Autumn Programme Talk 18th October - Speaker Susan Gleave

Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth, 1st Baronet of Gawthorpe Hall

Susan Gleave is currently a Care Navigation Officer at Lancashire County Council having previously worked in the library service and at a number of Lancashire museums.

James Kay was born in Rochdale in 1804.  After studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh he settled in Manchester in about 1827.  He was instrumental in the founding of the Manchester Statistical Society.  His concern for the poor and particularly the working conditions in the Manchester cotton industry would lead to his appointment as a Poor Law commissioner in East Anglia and later in London.  In 1840, he co-founded the first training college for school teachers and he was instrumental in the current system of national school education.
In 1842 he married Janet Shuttleworth who had inherited the Gawthorpe Hall estate at the age of four months.  He took his wife’s name and arms and in 1849 he was created a Baronet of Gawthorpe Hall.  He took an active part in alleviating the effects of the Lancashire cotton famine.  Until the end of his life he remained interested in education and he wrote numerous papers on the subject.  In 1864 he was High Sheriff of Lancashire.  He died in 1877.

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The Society was founded over 40 years ago and provides a wide range of speakers ontopics covering local history as well as topics of wider interest.

    Our meetings are friendly and informal, Guests and new members are always welcome.

The Society works closely with the Longridge Heritage Centre Trust and a number of our documents and photographs have been loaned to and managed by the Trust to make them available to the wider public at the Heritage Centre and online in the Town Archive.

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