Waddington, Anthony Leonard (1852-1913)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine

The Brighouse and Greetland Circuit has suffered a great loss by the death of Mr. A.L. Waddington on August 8th, 1913. He was born at Grimsby in 1852, and joined the Church in 1879. Appointed society steward the following year, he held this office for twenty-seven years, and then only relinquished it on account of ill-health. For many years he acted as school superintendent and also served as assistant circuit steward. He never permitted pressure of business to stand as an excuse tor neglecting religious duties. His religion was a very real thing. He was loved by all who knew him. 

We laid him to rest in the Brighouse Cemetery, the service being conducted in the Lanehead Church by Rev. W.H. Matthews and Mr. J. Saxton, A memorial service was held on August 24th.


Anthony was born in early 1852 at Grimsby, Lincolnshire, to parents William Sharp Waddington, a brush maker (1851), and Susanna Smith.

Census returns identify the following occupations for Anthony.

  • 1871 carrier
  • 1881 plumber
  • 1891 plumber
  • 1901 plumber
  • 1911 plumber & glazier

He married Jane Hiley (1853-1890) on 25 March 1871 at St John the Baptist, Halifax, Yorkshire. Census returns identify five children.

  • Annie (1874-1947) – a silk spinner (1891); married Joe Crowther, a corporation water department labourer (1911), in 1898
  • Thomas (1876-1891) – a silk operative (1891)
  • William (1877-1900) – a silk operative (1891)
  • Emily (1882-1955) – a confectioner (1901); married Herbert Hoyle, a joiner (1921), in 1901
  • John (1886-1951) – a plumber and glazier nurseryman (1911)

He married Martha Clayton, nee Hiley (1849-1938) in the spring of 1891 in the Halifax Registration District, Yorkshire.

Anthony died on 8 August 1913 at Brighouse, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1914/243

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