The following selection of entries come from Pigot and Company's National and Commercial Trade Directories available at the Lancashire County Record Office. All the information below relates to Manchester.
1813 John Thornber, calico dealer, 41 High Street, house at 9 Oldham Street
1815 John Thornber,
commissioner, 41 High Street
John Thornber, linen draper, 53 Oldham Street
1821/2 James Thornber, warehouseman,
8 Back Street, St. Georges Road
John Thornber, commission agent, 1 High Street
John Thornber, linen draper, 56 Oldham Street
1830 Thornber and England, calico manufacturers, 17 High Street. (This is the family of Thomas Thornber of Vivary Bridge whose family is described on this site)
Henry Thornber, shopkeeper, 50 Oldham Street
Henry Thornber, printer, 16 Style Street
Henry Thornber, pawnbroker, 1 John Street
Isabella Thornber, linen draper, 56 Oldham Street (probably the widow of John noted in 1821/2 at the same address. They are probably the John and Isabella who lived in Colne and moved to Manchester as noted elsewhere on this site)
James Thornber, shopkeeper, 46 Bennet Street, Oldham Road
James Thornber, baker and flour dealer, 420 St George's Road
Francis Thornborough, weaver, Wilde's bldgs.
Anthony Thornborough, Preston Court, Pump Street.
1833 John Thorneber,
printer, Bibby Street, Salford
Francis Thornborough, weaver, 5 Fresh Row
Anthony Thornborough, mechanic, 8 Lower Brook Street
1841 Ann Thornber,
school teacher at academy, 13 Maskell Street
John Thornber junior, cotton spinner, Back George Street.
The 1841 Directory was produced by Pigot and Slater and had no additional Thornber entries for areas 12 miles around Manchester and larger towns a little farther afield including: Ashton under Lyne, Bolton, Bury, Cheadle and Didsbury, Congleton, Denton Droylesden and Gorton, Dukinfield, Eccles, Failsworth, Glossop, Hazel Grove, Heywood, Hyde, Knutsford, Leigh, Macclesfield, Marple, Middleton, Mossley, New Mills, Newton and Ashton in Makerfield, Oldham, Preston, Radcliffe, Rochdale, Saddleworth, Stalybridge, Stockport including Heaton Norris, Stretford, Warrington, Wigan, and Wilmslow.
This is in keeping with other evidence from registers
and census returns that the Thornbers came predominantly from East Lancashire
and West Yorkshire around Burnley and Clitheroe and started to move to the larger
towns of South Lancashire with the industrial revolution. There are few
Thornber records in Manchester prior to 1800.
One has to recall that even following the Reform Act of 1832 relatively few people had the vote. To vote one had to have property of a certain rentable value. As a result only a small proportion of the population are recorded in Electoral Registers of this time an all are men.
1841/2 Adam Proctor Thornber, house
and shop, King Street.
Ralph Thornber, house, Nab Lane.
1843/4 Adam Proctor Thornber, house, King St.
1844/5 Adam Proctor Thornber, house, King St.
1847/8 Adam Proctor Thornber, house, 87 King St.
1849-54 No Thornber entries
1854/5 William Thornber, home and shop, 64 Northgate.
1855/6 William Thornber, home and shop, 64 Northgate.
1856/7 William Thornber, abode 74 Blakey Moor, and 64 Northgate.
Rate Books for Pendleton in Whalley.
I am grateful to Mrs. Margaret Cartwright for the following information held at the Lancashire County Record Office in relation to rate books for the Pendleton Area:
21 December 1868: Mrs Alice Thornber, £2 2s. (An Alice Thornber of Pendleton, (born Alice Briggs) died 21 April 1868, aged 84 and it could be that this payment was then made for the land she occupiedd.)
4 December 1868: John Thornber (This could be Alice Thornber's son John)
21 December 1868: William Thornber (This could be Alice Thornber's son William)
28 December 1868: John and Richard Thornber (This could relate to Alice Thornber's son Richard)
18 December 1868: Thomas Thornber (This could be Alice Thornber's youngest son, Thomas.)
In 1870, William Thornber, occupier, is mentioned in relation to a cottage in Lane Side, Pendleton of which the owners are said to be Club Members. The cottage had a rateable value of £4 and he paid 2 shillings and 8 pence in rates.
In Bolton under Muslin Manufacturers, Vincent Thornber of King Street.
There is a single Thornber entry showing Vincent Thornber, a grocer.
Thornber Bros. & Co. (Oxfords, Harvards) 74 looms, Holme Mil, Holme Street, Nelson
Thornber James, 600 looms, Holme Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe
Thornber Sharp, (Plains, trulls and satins), 882 looms, Leyland Road, Burnley
Thornber Benjamin and Sons, 43,000 spindles and 2,600 looms, Danes House, Throstle, Old Hall Mills, Burnley
Thornber John and Sons, 615 looms, Healey Wood, Burnley
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