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Thomas Walker (1784–1836) was an English barrister, police magistrate and author. He is now remembered for his one-man periodical, The Original.



He was the son of Thomas Walker (1749–1817) the radical, born at Barlow Hall, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, near Manchester, on 10 October 1784. His father was a Manchester cotton merchant. [1]

Thomas Walker (merchant) English cotton merchant and political reformer

Thomas Walker (1749–1817) was an English cotton merchant and political radical.

Chorlton-cum-Hardy suburban area of the city of Manchester, England

Chorlton-cum-Hardy is a suburban area of Manchester, England, three miles (4.8 km) southwest of the city centre. Chorlton ward had a population of 14,138 at the 2011 census, and Chorlton Park 15,147.

Walker went to Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated B.A. in 1808 and M.A. in 1811. [2] He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple on 8 May 1812. After the death of his father, he lived for some years at Longford Hall, Stretford, taking part in township affairs, and tackling pauperism. In 1829 he was appointed a police magistrate at the Lambeth Street court. On 20 May 1835 he began the publication of The Original, and continued it weekly until the following 2 December. [1]

Trinity College, Cambridge Constituent college of the University of Cambridge in England

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Stretford town in Trafford, Greater Manchester

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Walker died unmarried at Brussels on 20 January 1836, and was buried in the cemetery there. A tablet to his memory was placed in St Mary's, Whitechapel. [1]

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In 1826 Walker published Observations on the Nature, Extent, and Effects of Pauperism, and on the Means of reducing it (2nd edit. 1831), and in 1834 Suggestions for a Constitutional and Efficient Reform in Parochial Government. [1] He wrote from a Malthusian point of view. [3]

The Original was intended to raise "the national tone in whatever concerns us socially or individually", and comprised a collection of Walker's thoughts on many subjects. Its writing on health and gastronomy were most appreciated. Many later editions of The Original were published, with a reprint in 1850: [1] [4]

William Blanchard Jerrold, was an English journalist and author.

Henry Morley British academic

Henry Morley was an English academic who was one of the earliest professors of English literature in Great Britain. Morley wrote a popular book containing biographies of famous English writers.

A selection, entitled The Art of Dining and of attaining High Health, was printed at Philadelphia in 1837; and another selection, by Felix Summerley (Sir Henry Cole), was published in 1881 as Aristology, or the Art of Dining. [1]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Lee, Sidney, ed. (1899). "Walker, Thomas (1784-1836)"  . Dictionary of National Biography . 59. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. "Walker, Thomas (WLKR803T)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. Clement, Mark. "Walker, Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/28513.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. Thomas Walker (1850). The Original. H. Renshaw.


Wikisource-logo.svg  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain :  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1899). "Walker, Thomas (1784-1836)". Dictionary of National Biography . 59. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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