Biography - Brief Details
on April 28th 1837 to John and Mary Dewhurst in Stone Cross Lane, Lowton,
near Wigan, Lancashire.
was their third son, the fourth child of a total of five.
was born in1790, in Wigan.
was born in 1795 in Wigan.
married August 5th 1828 at All Saints Church, Wigan
John Dewhurst had a variety of jobs:
1829 - Provision Merchant in Millgate, Wigan.
1831 - Licensed Victualler, Wallgate, Wigan
- Police Officer, Millgate, Wigan
- Jail Turnkey
- 1844 Governor of Wigan
Workhouse, Frog Lane
1855 - recorded as being a Provision Merchant
- Innkeeper of the Hare and
Hounds in Stone Cross Lane, Lowton.
- Retired and described as a ‘gentleman’
b. September 9th 1829.
Lucy b. September
20th 1831 Wigan.
1851 living with her married stepsister Mary in Market Place, Wigan.
1855 married Richard Smith.
son James became the business manager of the Theatre Royal Leigh when Jonathan
was Lessee and Manager.
Henry b. October 4th
1833 in Wigan
Rebecca b. October
Married Joseph Taylor, a Master Clogger, in 1861
Philip Taylor, co-author of Jonathan
Dewhurst, is her great-grandson.
School in Wigan: Miss Cartwright’s at Mab’s Cross
Spry’s school in Rodney Street
Institute in Manchester
Jonathan the Young Man
- aged15 - Jonathan started work at the editorial offices of the Leigh Chronicle
recorded as living with brother John in Manchester and
working at the Atlas Works of Sharp, Stewart and Co. - where John was Chief
of places in Jonathan's Life
Inspiration for the Stage
living with John in Manchester - Jonathan visited the Theatre Royal to see
the renowned Irish Shakespearian Actor Barry Sullivan (1821
style has been described as ‘majestic, flamboyant and passionate’.
some stage Jonathan left Manchester to work as a grocer’s assistant
in a shop on Market Square, Leigh (where the Town Hall now stands).
rather bizarre circumstances Jonathan was dismissed from his job as grocer's
assistant, but given a 'note' of recommendation to Mr Charles Calvert, the
famous actor- manager, who had recently been appointed manager of the newly
built Prince's Theatre in Manchester.
professional appearance - at age of 27 - was on April 5th 1865 in Louis
XI at the Prince's Theatre.
included the noted actors Henry Irving and Frederick Maccabe as well as
here for brief details of Jonathan's career
here for details of Jonathan's overseas tours
here for details of Jonathan's major roles