Dr. Joseph Hesslegrave was a general practitioner who resided for much of his life in Marsden.
He was born circa 1820 in Saddleworth, the son of surveyor Joseph Hesslegrave and his wife Mary (née Lawton).
On 11 December 1845, he became a Freemason, joining the Lodge of Candour in Delph, Saddleworth.
The 1851 and 1861 Censuses list the family living at Buckley Hill, Marsden.
Alice Hill Hesslegrave died on 12 December 1870.
By 1871, he was a widowed general practitioner residing at Ingfield House in Marsden, together with his assistant, 23-year-old medical student Charles Sanderson, who studied at Queens University.
In 1873, he was elected the local Medical Officer and Sanitary Inspector for the Colne Valley, on a salary of £100 per annum. He remained in that role until his death, after being reappointed in 1877.
Joseph Hesslegrave died on 3 March 1880, aged 60, and was buried on 6 March at St. Bartholomew in Marsden.