Dr. Joseph Hesslegrave (c.1820-1880)

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).

He married Alice Hill Wood[1] of Glossop, daughter of cotton manufacturer John Wood, on 19 April 1845 at Huddersfield Parish Church. They had three known children:

  • John Wood Hesslegrave (c.1850-?)
  • Samuel Hill Hesslegrave (c.1854-1862)
  • Daniel Haigh Hesslegrave (c.1855-1916)[2]

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.

He served as a director of the Marsden Gas Company during the 1860s.[3]

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.[4] He remained in that role until his death, after being reappointed in 1877.[5]

Joseph Hesslegrave died on 3 March 1880, aged 60, and was buried on 6 March at St. Bartholomew in Marsden.

Notes and References

  1. Born around 1821 in Liverpool.
  2. Died on 12 August 1916 at The Hoes, Hoylake, Cheshire.
  3. "Marsden: The Gas Company" in Huddersfield Chronicle (15/Feb/1862).
  4. "Appointment of Medical Officer and Sanitary Inspector for the Colne Valley" in Huddersfield Chronicle (05/Jul/1873).
  5. "Marsden-in-Almondbury" in Huddersfield Chronicle (29/Dec/1877).