Wright Mellor (1817-1893)

portrait by John William Brooke

Alderman Wright Mellor was a member of the Huddersfield Corporation Town Council from its inception until November 1892.

He became a county magistrate in April 1863 and regularly attended the Highfield Independent Chapel.

He held the office of Mayor in the years 1871/2, 1872/3, 1883/4 and 1886/7, and was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Huddersfield on 25 September 1889.

Among the many other positions he held were president of the Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Huddersfield School Board, and chairman of the Board of Governors of the Huddersfield and Upper Agbrigg Savings Board. He was a lifelong member of the Huddersfield Technical School and Mechanics' Institute.

In later life he spent time convalescing at seaside resorts and his last Council appearance was at the November 1891 meeting, after which his health went into decline and he was confined to bed.


He was born on 29 March 1817 in Salendine Nook, Lindley, the son of woollen manufacturer James Mellor and his wife Ruth (née Sanderson).

He married Harriet Kilner (c.1817-1863) in 1844 at the Independent Chapel, Ramsden Street. The couple lived at Cote Royd, Edgerton, and had at least seven children together before she died on 13 May 1863, aged 46.

He married his second wife, Eliza Ann Helliwell (1825-1905), in 1865.

Wright Mellor died 17 May 1893, aged 76. His probate record listed effects to the value of over £79,563.

Eliza Ann died 16 April 1905, aged 80. At the time she was residing at Ebor Mount in Huddersfield.


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