Edward Byrom

Edward Byrom (13 June 1724 – 24 April 1773) was a prominent figure in 18th-century Manchester and served for a period as borough-reeve.[1][2]

The oldest surviving son of John Byrom of the wealthy Byrom family, Edward Byrom co-founded the first bank in Manchester[3] and ordered the construction of St John's Church in 1769.[4] The church, demolished in 1931, was situated on Byrom Street, a street which was named after his family.[5] He married Eleanora Halstead, who bore him four girls before her death in 1758: Ann Byrom (1751-1826), Elizabeth Byrom (1754-1754), Felicia Byrom (1755-1757) and Eleanora Byrom (1756-1838).[6] His granddaughter was English philanthropist Eleanora Atherton.[7]


  1. ^ Shaw, William Arthur (1894). Manchester Old and New. Vol. II. Cassell. p. 119.
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  3. ^ The Three Banks Review. Royal Bank of Scotland Group. 1983. pp. 51–2.
  4. ^ Timperley, Charles Henry (1839). Annals of Manchester ... from the earliest period to the close of the year 1839. Bancks & Company. p. 52.
  5. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1831). A Topographical Dictionary of England: Comprising the Several Counties, Cities, Boroughs, Corporate and Market Towns, Parishes, Chapelries, and Townships, and the Islands of Guernsey, Jersey, and Man, with Historical and Statistical Descriptions; Illustrated by Maps of the Different Counties and Islands; a Map of England ... and a Plan of London and Its Environs ... : in Four Volumes. Lewis. p. 243.
  6. ^ "Edward Byrom". Records.ancestry.com. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Eleanora Atherton". www.ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 23 September 2017.