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Grave of Thomas Hulme in Burslem Cemetery
Thomas Hulme was born on 15 August 1830. He began work as a clerk for John Wedgwood's Woodland Street Works, Tunstall. He then obtained employment in the offices of James Maclntyre and Co. Ltd., Washington Works, Burslem, of which he became one of the owners and a partner of William Woodall. He retired from business in 1880.
the memorial of Thomas Hulme's grave - Burslem Cemetery
Unusually designed large
monumental stone, structured of glazed tiles.
Sacred to the memory /
of / Thomas HULME /
born August 15th 1830. /
died August 26th 1905 /
the memory of the just is blessed.
Thomas Hulme gave the site for a new school of art, opposite to the Wedgwood Memorial Institute in 1904 - the year before his death
"The late Mr. Thomas Hulme, who took a great interest in the Wedgwood Institute, gave a site opposite the Institute for a new School of Art, and this is to be opened in the present year."
1907 Staffordshire Sentinel 'Business Reference Guide
Thomas Hulme was
president of the Burslem Tonic Sol-Fa Society and the organist at Hill
Top Methodist Sunday School for 40 years.
loved Burslem / his / native town /
/ of / Burslem / Sunday /
of the / School Board /
of / the / Staffordshire /
? / 20 ? / and / twice Mayor /1882 / & / 1905
rest from / their labours /
This plaque on the
Burslem School of Art reads:
land upon which this building was erected
W. Grant & Sons. Builders'
Burslem Cemetery - Burslem Cemetery opened in 1879 and covers approximately 11.4 hectares (about 28 acres) when it was opened it was intended to be a "a recreation park, to be used for walking, riding and driving" as well as a cemetery and at least a third of the land was taken up with the lodges, chapel, walks & drives.
Burslem School of Art, designed by A. R. Wood and was built during 1905-7. The site had previously been occupied by an old manufactory belonging to Wood and Baker. It was donated by Thomas Hulme in 1904 for the sole purpose of erecting a much-needed art school.