James Kershaw

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James Kershaw
Born Manchester, England
Died Manor House, Streatham
Resting place West Norwood Cemetery, London
Monuments Grade II listed, West Norwood, by Alfred Waterhouse
Nationality British
Known for Member of the Anti-Corn Law League and founder of the Borough of Manchester, 1838
Home town Manchester and Streatham
Political party Liberal

James Kershaw (1795–1864) was a British cotton mill owner and Liberal MP, associated with the Anti-Corn Law League.

He rose from being a clerk for the cotton-spinning company of Lees, Millington & Cullender, of Manchester, to a partner and then head of Kershaw, Lees & Sidebottom, mill owners of Manchester.

He was instrumental in obtaining the municipal franchise of Manchester as a borough in 1838, and was its Mayor between 1842-3, and later became the MP for Stockport from 1847 until his death.

He died at his home in Streatham, and was buried in West Norwood Cemetery where his ornate Gothic tomb by Alfred Waterhouse (architect of the Natural History Museum, London and Manchester Town Hall) is listed Grade II, and in such poor condition as to be on the English Heritage at risk register. There is currently no plan from Lambeth council to improve the situation.[1]


  • Obituary, The Times 28 April 1864


  1. ^ Martin, Elizabeth. "HERITAGE AT RISK REGISTER". English Heritage. English Heritage. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2014.