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1897 ARTHUR WAKERLEY, (Architect and Surveyor).


1897 ARTHUR WAKERLEY, (Architect and Surveyor).



Son of John Wakerley of Melton Mowbray where he was born 15 May 1862, and descended from the Wakerleys of Twyford, co. Leic., living there in Elizabeth's reign. He was educated at Melton Mowbray, articled to Mr. James Bird of Leic., architect, was a Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and sometime president of the Leic. and Leics. Society of Architects. Among his principal work was the development of the North Evington district. First elected to the borough council 1 November 1886 for Middle St. Margaret's Ward, alderman and mayor 9 November 1897 and appointed a J.P. in 1906. An enthusiastic Wesleyan Methodist local preacher, temperance worker, archeologist and poet. He twice unsuccessfully contested the Melton Division for a seat in Parliament, and for some years was president of the Leic. Liberal Association. He laid out and presented the Market Square at North Evington to the borough in 1892, and during his mayoralty he presented the site and was mainly instrumental in raising funds for the erection of the Wycliffe Cottage Homes for the Blind ; also he raised a large sum for the sufferers by the Whitwick Colliery Disaster; was at one time lord of the manor of Gedding, Suffolk, and patron of two church livings. During his mayoralty in March 1898, the borough rate was fixed at 5/3 in the £.

Mr. Wakerley resigned his seat on the corporation in 1909 owing to ill health, but rejoined the council ten years later. III health, however, compelled him to resign again in 1925. He married in 1886, Bertha Elizabeth, second daughter of Mr. T. J. Gunn of Leic., and had issue, one son and four daughters. His only son, Capt. Arthur John Wakerley, was killed in the Great War whilst leading a charge near Lens 8 June 1917.


Mr. Wakerley's death occurred at his residence, Crown Hill, Leic., 4 April 1931, aged sixty eight, and his remains were interred at the Welford Road Cemetery. Will proved at the Principal Registry, London, in July 1931 by Bertha Wakerley, widow, the executrix. Gross estate £127,859 Is. 9d. Net personalty £37,628 7s. 6d.