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Rochdale

Among the public charities of Bury is the Free Grammar School, founded in 1726, by the Rev. Roger Kay, rector of Tittleton, in Wiltshire, who endowed it with all his freehold estate called Chadwick in the parish of Rochdale, and a rent charge of £25 per annum, upon his estate of Ewood Hall in the township of Haslingden. The original statute directs that the head maste) shall be paid £50 and the usher £20 a year, but owing to the great increase in the value of the property, the head master now receives £200, and the usher £100 per annum. The present head master is the Rev. H. C. Boutflower. In 1748 the Hon. and Rev. John Stanley, rector ©f the parish, and other inhabitants founded a school here for 80 boys and 30 girls, and in 1815 this chaiity was augmented by a numerous list of annual subscribers, after which it was converted into a National School, and a spacious building was erected as a school house, at a cost of £1,000, on land given by the Earl of Derby. Several New Schools have been erected in the town and neighbourhood within the last few years. Holy Trinity School, in Georgiana street, is a hand­some stone building in the Elizabethan style, erected in 1851 at a cost of £2,000. It is divided into three compartments, for boys, girls, and infants. St. Paul’s National School, in Taylor street, is a neat brick building, erected in 1852. The National School at Pimhole, a mile from Bury, has also been lately erected by Mr. Thomas Openshaw, an opulent cotton spinner of the town. The Choristers’ School in connection with the parish Church is a neat brick building in the Wylde. This institution was established by the rector, in 1850, for the purpose of training for the musical service of the church. The Wesleyan School is another neat brick building in Clerke street, erected at a cost of £1,600, and opened in 1851. These and the other educational establishments, will be found in the Directory, under the head Academies. Sunday Schools are attached to nearly all the places of worship in the town, and here are several news rooms, a public library, a mechanics’ institute, horticultural and other societies, and a dispensary, the latter situated in Moss street. The town is governed by three constables appointed annually on Whit Monday at the holding of a Court Baron by the agent of the Earl of Derby, and the magistrates sit in petty sessions every Monday and Friday, in the New Town Hall, Market street, a handsome building in the Italian style of architecture, erected a few years ago by the Earl of Derby, who also erected the adjoining Hotel. The principal apartment in the Town Hall is fifty four feet by thirty six. The County Court for the recovery of debts not exceeding £50 is also held in the Town Hall, every alternate Wednesday, J. S„ T. Greene, Esq., is the judge of the County Court; and the acting mrgistrates are Richard Ashton, Esq., Edmund Grundy, Esq., Joseph Knowles, Esq., and James Harrison, Esq. Bury was created into a Parliamentary Borough by the Reform Bill, with the privilege of sending one member to Parliament. The present member is Frederick Peel, Fsq., son to the late eminent and lamented statesman, Sir Robert Peel, Bart., to whose memory a monument was erected here in 1852, at a cost of £3,000. The town is well lighted with gas and abundantly supplied with ex­cellent water by joint stock companies.

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