Toxteth Park Cemetery
The photograph below appears by kind permission of the Toxteth Park Cemetery website, an excellent resource for Toxteth Park (and now also Anfield) cemetery photos and transcriptions.
The monumental inscription above reads:
WIFE OF JOHN ATCHERLEY,
WHO DIED 2ND APRIL 1870, AGED 65 YEARS.
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
JOHN ATCHERLEY, M.D.
WHO DIED 24TH APRIL 1890, AGED 80 YEARS.
ALSO OF ELEANOR VICKERS,
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 26TH SEPTEMBER 1907,
AGED 72 YEARS.
ALSO OF WILLIAM MORRIS,
BROTHER OF THE ABOVE MARY ATCHERLEY,
WHO DIED 10TH JULY 1876,
AGED 69 YEARS.
Dr John Atcherley was baptised at Bridgnorth in Shropshire on 12 Jan 1810. By the 1830s he was a chemist and druggist in Liverpool, Lancashire, working in partnership with Richard Bird. As Bird and Atcherley they opened an establishment in the city in 1833, offering the public “VAPOUR and MEDICATED BATHS, HOT and COLD PLUNGE BATHS, with SHOWER BATHS, regulated to any temperature.” The 1834 Pigot’s directory covering Liverpool showed Bird and Atcherley as “Chymists & druggists” at Great George Place. Their partnership was dissolved at the end of 1836, but John and his family continued to live at Great George Place for some time, as they were recorded there on the censuses of 1841 and 1851.
John and his wife Mary (Morris, baptised 14 Mar 1803 at Bridgnorth and married there on 3 Jan 1833) spent the rest of their lives in Liverpool, where John continued to work as a physician and surgeon. He was described as a Licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow when he was admitted an ad eundem member of (in other words, given a courtesy degree by) the Royal College of Surgeons in London on 10 Jan 1856, and he acted as Consulting Surgeon for the Liverpool South Dispensary for many years. The Atcherleys moved to 22 St James Road before the 1861 census, and after that to 32 Windsor Street in Toxteth Park.
John and Mary’s daughter Eleanor Vickers Atcherley lived her whole life in Liverpool and died there unmarried. John and Mary also had a son, named John Atcherley after his father, who was baptised at Liverpool St Peter’s on 9 Aug 1938. Sadly, John junior died aged just 7 months; he was buried on 4 Feb 1839 at Liverpool St Michael’s.
Manchester General Cemetery
My thanks to Barbara Lang for providing the photo below (which I have digitally enhanced) and for allowing me to reproduce material from her collection.
John Atcherley was (along with his brother Richard) born at Weston Lullingfields and baptised on 3 September 1813 at the parish church in Baschurch, Shropshire. He married Sarah Barkley (who was baptised 11 July 1824 at Ellesmere in Shropshire) on 29 December 1849 at Horton Lane Chapel in Bradford, Yorkshire.
John spent his life working as a linen draper and silk mercer in Manchester. He was listed as a silk mercer in Slater’s Directory of Manchester and Salford for 1863, and the London Gazette of 22 November 1865 included a notice to the effect that John, along with his business partners Richard Oliver and John Lambe, were to continue running the firms John Satterfield & Co. (linen drapers and silk mercers), and Cowper & Co. (milliners and dressmakers), both situated in St Anne’s Square in Manchester,which they had previously managed with William Bingham. A further notice published in the Gazette on 15 Oct 1867 showed that then John Lambe then left the partnership. The firm, which became known as Oliver and Atcherley, continued under that name for some years after the deaths of John Atcherley in 1880 and Richard Oliver in 1883. It was amalgamated with John Bye & Co. in 1893 and as late as 1929, Kelly’s Directory of Manchester of Salford and Suburbs included a listing for “Bye John & Co. (late Oliver & Atcherley, St. Anne’s square), millinery specialists, furriers, mourning outfitters and funeral directors, 46 and 46a King street West”.
Sarah Barkley, daughter of Robert Barkley and his wife Sarah (Hollis), was baptised at Ellesmere in Shropshire on 11 July 1824. She worked as an apprentice dressmaker before marrying John Atcherley at Horton Lane Chapel in Bradford, Yorkshire on 29 December 1849. After her husband’s death, Sarah Atcherley went to live in Leamington, Warwickshire, where she remained until her own passing in 1899.
The inscription on John and Sarah’s memorial (transcription supplied by Barbara Lang) reads:
OF THIS CITY,
BORN SEPTR. 3RD 1813,
DIED AUG. 16TH 1880.
Also SARAH ATCHERLEY,
WIFE OF JOHN ATCHERLEY,
WHO ENTERED INTO REST MARCH 24TH, 1899,
IN HER 76TH YEAR.