Orangeism in Oldham

A snapshot of Orangeism in Oldham in 1879

10 November 1879

On Saturday evening the members of the Oldham district of the Loyal Orange Institution of England held a tea party and ball in celebration of the 5th of November anniversary, in the rooms of the Mutual Improvement Society, in that town, when a large company assembled, the hall being effectively decorated with banners and other insignia of the order.  The party took place under the patronage of the Grand Master of the Manchester Province, Bro W Gilleland, Bro Touchstone, Deputy Grand Master of England, and the district officers.  In addition to those gentlemen there were present Bros Morrison, District Master of Salford, Tetlow, DM, Shore DDM, Tillotson, DT, Strange, DS, Butterworth , D Pro GM, Jackson PDM, Cheetham PDM,  J Wilde, E Wilde, Silverwood (secretary), Bladd (treasurer), Peel, Howarth, Thomson, Johnson, Harrison, Mills (masters) Price PM, Taylor PM, Kershaw PM,  and Mullen.  After tea the chair was taken by Bro Tetlow DM, who said that were the principles of Orangeism more widely known it would be better for Queen, country and the Church.  Their principles were those which every true Englishman could conscientiously support and advocate, being founded on the religion of the Reformation, with a determination to stand by the Protestant monarchy and the glorious constitution of these realms.  There was no country which enjoyed so many liberties as did Protestant England, and this result was due to the illustrious prince from whom Orangemen derived their name, and whose memory they were met to honour that evening.  The month of November was selected as the time of festivity, because it was rife to them with a number of remarkable events, William III having been born and married on the 4th, and landed at Torbay on the 5th, bringing with him as his motto ‘The Protestant religion and the liberties of England I will maintain’.  They all knew how nobly he had redeemed that famous declaration, and fought their battles.  – Bro Gilliland moved – ‘This meeting desires to affirm that the safety of England is dependent on the maintenance of the Protestant Church, the Protestant Throne, and religious education in the land.  It desires further to affirm that the principles of the Orange Institution, being in full harmony with the Bible, are best calculated to sustain the civil and religious liberties which we now possess; and it further asserts that Radicalism and Ritualism are subversive of those liberties – this meeting, therefore resolves to give its cordial support to the Orange Institution’ – Bro Morrison seconded the resolution, which was carried. – Bro Strange proposed, ‘This meeting desires to express its sincere regret at the continued and unEnglish hostility manifested by the Opposition to the Government of Lord Beaconsfield; and this meeting further desires to record its entire confidence in the ability, patriotism and statesmanship with which the Government has managed the affairs of the country, especially in its foreign relations, thereby placing us in the forefront of the nations of Europe’.  He remarked that the Prime Minister was a man whom Englishmen should feel proud of, and to support him they would find in Oldham a candidate in Mr S Taylor-Whitehead as a colleague to Sergeant Speaks at the next election.  Bro Butterworth seconded the resolution.  In supporting it, Bro Touchstone referred to the ungenerous and dangerous tactics of the Liberals, and to the cliques into which that party was split up.  He believed that Mr Gladstone could not bear to be in opposition, his old antagonist Disraeli triumphing over him.  Lord Hartington had brought up the old, worn-out, threadbare falsehood that Mr Gladstone when he went out of office, left a surplus of more than £5,000,000.  This was admitted to be untrue by Mr Noble, a lecturer for the Liberal party, and by Mr Martin, an eminent writer, by Mr Peter Rylands, that burning and shining light – (laughter) – and lastly by an authority better than all those put together, Mr Gladstone himself, who in a letter to Mr Cockshott in Southport, said the surplus in question was ‘prospective’ – that was, in the distance, something they could see in the good time coming, if they ever got to it.  But Sir Stafford Northcote would not take this money out of the pockets of the people; he took nearly three millions off the sugar duty – that was to say he deprived himself of that amount of taxation; he took a penny off the income tax amounting to £1,500,000; he took £1,500,000 off local taxation; he took £489,000 off the horse duty; making altogether nearly six millions of money at the commencement of the year.  It was not the Tory Government or Sir S Northcote, but the pockets of the taxpayers which had benefitted by this.  Having sketched and commented on the proceedings of the Maquis of Hartington, Mr Lowe, and other Liberal leaders, Mr Touchstone concluded by reading the following lines, which he said were an epitaph on Mr W E Gladstone:-

What, William hushed at last!
Beyond the reach
Of pamphlets, post cards, magazines, and speeches.
Then come kind angels
And gently take him
But if you value peace in heaven
Don’t wake him.

(Laughter).  The resolution was adopted unanimously.  Subsequently Bro Cheetham was presented by Bro Gilleland on behalf of the district with an elegantly got up diploma as a mark of respect and in testimony of his many services to the cause of Orangeism.’






Manchester Orange

"The Protestant Religion and Liberties of England I will Maintain", 
William III, Prince of Orange


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