The will of Miss Eleanora Atherton, of Kersall Cell and Quay Street, Manchester, and of Great James Street, Middlesex, was proved at Manchester, on the 3rd ult, under £400,000 personalty (sic), by the Rev G Heron, of Warrington, and Mr W Slater, solicitor, Manchester. The will is dated 1864, with five codicils.
The testatrix died Sept 12 1870, aged eighty eight. The bequests are numerous and liberal.
There are some annuities, and also legacies to servants. To her groom, Samuel Johnson, she leaves £500. There are the following charitable bequests, viz.:
To the Trustees of Charitable Funds, £1,000,
the income for the incumbent of Holy Trinity, Hulme;
£2,000 to the rector of St Matthew's Church, Manchester, in augmentation;
£1,000 to the Church of Whiston, as endowment;
£5,000 to St John's Church, Preston, and £500 to the Schools;
£1,000 to the Churchwardens of the cathedral church of Manchester, and £2,000 to the Dean and Chapter of the cathedral;
£1,000, the interest for the relief of widows and orphans of clergymen in the Archdeaconry of Chester, Liverpool, and Manchester (Warrington Charity);
£500 to the Society for Providing Additional Curates;
£2,000 to the Manchester Ragged and Industrial School, Ardwick-green;
£1,000 to St. Mary's Hospital, Quay Street;
£1,000 to the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Dispensary;
£200 to the Humane Society of the Hundred of Salford;
and £500 to each of the following institutions, viz.
- Eye Infirmary, Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb, and Jubilee School, each of Manchester;
- Societies for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, and Promoting Christian Knowledge;
- National School Society;
- Asylum for Idiots, Earlswood;
- British Orphan Society;
- Royal Hospital for Incurables, Putney and the British Home for Incurables, Clapham Rise (all free of duty).
She bequeaths her estates at Prescot and Walton-on-the-Hill, to the Rev James Allan Park. Her estates in Jamaica, some tenements at Prescot, and the chambers in Lincoln's Inn, formerly belonging to her father, she bequeathes to Alexander Atherton Park, and leaves him all law books.
There are estates left to her cousin, Mr Domville H C Poole.
Her estates and land at Chester, and the Manor of Kersal, and Byrom Hall estate, together with the plate bearing the Byrom crest and arms, she bequeaths to Edward Fox, and directs that he shall use the name of Byrom only, with the arms and crest of the family.
The books and MSS formerly belonging to John Byrom, she bequeaths to a public institution at Manchester, to be called "Byrom's Library."
lllustrated London News.
Miss Eleanora Atherton was the daughter of Richard Atherton1, Esq, of Greenbank, near Preston, who served the office of Mayor of that Borough in the years 1773, 1781, and 1766. He had two daughters, One of whom married Sir James Allan Park, one of the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, previously for several years Recorder of Preston; and the other the benevolent lady, whose magnificent bequests above recorded, entitle her to lasting fame.
1 Error: Eleanora was baptised in Manchester Cathedral on the 21 March 1872, the daughter of Henry Atherton and his wife Ann (nee Byrom).
Richard Atherton was her uncle, Lucy Parkes (nee Atherton) was her cousin.