SOUTHPORT STRANGERS CHARITY

1853

1853

Southport Visiter, May 1853

Southport Strangers Charity

This institution, which as now been in active operation for almost half a century, was founded for the purpose of providing medical assistance, combined with sea air and bathing, for those poor sick strangers who were unable themselves to obtain these necessary benefits.

The scheme of the institution, continued to the present time was that each subscriber of 24s per annum should be at liberty to recommend one patient, who, on the production of a medical certificate, should be entitled to the benefit of the charity for a period of 3 weeks, such benefits, being a weekly payment to the patient of 7s, medical attendance, medicine and bathing.

The usefulness of the institution is fully shown by the fact that a number of patients, which in 1809 was 49 has regularly increased, until the past year was above 650. Out of the 7s provided per week to each patient, they at present provide themselves with lodgings in the cottages in the village for which they pay 2s per week, this plan of providing lodgings in the village during the institutions infancy, whilst the number of patients was small, no doubt worked satisfactorily, has for some years been felt by those interested in the institution to be a most serious defect. In the height of the season when the number of patients in the books averages from 120 to 140, the patients are necessarily so crowded together in their lodgings as in a great measure to counteract the benefit they would otherwise receive. To show this statement is not made without ample grounds, in one cottage consisting of 6 small rooms, all close together and with little ventilation, 18 patients each suffering from disease, were found in July 1851, sleeping every night.

To provide a remedy for this state of things and to carry into effect the good designs of the benevolent individuals who founded the institution, several meetings of the committee and others interested in its welfare have been held, the result of the meetings has been a resolution to erect a simple and well ventilated building, in which to lodge the patients and to secure to each a bed. For this purpose a plot of land containing 6,240 sq yds, adjacent to the sea, has been purchased at a cost of £566-13s-4d.

The present subscription to the institution, which has been found sufficient to give to each patient, the advantages before mentioned and to pay expenses necessarily incurred, it is expected to continue to be the case on the erection of the new building. The scheme of the charity will remain the same, but in lieu of the five eights of patients paying, as they do now, 2s per week for crowded and ill-ventilated lodging they will pay the institution similar for an airy and well ventilated lodging.

The building to be erected will contain 104 beds, and as a large sum is still required to complete the undertaking, the committee feel assured that the subject only need be brought before the public to secure their hearty assistance.

Subscriptions will be thankfully received in Southport by the Chairman, Secretary and the Rev G. GREATBATCH. in Manchester by W. LANGTON Esq and Sir B. HEYWOOD Bart and Co, and in Liverpool by Peter EWART Esq.

The subscriptions mentioned amounting to £3,250 have been already paid leaving a deficiency. The committee cannot proceed without further help, and again, throw themselves and their most important charity on the generosity of the public.

By order of the committee, James DARWELL, Chairman, Benjamin S. CLARKE, Secretary.

Subscribers to the Strangers Society

£500, Samuel ALCOCK, Esq

£100, Gilbert WINTER, Alexander HENRY

£50, Sir B. HEYWOOD, Bart, Miss ATHERTON, S. D. DARBISHIRE, Esq, Thomas BARNES, Esq, The Mayor of Manchester. Edward LOYD Esq, Henry KELSALL Esq, James LEE Esq

£30, Daniel GRANT Esq.

£25, James HEYWOOD Esq, MP, Messers BELLHOUSE, J. C. HARTER Esq, Edward TOOTAL Esq, John ROBERTSON Esq, James DARWELL Esq, James LONGTON Esq, William TETLOW Esq, T. T. TAYLOR Esq, Peter WOOD Esq, MD, Rt Hon Earl Crawford of Balcarres, Rt Hon T. PEMBERTON [Leigh], J. LEESE Esq, C. C. WORSLEY Esq, J. H. AINSWORTH Esq, Messers Thos HOULDSWORTH and Co, Miss MARSHALL, Thomas DARWELL Esq.

£21, John FERNLEY Esq, John MUNN Esq, Sir John POTTER and T. B. POTTER Esq, Sir Elkanah ARMITAGE and Sons.

£20, Arthur H. HEYWOOD Esq, Edward LOYD Jnr Esq, John HARGREAVES Esq, S. SCHWABE Esq, W. C. BROOKS Esq, Col CLOWES, Messers GARDNER and BAZLEY, Messers G and R. DEWHURST, James KERSHAW Esq, MP, William ENTWISLE Esq, R. W. BARTON Esq, William NEILD Esq

£15, a friend per J. N. JOYNSON Esq.

£12-10s, Messers POTTERS and NORRIS [Holmfirth returned dividend].

£10-10s, William ECCLES Esq, JP, George and James SLATER, T. Ridgway BRIDSON Esq.

£10, Charles SOUCHAY Esq, Joseph EWART Esq, Mrs WILDES, Mrs S. SCHWABE, John WOODCOCK Esq, R. H. GREG Esq, Miss M. HEALD, James REISS Esq, William KESSLER Esq, W. C. JONES Esq, Capt WHITTAKER, Thomas PRICKETT Esq, Edward WESTHEAD Esq, Rev J. J. HORNBY, Miss MC CONNELL, William MC CONNELL Esq, William HARTER Esq, Mrs YOUNG and friends, Stephen BLAIR Esq, James ECKERSLEY Esq, Nathaniel ECKERSLEY Esq, J. SATTERSFIELD Esq, Thomas HUNTER Esq, Richard PRESCOTT Esq, Mrs WILLIS, Oswald MILNE Esq, John WOODCOCK Esq, [2nd donation], Miss WOOD, Miss H. WOOD, Mrs HORRIDGE, Messers E and J. JACKSON [Holmfirth returned dividend], T. Weld BLUNDELL Esq, Miss HEALD, Mark PHILLIPS Esq, Leoplold REISS Esq, C. M. and Co, Edward C. BUXTON Esq, a friend per Mr LANGTON, Thomas COOKE Esq, William HIMMERS Esq, Miss HOLME, George WOOD Esq, George F. COOKE Esq, Samuel FLETCHER Esq, Thomas BINYON Esq, Alexander LIEBERT Esq, Edmund LYON Esq, MD, James CHEETHAM Esq, MP, Samuel BREWIS Esq, Mrs FARINGTON, James GEE Esq.

£5-5s, Edward WOODCOCK Esq, Rev Canon SERGEANT.

£5, Miss GILDART, John BILL Esq, R. D. DARBISHIRE Esq, R. GLADSONE Esq, Mrs PARKER, R. S. BARLOW Esq, T. G. ELLINTHORPE Esq, E. J. LONGTON Esq, Henry CHARLEWOOD Esq, James CHADWICK Esq, William BEAUMONT Esq, Mary FIELD, F. MC CONNELL Esq, Edmond ASHWORTH Esq, Miss LEES, Miss EWART, Miss M. A. EWART, Mrs THACKERAY, James MURRAY Esq, Robert BROWN Esq, Miss ROTHWELL, James SIDEBOTTOM Esq, Mrs BEALEY, Edward JOYNSON Esq, Peter JOYNSON Esq, Rev J. BRIERLY, John OLIVANT Esq, R. J. JONES Esq, James MOTTRAM Esq, Mrs COOKE, Richard HAMPSON Esq, Peter JOYNSON Esq, Eccles, Miss LEIGH, Rev W. J. KIDD, Charles CLOUGH Esq, E. C. MILNE Esq, George DARWELL Esq, Miss GEE, The Misses HEYWOOD, Oldham WHITTAKER Esq, Edwin MELLOR Esq, George MELLOR Esq, Reece BEVAN Esq, Rev C. T. QUIRK, Mrs COOKE 2nd donation, Charles NEUMANN Esq, George LEES Esq, A friend of Mr DARWELL, Mrs WOODCOCK, Rev Canon PARKINSON, Mrs W. AINSWORTH, Miss GADSBY, Thomas DRINKWATER Esq, John OLIVANT Esq, 2nd donation, Robert CHADWICK Esq, Samuel GASKELL Esq, W. LITTON Esq and the Misses LITTON, A. H. HEYWOOD Esq 2nd donation, Henry BURY Esq, A friend per Mr DARWELL, Miss BLUNDELL, Samuel HEGINBOTTOM Esq, W. WOODWARD Esq, James HASLEM Esq, Robert BARBOUR Esq, H. P. REE Esq, T. R. CHAPPELL Esq, George LYON Esq, Rev Canon SLADE, J. Robinson KAY Esq, John BRIGHT and Bros, John SHARPE Esq, John HICK Esq, Joseph DONNELL Esq, Joseph JONES Esq, James HARDCASTLE Esq, The Misses HEYWOOD 2nd donation [Holmfirth returned dividend], Robert HAMPSON Esq, Robert KNOWLES Esq, Richard BEALEY Esq, Joseph CROMPTON Esq, James CONSTERDINE Esq, Hon Mrs B. WILBRAHAM, Richard HOLE Esq, John LOMAX Esq

£3-3s, John ACTON Esq, Miss COOKE

£3, Lady ELLESMERE, Miss HOLLAND, Mrs Samuel TAYLOR, Miss GREGSON, G. FINDEISEN Esq, Christopher SMITH Esq, Mrs SUTTON, W. JOYNSON Esq, Mrs NORREYS, Friends per Rev T. CLARK, Preston.

£2-10s, Edmund LYON Esq 2nd donation [Holmfirth returned dividend], BEEVER and DARWELL.

£2-2s, Elias CHADWICK Esq, Miss JOYNSON, A friend per Mr DARWELL, Mrs R. J. HALL, Rev B. SWIFT, Charles STEPHENS Esq, W. PARKER Esq, Rev John and Miss WALKER, Robert FRODSHAM Esq, John CHADWICK Esq.

£2, Thomas ORFORD Esq, George DEBUSE, Afriend of Mr ROBERTSON, R. A. HORNBY Esq, Ra LEIGH Esq, James MACRAE Esq, Mrs Matthew GREGSON, James GLOVER Esq, Mr John GREENHALL, Rev H. J. GUNNING, Miss CLEGG, James N. JOYNSON Esq, Miss MOLINEUX, Rev J. R. S. EVANS, James BILLINGE Esq, Friend per JD, Robert HEYWOOD Esq, A friend per J. N. JOYNSON, Rev E. J. HORNBY, Rev W. HESKETH.

£1-1s, Mrs COUPLAND, W. J. TATE Esq, James HERTZ Esq, Rev B. S. CLARKE, William MOCATTA Esq, A friend per Rev W. J. KIDD, A friend per Mr DARWELL, T. F. TAYLOR Esq, J. C. LEACH Esq, F. LEACH Esq, Thomas TAYLOR Esq, B. BAGNALL Esq, N. SHELMERDINE Esq, W. J. BEEVER Esq, Mrs STARKIE, Mrs FRANCE, Rev W. WANNOP.

£1, Thomas PHILLIPS Esq, Miss BIRLEY, Miss L. BIRLEY, A friend per Rev W. J. KIDD, Mr Thomas HALL, Miss TINKER, Rev W. WORSLEY, J. SPENCER Esq, W. JOHNSON Esq, Richard MARSDEN Esq, J. RIGGE Esq, Rev H. C. BOUTFLOWER, Mr T. C. KIDD, Mrs CROCKETT, Miss PENNY, George HADWIN Esq, S. B. HARGREAVE Esq, Mrs MAWDESLEY, Josh BUTTERWORTH Esq, Rev G. B. SANDFORD, John LYONS Esq, Thomas W. HADWIN Esq, Mrs KNOELYS, Miss SLACK, Mrs WORTHINGTON, John Upton GASKELL Esq, Mrs HOUGHTON, William SANDFORD Esq, Mrs HEWSON, Miss HADWIN, Mrs ABLETT, John MC KEAND Esq, Miss MC KEAND, Robert MC KEAND Esq, Friend per Mr J. N. JOYNSON, Rev HOLLINGWORTH, Rev E. POWER, Mrs CLAYTON, Rev E. ASHTON, D. ROSBOTHAM Esq, William SMITH Esq.

10s, Thomas BAKER Esq, friend per Rev B. S. CLARKE, Robert DIROM Esq, L. BEHRENS Esq, M, Mrs H. C. BOUTFLOWER.

5s, a friend per J. N. JOYNSON.

Small sums under 10s per J. WORSLEY

3s, Mrs LANE

Collection

Parish Church, North Meols, per Rev C. HESKETH, £10

Christ Church, Southport, per Rev B. S. CLARKE, £24-2s

Trinity Church, Southport, per Rev J. JACKSON, £12

St Johnís Church, Crossens, per Rev W. CORNWALL, £1-16s-9d

School Room Birkdale, per Rev B. SWIFT, £1-5s-2d

Wesleyan Chapel, Southport, per Rev W. H. SERJEANT, £26-12s-6d

Offertory fund St Thomas, Ardwick Manchester, per Rev W. N. GIBSON, £5

Didsbury Offertory, Holmfirth return fund, per Rev W. J. KIDD, £15-3s-6d

Knowsley, per Rev F. HOPWOOD, £2

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