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Merchant's College, Blackpool 1869-1880.

 The College Francais at South Shore, Blackpool, was taken over by Isaac Gregory F.R.G.S. in 1869.
Isaac Gregory and Chorlton Hall Academy, Manchester.

Advert for Chorlton Hall Academy, 1848. Born in Nottingham c1820, he married Jane Ann, daughter of John Waterson, of Ardwick, Manchester, on Christmas Eve, 1847. In 1848, he opened a classical, mathematical & commercial academy at Chorlton Hall, Rutland Street, Chorlton on Medlock.

In 1859, the school moved to Daisy Bank, Victoria Park, changing the name to Chorlton House School.

 

The Roll of Honour.

A medallion from Chorlton Hall Academy

A medallion from Chorlton Hall Academy c1848. The 'Roll of Honour' was a kind of private society to which the older boys belonged. After the initiate had taken an obligation he signed the roll and sealed it, using the expression "not words but deeds" in the presence of all the scholars. The president invested the newly-made member of the roll with a sash and presented him with a medal inclosed in a case.

  The move to Blackpool.

 Isaac Gregory's school moved to Blackpool during the summer holiday of 1869, entering the building previously occupied by the College Francais. The school was renamed the Merchants' College and his son Thomas was the Assistant Master.

 Advert for Isaac Grerory's Merchant's College, Blackpool, July, 1869.
 Fylde Cricket Club v Merchants' College, Blackpool, 1st May, 1875.

 Isaac was elected to Blackpool Local Board (Town Council), but this was short lived. When he was put on the Blackpool Free Library committee but at the first meeting he sent in his letter of resignation, stating that he thought novels would find their way onto the shelves.1 

He regularly contributed his opinions in letters to newspapers on subjects as diverse as 'smallpox pitting of the skin' to 'coal mining'.

A lifelong liberal, in 1878 he changed allegiance and critisized the former (and future) Prime Minister, William Gladstone, sparking a very public argument carried on between the two, via the letters columns of the newspapers.

Merchants' College, Blackpool, on 2nd April 1871, Census Day.

 

Name 

Position 

Age 

Occupation 

Place of Birth. 

Isaac Gregory  

head 

50 

Schoolmaster 

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Jane Ann Gregory 

wife 

41 

----- 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Thomas Gregory 

son 

22 

Assistant Master  

Manchester, Lancashire 

Harold Gregory 

son 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Granville Gregory 

son 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Beatrice Gregory 

daughter 

----- 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Stanley Gregory 

son 

----- 

Blackpool, Lancashire 

Mary Dalgleshe 

servant 

23 

Housemaid 

Chorlton on Medlock 

Eleanor Yates 

servant 

45 

Cook 

Liverpool, Lancashire

Betsy Duckworth 

servant 

17  

under housemaid 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Elizabeth Warrens 

servant 

12 

nursery maid  

Swinbourne 

Lucy Housley 

servant 

25 

Nurse/wardrobe woman 

Woodhouse Notts 

George Goslett 

visitor 

48 

Agent, Midland Railway Co.  

Dublin, Ireland

Mary Goslett 

visitor 

38 

------ 

Leatherhead, Surrey 

John Gregory 

son 

20 

clerk 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Frank Crowther 

pupil 

14 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

John H Clemson  

pupil 

15 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

John F Carswell 

pupil 

11 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Frank Cunliffe 

pupil 

13 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Henry R Dacre 

pupil 

13 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

George S W Goslett 

pupil 

13 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Charles A Goslett 

pupil 

10 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Walter Grimes 

pupil 

12 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

James Gregson 

pupil 

11 

scholar 

Openshaw, Lancashire 

Valentine A Hampshire 

pupil 

14 

scholar 

Liverpool, Lancashire 

Henry A Higginbottom 

pupil 

14 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Ralph G Heathcote  

pupil 

12 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Hartley Jackson  

pupil 

17 

scholar 

Burnley, Lancashire 

Richard Kirkwood 

pupil 

14 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

William E Lean  

pupil 

12 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Joseph Laycock  

pupil 

13 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Charles Martyne  

pupil 

17 

scholar 

Birmingham, Warwickshire 

John C Mitchell 

pupil 

15 

scholar 

Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire 

John L Richardson  

pupil 

13 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Harker Simpson  

pupil 

15 

scholar 

Alderley, Cheshire 

John Stead 

pupil 

15 

scholar 

Carlisle, Cumberland 

John A Slater 

pupil 

12 

scholar 

Bolton, Lancashire 

Herbert Smith 

pupil 

11 

scholar 

Sheffield, Yorkshire 

Anthony Sewell 

pupil 

12 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Harry A Shoesmith  

pupil 

11 

scholar 

Pimlico, London 

Robert W Shoesmith  

pupil 

scholar 

Halifax, Yorkshire 

Sydney H Stephenson  

pupil 

scholar 

Nottingham, Notts  

Ernest A Simmons 

pupil 

10 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Joseph Twernlow 

pupil 

16 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

William D Taylor  

pupil 

14 

scholar 

Malton, Yorkshire 

Charles H Willcock 

pupil 

14 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

James Willcock 

pupil 

13 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Frank R Webber  

pupil 

12 

scholar 

Salford, Manchester, Lancashire 

Frederick Whiteley  

pupil 

13 

scholar 

Stapleford,Nottinghamshire 

Samuel A Wittnauer  

pupil 

12 

scholar 

Neuchatel, Switzerland 

Law H Brown 

pupil 

14 

scholar 

Burnley, Lancashire 

Herbert E Brown  

pupil 

13 

scholar 

Manchester, Lancashire 

Constantine L Apostol  

pupil 

18 

scholar 

Smyrna, Turkey 

Stephen Spartale  

pupil 

18 

scholar 

Smyrna, Turkey 

William J Schaffaer 

teacher 

33 

Assistant master  

Basle, Switzerland 

Herbert J George

teacher 

28 

Assistant master  

Plymouth, Devon 



The move to North Shore.

Isaac's wife, Jane Ann, died about 1876 and he remarried about 18 months later.2 On 13th May, 1880 Isaac died suddenly of pneumonia, aged 60.

After Isaac's death the the school at South Shore was sold.  The college building was put up for auction in September. It then contained drawing, dining and breakfast rooms, 5 sitting rooms, study, library, and a large schoolroom, 40 bedrooms with bathrooms and lavatories, 2 kitchens, housemaids, cooks and butlers pantries. 

By December the contents of the College were put up for auction by Isaac’s second wife of just a few years.  This was a four day affair with the choice cellar of wine not going until the last day! The building was later enlarged and became the Queen's Hydro (now the Queen's Hotel).3

Farington Ladies College, Rutland Gate, Claremont Park,North Promenade, Blackpool, in the 1880s.

Rutland Gate, North Promenade, Blackpool. In 1881, two of Isaac's children, Thomas and Bertrand, reopened the school in premises further along the promenade, in Claremont Park. The address was 10 Rutland Gate and they continued running the school there for several years.

 

 

 

Advert for Merchants' College in 1882.

Advert for Merchants' College in 1882.

Farington Ladies College.

Advert for Farrington Ladies College, 1888. 

Miss Emily Power was the daughter of Henry Power, Vicar of Farington, Lancashire, and by 1888 had taken over the school, renaming it Farington Ladies College.

 

 

 

 

Farington Ladies College on Census Day, 5th April, 1891

 Name  Position Age  Occupation  Place of birth
 Emily Anne Power  head  43  School Principal  Farington, lancs
 Mary Mealey  servant  28  cook  Wolverhampton, Staffs
 Elizabeth Bowles  servant  59  laundress  Coventry, Warwick
 Clara Bradley  servant  21  housemaid  Willinhall, Staffs
 William Sandy  servant  14  page boy  U.S.A. (British Subject)
 Mary Topping  visitor  52  living by own means  Myerscough, Lancs
 Elizabeth C Topping  pupil  15  scholar  Blackpool, Lancs
 Lilian Elizabeth Lobb  pupil  19  scholar  India (British Subject)
 Ethel Bronwen Poole  teacher  24  music proffessor  Hereford
 K E H Murdoch  pupil  18  scholar  Preston, Lancs
 Edith Bridge  pupil  15  scholar  Manchester, Lancs
 S J Grimshaw  pupil  17  scholar  Clayton Bridge, Lancs
 E L Wolfenden  pupil  17  scholar  Manchester, Lancs
 Catherine Roberts  pupil  16  scholar  Nelson, Lancs
 F Mary West  pupil  16  scholar  Manchester, Lancs
 Maude Travis  governess  21  school governess  Heaton Chapel, Cheshire
 R Whittaker Budd  son   7  scholar  Sheffield, Yorks
 F Geoffrey Budd  son  4  scholar  Lytham, Lancs
 Mary Ann Welby  servant  28  domestic servant  Sale, Lancs

  
 The college only lasted a few years with Miss Power as principal; she left Blackpool to open a boarding house at New Brighton about 1893 and fell into financial difficulties.

1 Quoted from a presentation given by Ann Lightbown.
2 Ancestry Website.
3 Quoted from a presentation given by Ann Lightbown.

 

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