Thomas Wrigley

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Thomas Wrigley, oil on canvas portrait by George Frederic Watts

Thomas Wrigley (27 June 1808 – 26 January 1880) was a British paper manufacturer, cotton mill owner, art collector and philanthropist from Bury, Lancashire. He was High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1872.

High Sheriff of Lancashire

The High Sheriff of Lancashire is an ancient officer, now largely ceremonial, granted to Lancashire, a county in North West England. High Shrievalties are the oldest secular titles under the Crown, in England and Wales. The High Sheriff of Lancashire is the representative of the monarch in the county, and is the "Keeper of The Queen's Peace" in the county, executing judgements of the High Court through an Under Sheriff.

Born on 27 June 1808 close to his father's Bridge Hall Paper Mills, Thomas Wrigley inherited the business in 1846. According to Edward Morris, he was "largely responsible for making Bury one of the greatest paper-making centres in the world". [1]

Wrigley was a Liberal in his political views and favoured both compulsory education and free trade. He was a supporter of Manchester Grammar School and Owens College, Manchester. [2]

Liberal Party (UK) political party of the United Kingdom, 1859–1988

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Free trade Absence of government restriction on international trade

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Wrigley, who was a Unitarian, [2] served as High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1872. [3]

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At his death in 1880, Wrigley left his paper mills, cotton mill and over £1.1 million to be shared between his three sons, while his small estate in Bury, along with the house there and a holiday house at Windermere, were left to his daughter. [4] In 1897, his family donated his collection of paintings, porcelain and other artworks to form a purpose-built art gallery for the people of Bury.

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  1. Morris, Edward (2001). Public Art Collections in North-west England: A History and Guide. Liverpool University Press. p. 48. ISBN   978-0-85323-527-9.
  2. 1 2 Morris, Edward (1985). "Ary Scheffer and his English Circle". Oud Holland. 99 (4): 294–323. doi:10.1163/187501785x00143. JSTOR   42711190.
  3. "No. 23828". The London Gazette . 16 February 1872. p. 593.
  4. Thompson, F. M. L. (February 1990). "Life after Death: How Successful Nineteenth-Century Businessmen Disposed of Their Fortunes". The Economic History Review. 43 (1): 40–61. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1990.tb00519.x. JSTOR   2596512.

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