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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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Sunday, 3 February 2008
by Brad Storey


"I am no orator as Brutus is,
But, as you know me all, a plain, blunt man
That loves his friend. I only speak right on
And tell you that which you yourselves do know."

The above quotation thoroughly represents the subject of this notice Mr. Storey was the son of Mr. Isaac Storey, of Bardsea, near Ulverston. He was born in 1829. As the pedigree shows, he was the brother of Sir Thomas Storey, who died in 1898, and was identified with him in the founding of the well-known firm of Storey Brothers and Company, Limited.

Of Mr. Storey's early life we may observe that when his father came to settle in Lancaster he was sent to the school of Mr. James Willacy, in Bulk Street, a school removed eventually to Bridge Street, Skerton. At Mr. Willacy's school Edward Storey had for fellow pupils Sir Edward Frankland and Mr. Robert Mansergh. On leaving this academy he began his attendance at the old Mechanics' Institute, where by close study he ascended the higher rungs of the ladder of knowledge. In after years he became intensely interested in this excellent Institute, and played a prominent part in its management.

Mr. Storey married a Miss Bateman, of Kendal, August 19, 1853. This lady died in November, 1906.

As long as he was able Mr. Storey took a practical interest in the great business whose centre is the White Cross Mills; a business begun in a modest way in a small warehouse in Duke Street, St. George's Quay, and subsequently removed to larger premises, now the site of St. Mary's Parish Schools. Hereafter the area of operations became too limited and works on the south side of the town were erected, and now the White Cross Mills occupy a space of almost one hundred acres. There are likewise branches in Moor Lane, Queen Street, and what is known as the Low Mill at Caton. Between two thousand and three thousand hands are employed by the firm at these places. Mr. Storey did much good work in Lancaster socially, politically, and religiously. As the Lancaster Guardian in its obituary notice remarks:- "In the many-sided public life of Lancaster Mr. Storey at one time took an active part. On the 23rd June, 1879, he was elected on the Town Council, upon which a vacancy had occurred through the death of his eldest brother, Mr. William Storey, member for St. Anne's Ward. In 1881 he fought his first election, Mr. R. Mansergh, his colleague, and himself being opposed by Mr. John Kitchen, who secured election, ousting Mr. Mansergh. Three years later Mr. Storey retired, and his place was taken by Mr. George Bowness. It is interesting to recall that in his 1881 election address Mr. Storey uttered a strong objection to canvassing "as tending to violate both the freedom and purity of elections," and in his contests for a seat on the Board of Guardians both he and his son, Mr. I. H. Storey, consistently declined not only to canvass, but to issue an address. For five years only, therefore, Mr. Storey served the town on the Corporation. For twenty-four years he advocated the claims of the poor on the Lancaster