Born in St Ann's Square, Manchester, grandson of Thomas Percival, son of Nathaniel Heywood and Ann Percival, and brother to Thomas Heywood and James Heywood. He lived at "Claremont" to the north west of the city centre in Irlams o' th' Height.
After attending the University of Glasgow, he 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.
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.)
He was the father of:
- Sir Thomas Percival Heywood, 2nd Baronet;
- Oliver Heywood; and
- Rev. R.H. Heywood.
- McConnell (2004)
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Leigh Rayment's list of baronets [self-published source][better source needed]
- Heywood, T. (1888). A Memoir of Sir Benjamin Heywood.
- McConnell, A. (2004) "Heywood, Sir Benjamin, first baronet (1793–1865)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, accessed 10 Aug 2007 (subscription required)
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
John Wilson-Patten and
Edward Smith-Stanley, Baron Stanley
|Member of Parliament for Lancashire
With: Edward Smith-Stanley, Baron Stanley
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
(of Claremont, Lancashire)
Thomas Percival Heywood