Samuel Hadfield

an antiquary of Haughton and Denton, Lancashire

Samuel Hadfield (4 Jun 1825-23 Jul 1901) was born to John Hadfield and Betty Robinson who were married at Manchester Cathedral on the 9 Jun 1823. He was born in a cottage on Old Broom Lane, Haughton, and he was resident there all his life. He married Susannah Cheetham at Christ Church, Denton, on the 14 Jan 1854 and this was the first ever celebrated at this church. The couple had three children, all born at their cottage, William Greswell (1856), Edward Greswell (1857) and Jane (1860).

At first he worked as a weaver at Kingston Mill, Hyde, but afterwards he went into the hatting industry at Denton. From an early age he took an interest in local history and wrote accounts of Denton hatting folk and of the Denton and Haughton Volunteers. He is probably best known for the assistance he gave to the Revd John Booker when he was writing his book, ‘A History of the Ancient Chapel of Denton’.

Exterior and interior of Samuel Hadfield's cottage.

Corps of Denton and Haughton Volunteers
This corps was raised in 1803 when England was threatened with invasion during the Napoleonic Wars and about 60 men were mustered. One of the most prominent founders of the corps was the Revd William Parr Greswell. The corps drilled on a plot of land near Crown Point and on Harrison’s Field at Chapel Green. Their uniforms were; red tunics, faced with blue, and black breeches and leggings. Known volunteers are:

Officers NCOs John Peacock, Captain William Cooke, Fugleman¹ George Bowler, Lieutenant Abraham Brierley, Fifer² John Cooke, Lieutenant Samuel Hardy, Fifer² John Bond, Ensign (2nd Lieutenant) James Higginbotham, Drill Sergeant William Seddon, Drill Sergeant Samuel Cooke, Sergeant Thomas Hadfield, Sergeant   Men Samuel Andrew John Crofts Nathan Knowles John Arrundale Jonathan Etchells Thomas Knowles Robert Ashworth John Farmer James Lees James Axon Joseph Fidler Joseph Lees Samuel Axon Robert Fidler Samuel Lees William Band Daniel Foster Samuel Robinson Swinlest Bond William Hall William Stopford Charles Booth John Hardy James Taylor Abel Booth John Haughton John Taylor James Booth George Hibbert Joseph Thornhill Joseph Booth Daniel Holland William Wareham Thomas Booth James Howarth John Wild Charles Bridge James Jackson Thomas Wright John Crabtree John Knott

¹A fugleman (from the German word, Flügelmann, literally ‘wing man’ but usually meaning ‘file leader’) was originally a soldier at the head of a line of soldiers serving as a model in their drill exercises.
²A fifer is a soldier who plays a fife, a musical instrument similar to a piccolo.

Further Reading
Middleton, Thomas, 1936. History of Denton and Haughton. Hamnett Street, Hyde: J Andrew & Co Ltd.