Edward John Wood Waterhouse (1823-1880)

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Edward John Wood Waterhouse was a colliery owner and fire brick manufacturer.

He served as a councillor on Lindley Local Board and Huddersfield Town Council, and was a Justice of the Peace.


He was born in Lindley, the son of James and Susanna Waterhouse, and was baptised on 11 August 1823 at St. James's Church, Slaithwaite.

He married Maria Crosland, the youngest daughter of the late Joshua Crosland of Paddock, on 19 June 1856 at Huddersfield Parish Church. She died aged 24 on 8 September 1857.

He married Hannah Crossley, daughter of Luke Crossley, on 3 November 1859 at Elland.

He was elected onto the newly-formed Huddersfield Town Council in September 1868 to represent the Lindley-cum-Quarmby Ward. He retired from the position in 1872 due to health issues.

Edward John Wood Waterhouse of Holly Bank, Lindley, died on 26 November 1880.

Hannah Waterhouse died aged 80 on 19 December 1910.

Census Returns

  • 1871 — magistrate, town clerk, landowner and fire brick manufacturer(aged 47) residing at Holly Bank, Lindley, with his wife Hannah, 4 sons and 3 daughters


Huddersfield Chronicle (30/Nov/1880):

In our obituary column last Saturday was announced the death on the previous day of John Edward Wood Waterhouse, Esq., J.P., at his residence Holly Bank, Lindley, at the age of 57 years. [...] Mr. Waterhouse was a member of the Lindley Local Board at the same time the scheme for the Incorporation of the borough was before the public. He was chosen to represent the Board on the Charter Committee, and on the incorporation of the borough was elected as a Councillor for the Lindley Ward. In the following year, when the Borough Bench was created, his name was placed on the first commission of the peace by the Lord Chancellor. His attention to his duties as a member of the Charter Committee, and as a member of the Council was most assiduous, and in acting either in his municipal or magisterial capacity he was invariably amiable and courteous, and united with those qualifications considerable intelligence and judgment. His business was that of a colliery proprietor, but about the year 1872 he was afflicted with blindness, and since then he has relinquished all public business. In religion Mr. Waterhouse was a churchman; in politics he was a Conservative.