Denton Town Hall
Now a Library

Town Hall, Albert Street, Denton, now a Library
The town hall opened as a free library and it was erected during 1888-89 in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. It is of red brick construction in the Italian style and it cost £2,700 to build.


Town Hall, 24 July 2005.


Queen Victoria

Prince Albert

The laying of the foundation stone was reported in the Manchester Times on Saturday, 5 May 1888.

The opening ceremony was reported in Manchester Times on Saturday, 7 September 1889 as follows:

Subsequently, the Free Library & Technical School was built in Peel Street and the original library was then converted into the town hall, which was opened on the 6 March 1899 by the Chairman of Denton Urban District Council, Councillor Thomas Woolfenden JP. The reason for this is that on the 19 April 1894, the Local Boards of Denton and Haughton had amalgamated to form Denton Urban District Council and this meant that more accommodation was needed for an increase in the number of councillors. Accordingly, it was decided to use the free library as the town hall and the conversion work was done by Joseph Clayton at a cost of £800.

Thomas Woolfenden was born in Denton in 1851 and he was a hat manufacturer at Dane Bank. In 1901 he was living at 106 Manchester Road, Denton. Joseph Clayton was born in Audenshaw in 1838 and he was a building contractor. In 1901 he was living at 266 Manchester Road, Denton.

Slater's Trade Directory for 1911 lists the following officials:


Foundation Stone, 24 July 2005.*

*Edward John Sidebotham MB JP, who laid the town hall foundation stone, was a major landowner in Haughton, which had amalgamated with Denton in 1884. He was born 1860 at Ashton-on-Mersey, Cheshire, and in 1891 he was a retired medical practitioner living at Erlesdene, Green Walk, Bowdon, Cheshire.

The former Council Chamber, 16 June 2007.Panel listing the Chairmen of Denton Council, 16 June 2007.
Chairmen of Denton Council from 1895 until its dissolution in April 1974.
William Howe 1895-6 Edwin Oldham 1896-7 Thomas Woolfenden 1897-8 Thomas Woolfenden 1898-9 Peter Richardson 1899-1900 Jonathan Moores 1900-01 John James Duncan 1901-02 Joseph Linney 1902-3 A B Moores 1903-04 Thomas Mallalieu 1904-05 Joshua Broadbent 1905-06 John T Hulse 1906-07 William Thorpe 1907-08 J A Middleton 1908-09 James A Middleton 1909-10 Charles W Smith 1910-11 Alfred Brown 1911-12 Alfred Brown 1912-13 Robert Harrison 1913-14 Robert Harrison 1914-15 William Ollerenshaw 1915-16 Albert Edwin Ollis 1916-17 George Lowerson 1917-18 Edward William Slater 1918-19 John Bardsley 1919-20   John Bardsley 1920-21 William Chadwick 1921-22 William Chadwick 1922-23 George Henry Patchett 1923-24 Thomas Mallalieu 1924-25 Thomas Booth Moores 1925-26 Thomas Booth Moores 1926-27 Alfred Brown 1927-28 Fred Worthington 1928-29 Fred Worthington 1929-30 Fred Worthington 1930-31 John Bardsley 1931-32 John Bardsley 1932-33 John Bardsley 1933-34 Thomas Henry Whiteley 1934-35 Thomas Henry Whiteley 1935-36 T Kirk 1936-37 T Kirk 1937-38 W G Smith 1938-39 S Morrow 1939-40 G P West 1940-41 J Roberts 1941-42 F Thompson 1942-43   P Wilson 1943-44 J H Booth 1944-45 J W Blackshaw 1945-46 Mrs M J Clephan 1946-47 S Walker 1947-48 R E Mather 1948-49 W Houghton 1949-50 A Hewitt 1950-51 Mrs E W Brown 1951-52 B McMahon 1952-53 E Doodson 1953-54 W H Marsland 1954-55 Fred Worthington 1955-56 G R Harris 1956-57 Frank S Ainsworth 1957-58 Mrs M Moores 1958-59 J Devaney 1959-60 H Hallows 1960-61 J R Martin 1961-62 Kenneth Marks 1962-63 P H Armstrong 1963-64 M Wareing 1964-65 E French 1965-66 William T Prescott 1966-67 A Parsonage 1967-68   H Hallows 1968-69 R Abbey 1969-70 N T Smith 1970-71 Fred Adshead 1971-72 J Devaney 1972-73 I McDonald 1973-74

Commemorative staircase window, 16 June 2007.

It bears the Coat-of-Arms of Denton and a commemoration of the Silver Jubilee of King George V.

This window was erected
to commemorate the
Silver Jubilee of the
Reign of His Majesty
King George V. 1910-1935.

Curiously, the upper part of the window shows the Civic Arms of Denton Urban District Council, granted on the 23 March 1936 during the reign of Edward VIII, while the lower part shows that the window was erected to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of George V on the 6 May 1935.

Earlier Local Government
Denton adopted the Local Government Act in 1857 and Haughton adopted it in 1877.

Denton chairmen: 1857: William Peacock 1858-59: John Gould 1860-61: Joseph Baxendale 1862: John Peacock 1863-65: John Bentley 1866-69: Peter Rothwell 1870-71: Mark Taylor 1872-1873: John Wade Taylor 1874: W W Cooke 1875-1876: James Woolfenden 1877-78: William Howe 1879: Thomas Moores 1880: Mark Taylor 1881: Joseph Clayton 1882: James Woolfenden 1882-83: Edwin Walker

Local Government of Denton & Haughton in 1878

Denton Local Board Haughton Local Board
Name Comments Name Comments
William Howe Chairman Rev. Charles James Bowen M.A.† Chairman
Lees Broadbent Samuel Axon
Joseph Clayton J T Birdwhistle
T Gravinar (?) J H Higginbotham
Wiliam Howe Elijah Hyde‡
Charles Marlor William McCandlish
Jonathan Moores Joah Rayner
Thomas Moores Thomas Walker
Peter Rothwell William Walton J.P.
Mark Taylor
Edwin Walker
James Woolfenden
John Brooks Town Clerk Samuel Fidler Town Clerk, Rate Collector &
Surveyor
William J Alkin Medical Officer William J Alkin Medical Officer
Thomas Wharam Surveyor Josiah Moores Nuisance Inspector
T Braithwaite Rate Collector &
Nuisance Inspector

†The 1878 Trade Directory for Denton records that the office of Charles James Bowen, as Chairman of Haughton Local Board, was on Stockport Road.

He was born in Leicester on the 13 March 1833 and he was the son of Thomas Bowen and Mary Davies. He was christened at St Nicholas’s Church, Leicester, on the 29 March 1833. He married Emma Wienholt at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster (often called the parish church of the House of Commons) in 1856. The couple had a son, John Godfrey Wienholt Bowen, who was born in Wellington, Somerset, in 1859. The 1881 census records that he was then the Rector of St Lawrence’s Church, Denton, and he was resident on Moorside Lane, Haughton. By 1891 he had moved to Wroot, Lincolnshire. He died in 1916, aged 83 years, in the Registration District of Thorne, which spans the boundaries of the counties of Lincolnshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire, and includes Wroot.

‡Elijah Hyde was born in Haughton in c.1835 and he married Sarah Collins at St Lawrence's Church in 1860. The 1881 census records that he was a Contractor resident on Hyde Road, Haughton. He died in Chorlton-on-Medlock in 1911, aged 76 years.

On Monday, 29 September 1884 the two independent boards were amalgamated under one authority, known as the Denton and Haughton Local Board. During 1894, amidst much acrimony, the Local Government Board issued an order that the name 'Haughton' was to be struck out of the title, so Denton and Haughton Local Board became Denton Local Board. The townships of Denton and Haughton were then amalgamated by order of Lancashire County Council and the local governing body was henceforth to be known as Denton Urban District Council.

Update
On Monday, 5 January 2015 Denton Town Hall was reopened as a library and this occasion marked the return of the building to its original purpose when it first opened on Saturday, 7 September 1889.