- William Houldsworth
name = Sir William Henry Houldsworth
birth_date = birth date|1834|8|20|df=y
Ardwick, Manchester, England
death_date = death date and age|1917|4|18|1834|8|20|df=y
party = Conservative
High Church, Church of England
spouse = Elisabeth Graham Crum
children = 3d 2s
Sir William Henry Houldsworth, 1st Baronet (born
Ardwick, Manchester 20 August 1834, died Kilmarnock 18 April 1917) was a mill-owner in Reddish, Stockport. He was Conservative MP for Manchester North West from 1883 to 1906, and sometime chairman of the Fine Cotton Spinners' Association. He was made a baronetin 1887.
Houldsworth bought farmland by the
Stockport Branch Canalin Reddish in the 1860’s and built Reddish Mill, then the largest cotton-spinning mill in the world (started 1863, completed 1865). Four members of the Houldsworth family were 60% shareholders in the Reddish Spinning Company Limited which built the North Mill (started 1870) and the Middle Mill (started 1874). An Institute (now Houldsworth working men’s club) was completed in 1874. All the above were designed by the architect Abraham Stott. Houldsworth commissioned the architect Alfred Waterhouseto design St. Elisabeth's church, rectory and school. All the above buildings are still standing.
The start of a
model villagewas also laid out, with a variety of houses built in front of the mill. Some of the houses have been demolished, but those in Houldsworth Street and Liverpool Street remain.
The City of Manchester made him a freeman in 1905, and the
Victoria University of Manchesterawarded him an honorary LLD. In later life, Houldsworth turned his back on Reddish and Manchester, and concentrated on his estate at Kilmarnock, Scotland.
Several features in Reddish are named after Houldsworth. A drinking fountain and four-faced clock, paid for by public subscription, was unveiled in Houldsworth Square on 11 September 1920.
The [http://www.spinningtheweb.org.uk/a_cat_display.php?irn=5005176 aerial view at spinningtheweb] shows Houldsworth's mill (to the left of the road running vertically), the canal (running horizontally) and the housing (in front of the mill). St Elisabeth's church with its tower is at the top of the picture (above the mill). The school is to the left of the church and the WMC is the large building to the right of the church. One of Reddish Spinning Co Ltd's mills is at the top-left of the picture. The mill to the right is Broadstone mill; the right-hand half of the structure, both chimneys and the engine house (at the centre) have been demolished.
*cite book| last = Cronin | first = Jill | title = Images of England: Reddish | year = 2000 | publisher = Tempus Publishing | location = Stroud, Glos | id = ISBN 0-7524-1878-5 |pages = 54-56
*cite book | last = Holden | first = Roger N | title = Stott and Sons: Architects of the Lancashire Cotton Mills | edition = | year = 1977 | publisher = Carnegie Publishing | location = Lancaster | id = ISBN 1-85936-047-5 | pages = | chapter = | quote =
*cite web | url = http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/40813 | title = Houldsworth, Sir William Henry | accessdate = 2006-10-09 | author = Howe, A C | year = 2004 | work = Oxford Dictionary of National Biography | publisher = Oxford University Press
*cite book | last = Pevsner | first = Nikolaus | authorlink = Nikolaus Pevsner | title = The Buildings of England: South Lancashire | year = 1969 | publisher = Penguin Books | location = London | id = ISBN 0-14-071036-1 | pages = 371-372
*cite web| url = http://pmsa.cch.kcl.ac.uk/MR/MR-STO09.htm| title = HOULDSWORTH CLOCK AND FOUNTAIN | accessdate = 2006-10-31| date =
16 June2003| work = Public Monument and Sculpture Association National Recording Project| publisher =
*cite web | url = http://www.saintelisabeths.org/html/tour.html | title = Tour | accessdate = 2006-10-31 | work = St Elisabeth's
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