The late Mr Councillor Hanington

Author: Ros Clow
Date published: 16/04/2012
© Newbury Weekly News

the late mr councillor hanington


the funeral

The funeral of the late Mr. Councillor Hanington, J.P., took place on Friday afternoon, amid every manifestation of public respect and esteem. All the public bodies with which the deceased had been associated in the course of his useful public career sent deputations to pay a last mark of regard to a colleague with whom they had worked so amicably and sympathetically, while along the route of the funeral procession, closed windows, and drawn blinds, the halfmast flags at the Town Hall and the Conservative Club, were additional evidence of the desire to render a final tribute to a townman, who, in his day and generation, had done his best to serve his fellow men. The body was placed in a coffin of polished English oak, panelled and mounted with heavy brass fittings, bearing on the name plate:---

Harman  Skinner  Hanington,

Died 9th September, 1901,

Aged 54 Years.


Covered with beautiful wreaths, the coffin was placed in aWashingtoncar and left the deceased’s house16 Northbrook Streetattwo o’clock. The Corporation and other public bodies assembled at the Town Hall, and joined the procession as it passed upBartholomew Street. Mr David Rogers Jones acted asmarshalland arranged the order as follows:--


Working Men’s Conservative Club,


Horticultural Society,


Mayor and Corporation,

The Funeral Car,

Carriages and Mourners.

On reaching the Cemetery, the procession opened out and lined the roadway, the coffin being conveyed through the ranks to the chapel where it was met by the Rev. C.L. Jeayes, vicar ofSt.Mary’s, Speenhamland, who officiated here and at the interment, which took place in the family vault near the west wall of the Cemetery, wherein rest the bodies of the deceased’s father, mother, and brother. On the conclusion of the service those present filed past the grave, and the Freemasons, according to ancient and established custom, dropped on the coffin the sprigs of acacia, emblematic of death, which they had been carrying. The members of the Horticultural Committee each wore a buttonhole of a white rose and maidenhair fern, which they also dropped into the grave – a simple but touching act of affection for their late secretary.

The mourners were:-- Miss Higgins, Miss Drake, and Mrs Greene (cousins), Mr. George Withers, Mr. George Stradling, and Mr. W. Scott Veitch (personal friends), Mr S. Reid and Mr. J. Viner (assistants).

Among the deputations from public bodies many were acting in more than one capacity, but it is not necessary to indicate more than the one body with which they particularly indentified themselves.

The Mayor (Mr. Councillor Rankin, J.P.) was preceded by the mace bearers (Messrs Mundy and Andrews) with their gowns and hats, and also the maces heavily draped with crepe. Amongst those accompanying the Mayor were the Deputy Mayor Mr, Councillor Edmonds, Alderman T. Fuller, R. Ravenor, B. Smith, and R. Long, Councillors S. Knight, A. Jackson, J. Elliott, H.J. Davies, W.E. Lewendon, J. Stralling, E. Gould, F.Wigington, F.C. Hopson, Mr. F.Q. Louch(Town Clerk), and Mr. H. Pratt(Corn Exchange Manager).

The Freemasons were represented by Br. John Rolfe (Worshipful Master), Bros Colonel Ricardo, W.H. Belcher, G.J. Cosburn, E.Turner, E.W. Goddard, S. Knight, jun, G.K. North, W. Beames, W.R.Davey, W.H. Saltmarsh, A. Camp, W.Balding, J. Howard, S. Burton, and J. Legg.

The Working Men’s Conservative Club deputation included Mr. Walter Money, F.S.A. as representative of the Hon. members, Mr Henry Wilder (chairman of the club), Mr. Lawrence Cleeves (hon. secretary), Messrs F. Robinson, G.T. Cox, J. Wilson, Frank Cosburn, W. Boyer, H. Smart, E. Cox, A.J. Cox, A.G. Cox, J. Dewe, J. Mills, W. Fabry, jun, H. Matthews.


The Literary and Scientific Institution was represented by Messrs J. Mason (hon. secretary), W. Edwards (treasurer) and W.J. Blacket (director). Mr. Walter Penford was away from home and unable to be present.

The Horticultural Society’s Committee, several of whose members were with the Corporation and Freemasons included Messrs J.N. Day (treasurer), J.W.H. Kemp (assistant secretary), R. Mees, Stanley Knight, C. Stradling, P. Cronk, H. Young, E. Church, C. Dalby.

The Volunteer Fire Brigade was represented by Mr. Albert Church (captain), Fireman R. J. Freebody, H.J. Booth, and Alan Lucas.

Amongst others present were Mr. F. J. Coldicutt, J.P., Rev C.B. Johnson, Messrs J. Adey, J. Parker, W. Penford, R. Wilson, C. Pink, T.P. Pile, Hannibal Hill, J. Hiscock, C. W. Barns, G.S. Dinnis, F.H. Stillman, W. Hawkes, J.F. Haldane, N. Burgess, R. Killick, G.S. Hall, A.J. Pullen, A. Bailey, J.E. Westcombe, H. Langton, J. Palmer, Dennis, F.H. Higgs (bandmaster), Coles, Inspector Weeks, Sergt Maunders, &c.

Among the many beautiful tributes of flowers were the following:--

“From the Mayor and Corporation of Newbury”;

“In fraternal memory of Past Master Hanington from the W.M., officers and brethren of the loyal Berkshire Lodge of Hope (Freemasons) No 574;

“ From the President and Committee of the Newbury Horticultural Society, In memoriam, In memory of many happy years of loving and high principled duty. Requiescat in pace”;  “From the Superintendent, Inspector, Sergeants, and officers of the Newbury Borough Police with sympathy”; “From the Newbury Working Men’s Conservative Club with deepest sympathy”; “Directors of the Literary and Scientific Institution, with deepest sympathy”; Mrs E. Wilson and Miss B. Young “ with kind remembrance”; Mr and Mrs T. Dreweat “ sincere sympathy”; From Uradia and Beasie “Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away”; Mr and Mrs. Charlie Stradling “in affectionate remembrance”; Mrs. Stilwell and daughters “with sincerest respect”; “In loving memory of an old friend”;  Mr. and Mrs William Edmonds “in remembrance “; Mr. and Mrs. J. Cooke and family “in affectionate remembrance”; Mr. and Mrs. H. Biddis “with deep sympathy and much regret”; “From an old friend, J.M.”; From Messrs and the Misses Hall “with sincere sympathy”; Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Veitch “with kind remembrance”; Mrs. Swain, Mr. S. Reed, and Mr. J. Viner “with deep sympathy”; Mrs. Hamlin and family “deep sympathy”; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Church, and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Booth “with kind remembrance” Mr. and Mrs. W. Stanley Knight “ in remembrance of a kind friend”; Mrs. R. Mees “ in loving memory”; Miss Parker “with sincere regret from an old friend”;  “Sincere sympathy and regret from Rosa”; Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Coldicott and family” with much regret and sincere sympathy”; Mr. and Mrs. G. Boyer and family “with sincere sympathy”; “With Mr. and Mrs. William Balding’s sympathy”; Mr. and Mrs. John Parker “with deepest regret from old friends”; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Adey “in kindest remembrance”.

 The funeral arrangements were carried out by Charles Adey, of West Mills.



“By One  who knew Him.”

In the death of Mr. Councillor H.S. Hanington, J.P. or, as he was intimately known amongst his friends as “Skinner”, one cannot but feel sad in the thought that the name of “Hanington” will be lost to the good old town of Newbury. “In the days when we were young” who does not remember the crowded Town Hall when Penny Readings were so popular, and if the entertainers were a little dull, when Mr. Hanington’s turn to recite came we all knew that he would “bring down the house” and be called upon for an “encore”.

In the large attendance of persons of all creeds and classes at the cemetery on Friday, will, I think, show what a popular man we have lost. He had his failings and who amongst us has not, he knew it – but with him, according to his means, he was one of Newbury’s most liberal citizens. Although he belonged to the Established  Church and by his efforts in the Newbury Amateur Dramatic Society as well as the Amateur Christy Minstrels considerable sums of money were raised, the proceeds of which were given to the various funds in the town, yet in his generous and broad-minded views, there are many collectors and treasurers of the little chapels in the villages around Newbury, who could bear testimony to his kindness of heart, his donation to them being given without ostentation or show, and the extent of his liberality will never be known.

And now he has gone and those of us who have been on the same committee with him for years, or acting under his direction as organizer, will often remember how he would brighten a meeting by a dash of humour, that it made us feel we had enjoyed the evening together. In business transactions he was one of the most honourable men, who would never do a mean action by underselling a fellow tradesman, and in this cutting twentieth century of business, we might do worse than set up Harman Skinner Hanington as an example of an honourable business man, with a generous heart and kindliness of spirit with in the daily round of life.


Sourced from Newbury Weekly News archive dated ????????????? by Ros Clow

Transcribed by Doug Larsen


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