Accounts and Journal of George Heywood

Scope and Content

A fair copy, compiled in the mid 19th century, of the accounts and journal of George Heywood of Manchester. The contents of the volume comprise:

  • folio 1: personal ledger of George Heywood, containing debit and credit accounts with several individuals and companies, 1806-1816;
  • folio 6v: journal or narrative of the life of George Heywood; the bulk of the journal was written in 1815, and recounts his life from 1788 onwards; it continues until 1840, but after 1816 (ending folio 105r) entries are irregular, recording only the major events in Heywood's life such as the births of children;
  • folio 109r: notes on the births of Heywood's children;
  • folio 110r: memoranda on births, marriages and deaths in the family;
  • folio 111v: pedigree of the Heywood family of Huddersfield and Manchester.
Dating: the paper is watermarked 1844.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Heywood was born in Huddersfield on 17 April 1788. He was a special constable during the Manchester riots of 1812 (the Luddite riots). On 15 January 1819 he became a Commissioner of Police. He died on 11 September 1843.

Conditions Governing Access

The manuscript is available for consultation by any accredited reader.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the John Rylands Library from the bookseller Bernard Halliday on 18 July 1932.


Description compiled by Henry Sullivan and Jo Humpleby, project archivists.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued in the Hand-List of the Collection of English Manuscripts in the John Rylands Library, 1928-35 (English MS 703).