buried in the same churchyard on 20th January, 1802 aged just 18 years old.
© Tony  Goulding 2017

Location; Chorlton & Salford

Pictures; from the collection of Tony Goulding. Saint Stephens a blog produced by the Art Club which neets in the Church of St. Philip which merged with St. Stephen's when the latter closed in 1956. It was posted by Neil Harvey following a visit to Salford's Local History Library.

1) Known by its present unusual name since October, 2012 it was previously “Argyles” when the premises of the Bank of Ireland were converted into a bar in 2007. In previous manifestations the building served as an outlet of the grocery business of T. Seymour Mead for more than half a century and was the National Provincial Bank for a time during the 1960’s and 1970’s before The Bank of Ireland took possession.
2) Unlike many of his other children this child John Mosely Gilbert had a very long life. He died in December. 1862 being buried on Christmas Eve of that year in the churchyard of St. Lawrence’s, Evesham, Worcestershire. He was a prominent citizen of the town having founded an established family firm of solicitors and served as a magistrate for both town and county he also served on public bodies such as Severn Navigation Commissioners.
3) Rev. Mosely-Cheek appointed 2 stipendiary curates to cover his clerical duties at Chorlton-cum-Hardy. Viz. 1796 –1801 Rev. Roger Mashiter and 1801-7 Rev. Samuel Stephenson.

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