Henry Balshaw 1838-1895


Jun qtr 1838 Altrincham 19 7, (age 42 in 1881), at the shop in Market Street Altrincham, son of Charles Balshaw and Elizabeth.


Printer and Stationer age 22, living with parents at 12 High St, on 1861 census, Auctioneer 1881.

Living in Dunham Road, Altrincham. 1881 census Piece 3503 Folio 66 Page 2.

In 1868 went into partnership with his father, having served his apprenticeship with his father's business. His father died the following year but he kept the business until 1891 when it was taken over by Mr Alfred Howard.

Altrincham and Bowdon Guardian, December 11 1869. Advertisement for Charles and Henry Balshaw, Auctioneers and Appraisers, House, Land and Estate Agents, 12 High Street and Dunham Road, Altrincham. [Note that Charles had died earlier in the year.]

He was a director of the Altrincham gas company and one of the trustees of the Altrincham Workhouse Charity. He was a member of the Altrincham Local Board, 1872-8. He succeded his father in the position of High Bailiff, and was Mayor of Altrincham on two occasions, (1882 and 1883). (See Greater Altrincham -its local government.) He was a member of the Stamford Lodge of Freemasons, and was an honorary member of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows.

In 1892 he left Altrincham to move to Waterloo, Liverpool. He lived at No 36 Waterloo Road, Waterloo in the County of Lancaster.


Probably not married by 1881, but his obituary does say that he left a widow, Eleanor Susan Molloy Balshaw.

Head of household 1881 Elizabeth Balshaw. (See mother, Elizabeth Rowbotham).

See an estimate for printing catalogues for the Literary Institution, 1870.

Altrincham and Bowdon Guardian, Saturday January 2 1875. Stamford Lodge of Freemasons. Grand Masonic Ball advertisement . . . mentions Bro. H Balshaw of High St.


Of pneumonia in Waterloo, Wednesday 20th March, 1895, (the funeral arrangements were carried out by Jones of Seel Street, Liverpool). Announcement of death published in the Altrincham Guardian, Saturday March 24th, and report of the funeral (which took place on March 24th) was printed on March 27th.

He was buried at St Mary's, Bowdon, where a gravestone carries the following inscription:

In loving memory of my husband Henry Balshaw who died 20th March, 1895 aged 56 years
Oh for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is still
In memory of Martha Metcalf [his sister] daughter of Charles & Elizabeth Balshaw of Altrincham who died August 5th, 1866 aged 23 years.
Also the above Charles Balshaw [his father] who died 14 January, 1869 aged 55 years.
Also Elizabeth [his mother] wife of the above who died August 23rd, 1885 aged 73.  

His will is one of the most drawn out and uninteresting that I have ever seen!  Have copy of will. 

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