1811 May 5
Baptised, Christ Church, Macclesfield, Cheshire
1830 Nov 14 David married Mary Mottram, St.Peter's
church, Prestbury, Cheshire
1861 census living at College Croft, Eccles, Salford,
1883 Aug 17 Following his death, the "Eccles and
published the following article.
Death of Mr. David Tidswell
Our obituary record contains the announcement of the decease of Mr. D.
Tidswell who died suddenly, on Thursday, on board a Southport steamer.
The deceased was a handloom weaver, and had resided in Eccles
40 years; and for 21 years was keeper at the Congregational Church, the
congregation pensioning him off some two years ago.
He was an ardent temperance reformer; an active worker in the Free
Trade movement, and for one moving in a humble sphere of life
respected by his fellow men.
1883 Aug 18 The "Southport Visitor" published the
A very sudden death occurred at Southport on Thursday morning. An old
man named David Tidswell, a pensioned chapel keeper belonging to
Eccles, who had come over to Southport for a few days, went down to the
Pier for the purpose of going to Blackpool; and had only got a few
yards from the pier on board 'The Queen of the Bay' before he went into
an apoplectic fit and died almost immediately. The steamer was put
back and the deceased man was landed and taken to the 'Victoria Hotel'
where he was seen by Dr. McNichol who certified the death resulted from
2012 "The Victoria Hotel" is still
on the promenade almost facing the Marine Parade which leads to the
The Queen of the Bay
1883 Sep 28 The "Eccles and Patricroft Journal" published
minutes of a
of the admirers of Mr. D. Tidswell at The British Workman Eccles to
consider the desirability of erecting a tombstone in Eccles churchyard
over his remains.
The following is one statement out of many and is extracted from the
"Mr GEORGE MOYSE proposed that a monumental tombstone be erected in
Eccles churchyard and if the funds permitted that a marble bust of the
deceased be obtained for erection in a conspicuous place in Eccles Town
St. Mary's churchyard,
The memorial may have been moved to its present position when the
graveyard was landscaped,
a process which disposed of most of the other gravestones
Gerald Tidswell, g.g.g.grandson of David Tidswell
The memorial is inscribed as following :
( Far side )
In Memory of DAVID TIDSWELL
(who) died suddenly in Southport, 16th August 1883 aged 72 years
also MARY wife of DAVID TIDSWELL
Who departed this life January 21st 1882 aged 71 years
( Near side )
Humble in station he exercised a great power for good among the working
and won the love and respect of all.
He lived a consistent Christian life and died in the sure hope of
"Only the actions of the Just smell sweet and blossom in the dust."
"I know that my redeemer liveth"
Of the other remaining memorials there is that of Robert Stephenson a
brother of George Stephenson railway engineer.
(The Manchester-Liverpool track which was laid by George
Stephenson is 150
yards north of the church.)
THE PETERLOO MASSACRE (and the Free Trade movement)
"On 16th August 1819 in St Peter's Fields,
Manchester, armed cavalry charged a peaceful crowd of
around 60,000 people gathered
to listen to
anti-poverty and pro-democracy speakers. It is estimated that 18
were killed, and over 700 seriously injured."
The quotation above is
from the following website : http://peterloomassacre.org/index.html
Was David Tidswell a son of the Peterloo Massacre ?
It is almost certain that he wasn't there as he was still living in
Macclesfield at the time, and only 8 years old,
in fact his first child Sarah was born in Macclesfield in 1831 nearly
12 years after Peterloo.
However his move to Eccles was what brought him into contact with the
Free Trade movement.
Coincidentally, when David died at Southport on 16th
it was the day of the 64th anniversary
of the Peterloo Massacre.
Perhaps the 16th of August had been set aside as an annual remembrance
day, and in 1883 had his church arranged a day trip to Southport ?
More of David's ancestors
and relations may be seen here.