Oates Bairstow (1812-1889)

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Oates Bairstow was born in Heckmondwike, the son of James and Martha Bairstow, and was baptised on 31 March 1812 at Halifax.

He founded the clothing manufacturing firm of Messrs. Bairstow of Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield.

He was the father of James Oates Bairstow and the grandfather of noted organist and composer Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow (1874–1946).

He married his second wife Sarah Ann Vickerman in 1865.

He was voted onto the newly-formed Huddersfield Town Council in September 1868 to represent the Huddersfield North Ward, narrowly beating wool merchant Richard Porritt by 17 votes.[1]

Oates Bairstow of 3 West Hill, Huddersfield, died aged 77 on 27 February 1889.

Census Returns

  • 1851 — master woollen draper (aged 39) residing at 18 Union Street, Halifax, with his wife Hannah, one son, three daughters, and mother-in-law
  • 1861 — woollen cloth merchant (aged 49) residing at 1 Manchester Street, Huddersfield, with his wife Hannah, three sons, four daughters, and mother-in-law
  • 1871 — woollen merchant employing 9 men and 3 boys (aged 59) residing at Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield, with his second wife Sarah Ann, three sons, 2 daughters, and three stepsons
  • 1881 — woollen merchant (aged 69) residing at 76 Fitzwilliam Street, Huddersfield, with his wife Sarah Ann and a stepson


Halifax Courier (02/Mar/1889):

Death of Mr. Oates Bairstow. — This gentleman, brother to Councillor James Bairstow, J.P., of Halifax, died on Wednesday, at his residence, West Hill, Huddersfield, at the age of 77 years. He was born at Heckmondwike. Subsequently he came with his parents to Halifax, and, in 1832, through the influence of the late Judge Stansfeld, obtained a situation in Her Majesty's Customs at Liverpool. He rose from one post to another, but the superior offices not being open to day-pay officers, he resigned, after 17 years' service, and went into partnership with his brother, Mr. James Bairstow, in Halifax. The two carried on business together in the woollen trade for four years, at the end of which period deceased left the partnership and commenced on his own account as a woollen merchant at Huddersfield, where he continued trading for about 25 years. Since 1879 he has carried on business as a ready made clothier. Deceased will be interred in the Huddersfield Cemetery this morning.

Notes and References

  1. "Election of Town Councillors" in Huddersfield Chronicle (26/Sep/1868).