3 July 2013

Joseph Sidebotham and Haughton, Denton

Medland Taylor's St Anne's Church, St Anne's Drive, Haughton, Denton, which in 2003 was upgraded to Grade I status.

E. Joseph Sidebotham (1824–1885) financed the construction. Sidebotham was born at Apethorn House in Hyde and his father managed Gibraltar Mill in Gee Cross. Joseph Sidebotham was a noted early amateur photographer.

For many years he was a partner in Strines Printing, a calico printing company in New Mills. In the 1850s he contributed a number of articles and photos to the firm's newspaper, Strines Journal, which was run by manager Joel Wainwright, who later wrote Memories of Marple: Pictorial and Descriptive Reminiscences of a Lifetime in Marple, Leisure Hours on the Banks of the Goyt, the Tame (1899).

Sidebottom died at his home – Erlesdene, in Bowdon – and was buried in Bowdon Cemetery.

By the chancel wall outside. James Nasmyth Sidebotham (1864–1904) was one of Joseph's sons and, with his brother Joseph Watson, was the owner of the Hyde and Haughton Colliery Company. As a result of an underground explosion at the colliery on 18 January 1889, twenty-three miners were killed. The verdict of the inquest was that the incident was accidental.

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