Benjamin Heywood

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Benjamin Heywood
Born 12 December 1793
Manchester, U.K.
Died 11 August 1865
Occupation Banker
Children 3 sons
Parent(s) Nathaniel Heywood
Ann Percival
Relatives Thomas Percival (maternal grandfather)
James Heywood (brother)

Sir Benjamin Heywood, 1st Baronet FRS (12 December 1793 – 11 August 1865) was an English banker and philanthropist.

Early life[edit]

Benjamin Heywood was born on 12 December 1793 in St Ann's Square, Manchester. He was the grandson of Thomas Percival, the son of Nathaniel Heywood and Ann Percival, the brother to Thomas Heywood and James Heywood, and the nephew to Samuel Heywood. He lived at "Claremont" to the north west of the city centre in Irlams o' th' Height.[1] He graduated from the University of Glasgow.


Heywood entered his father's bank becoming a partner in 1814 and sole proprietor in 1828. He was an enthusiast for workers' education and was a founder of the Manchester Mechanics' Institute, serving as its president from 1825 until 1840. Heywood briefly served as Member of Parliament for Lancashire from 1831 until 1832, receiving his baronetcy in recognition of his work in support of the 1832 Reform Bill. He was also active in the Manchester Statistical Society.[1]

Personal life[edit]

The family had a strong affinity with the south Derbyshire and Staffordshire area and bought a summer retreat at Dove Leys, near Denstone (When the Claremont area (Irlams o' th' Height) of Pendleton, Salford, was built up, many of the streets were given names such as Duffield Road, Doveleys Road, Denstone Road, among others.)[citation needed]

He was the father of:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e McConnell (2004)


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Wilson-Patten and
Edward Smith-Stanley, Baron Stanley
Member of Parliament for Lancashire
With: Edward Smith-Stanley, Baron Stanley
Constituency abolished
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Claremont, Lancashire)
Succeeded by
Thomas Percival Heywood