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|Born||2 May 1783
|Died||15 May 1860
Crompton Fold, Breightmet, Bolton
|Education||Emmanuel College, Cambridge|
|Children||John and Mary|
|Parent(s)||James Slade and Elizabeth Waterfield|
|Church||Church of England|
|Title||The Reverend Canon|
James Slade was born in Daventry, Northamptonshire on 2 May 1783 to the Reverend James Slade and Elizabeth Slade (née Waterfield). He had two brothers and a sister. He was educated like his father at Emmanuel College, Cambridge where he studied mathematics. He was ordained a deacon at Peterborough Cathedral in 1806, and a priest in 1807. He was a Curate at Willingham from 1806 to 1811. On 18 May 1812, he married Augusta Law, daughter of George Henry Law, Bishop of Chester and under his patronage Slade was made Rector of Teversham, Cambridgeshire in 1813 and a Canon of Chester Cathedral in 1816. The following year, it was arranged for him to exchange his Teversham living for the position of vicar of Bolton le Moors, then a large parish in the Diocese of Chester with a fast-growing population living in appalling conditions with only one town centre parish church.
For the next forty years Canon Slade dedicated himself to improving the conditions of the people of Bolton and to building churches in the expanding suburbs. He was the main force behind the establishment of a Trustee Savings Bank (1813), Bolton Royal Infirmary (1820) and the Bolton Church Institute School (later Canon Slade Grammar School) in 1846. During the same period he oversaw the building of eleven churches including St John, Farnworth (1826), Holy Trinity, Bolton (1827), Emmanuel, Bolton (1838), Christ Church, Harwood (1840), Christ Church, Heaton (1844), St Stephen, Lever Bridge (1845), St John, Bolton (1849), St Paul, Astley Bridge (1845), St Peter, Belmont (1850), St James, Breightmet (1855) and the rebuilding of Christ Church, Walmsley and St Anne, Turton.
His first wife died in 1822 after they had had two children, one who died in infancy and the other, Mary Elizabeth Christian, married the Reverend Thomas ffoster Chamberlain. James remarried in 1824 to Mary Bolling, the sister of William Bolling, Member of Parliament for Bolton. There were no children of this second marriage. On 29 December 1856, he resigned his Bolton living and retired to West Kirby on the Wirral Peninsula. He died in Breightmet, Bolton on 15 May 1860, during a visit to see his brother, who had by then also moved there. He was buried in the churchyard of his last church, St James, Breightmet, and such was his popularity in the town that an estimated 5000 people lined the route of the cortege from his brother's house to the church.
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|Wikisource has the text of the 1885–1900 Dictionary of National Biography's article about James Slade.|
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