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Henry Fishwick

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Henry Fishwick

Thomas Edwin Mostyn - Henry Fishwick.jpg
Portrait of Henry Fishwick (1906)
by Thomas Edwin Mostyn
Mayor of Rochdale
In office
Preceded bySir James Duckworth
Succeeded bySir James Jones
Councillor for Rochdale
In office
Personal details
Born(1835-03-09)9 March 1835
Rochdale, Lancashire
Died23 September 1914(1914-09-23) (aged 79)
Rochdale, Lancashire
Political partyLiberal Party

Lt-Col Henry Fishwick JP FSA (9 March 1835 –23 September 1914) was a British soldier, politician and antiquary.[1] After a military career, he became a Liberal Party Councillor (1871–1914) and twice Mayor of Rochdale (1903–05). He was also author and editor of several books on Lancashire and was a founding member of three of the county's historical societies.


Fishwick was the son of Henry Halliwell Fishwick of Brownhill, Rochdale, and was born on 9 March 1835. At the age of eighteen, he became the secretary of the Rochdale branch of the Young Men's Christian Association.[2]


Fishwick was one of the earliest supporters of the Volunteer Force movement in Rochdale and, when a corps was formed, he joined as a Lieutenant (1860). He was later promoted to Major, and then commanding officer. From 1871, as Lieutenant Colonel, he was attached to the Eighth (King's) Regiment (stationed in Salford).[1]


Fishwick entered local politics in 1871, when he was elected to Rochdale Town Council. He served as a Liberal Party Councillor (1871–1914), and was Chairman of the Library and Art Gallery Committee (from 1881). He was a Member of the School Board (1870–1903), serving as chairman (from 1897), and then a Member of its successor, the Education Committee (1903–14), serving as chairman.[3][4] In 1909, he was elected President of the Association of Education Committees of England and Wales.[5]

He was twice elected Mayor of Rochdale (in 1903–4 and 1904–5), also serving as a borough magistrate and county JP for Lancashire, and was a prominent Freemason. In 1906, he was honoured with the Honorary Freedom of the borough, and was known as the ‘Father of the Council’. In 1911, Fishwick was honoured by a Public testimonial presented by Lord Sheffield.[6] [7]


Fishwick was a frequent contributor of papers on various subjects to Transactions of Rochdale Literary and Scientific Society (1880–6) and Transactions of Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society (1884–1910). He edited several volumes for the Chetham Society and Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, and was the author of several parish histories: Goosnargh (1871), Kirkham (1874), Garstang (1878–79), Rochdale (1889), as well as other works.[8]

Fishwick was a member of several societies: Manchester Arts Club (Founding Member and chairman); Chetham Society (Council Member, 1875–1901, and Vice-President, 1901–14); Rochdale Literary and Scientific Society (Founder Member (1878), President and Vice-President); Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire (Founder Member, Vice-President, 1878–95, 1904–14, and President, 1895–1904); Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire (Council Member, 1880–1914); Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society (founding member, Council Member, 1883–1914, Vice-President, and President, 1897–8)); and Lancashire Parish Register Society (founding member and President, 1897–1914). He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.[2]


Fishwick married the daughter of Dr W. H. Bullmore of Truro, Cornwall, and they had four children: one son (who emigrated to Canada) and three daughters, including Janet Fishwick (d.1944). Fishwick lived at The Heights, Rochdale until his death on 23 September 1914.[2][9]

Select bibliography

  • The History of the parochial Chapelry of Goosnargh in the County of Lancaster, C. Simms, Goosnargh, 1871.
  • The History of the Parish of Kirkham in the County of Lancaster, Chetham Society, Old Series, 92 (1874).
  • Lancashire and Cheshire Church Surveys 1649–1655, Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 1 (1878).
  • History of the Parish of Garstang in the County of Lancaster Chetham Society, Old Series, Part I: 104 (1878); Part II: 105 (1879).
  • A list of Lancashire wills proved in the Archdeaconry of Richmond 1547 to 1680. Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire,10 (1884).
  • The History of the Parish of Poulton-le-Fylde, in the County of Lancaster, Chetham Society, New Series, 8 (1885).
  • A list of Lancashire wills proved in the Archdeaconry of Richmond 1681 to 1748. Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire,13 (1886).
  • The History of the Parish of Bispham, in the County of Lancaster. Chetham Society, New Series, 10 (1887).
  • The History of the Parish of St Michael-on-Wyre in the County of Lancaster. Chetham Society, New Series, 25 (1891).
  • The Note Book of The Rev. Thomas Jolly, A.D. 1671–93. Chetham Society, New Series, 33 (1894).
  • Pleadings and depositions in the duchy court of Lancaster. Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, Part 1: ' Henry VII and Henry VIII 32 (1896); Part 2: Henry VIII 35 (1897); Part 3: Edward VI and Philip & Mary, 40 (1899).
  • The History of the Parish of Lytham in the County of Lancaster. Chetham Society, New Series, 60 (1907).
  • The Survey of the Manor of Rochdale in the County of Lancaster, Parcel of the Possessions of The Rt Worshipful Sir Robert Heath, Knt, His Majesty’s Attorney-General, made in 1626. Chetham Society, New Series, 71 (1913).


  1. ^ a b Henry Fishwick, Manchester City News, 26 September 1914
  2. ^ a b c Transactions of Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, 32 (1914), pp. 305–306.
  3. ^ Daily Mail, 10 November 1910
  4. ^ Manchester Evening News, 10 November 1910
  5. ^ Manchester Evening Chronicle, 17 June 1909
  6. ^ Daily Mail, 30 January 1911
  7. ^ "Rochdale Observer Obituary" (PDF). Famous Fishwicks. 4 July 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Online Books". Online Books. 4 July 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Famous Fishwicks". Famous Fishwicks. 4 July 2020. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Sir James Duckworth
Mayor of Rochdale
Succeeded by
Sir James Jones
Professional and academic associations
Preceded by
Richard Copley Christie
President of the Record Society of Lancashire and Cheshire
Succeeded by
John Paul Rylands
Preceded by
President of the Lancashire Parish Register Society
Succeeded by
John William Robinson Parker
Preceded by
Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire
President of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society
Succeeded by
James Holme Nicholson
Preceded by
Rt Rev. William Stubbs
Vice-President of the Chetham Society
Succeeded by
Dr William (Ecroyd) Farrer
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