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The early Council
The Early Councillors
Despite a national decline of interest in parish councils during the early 1900s, in St. Bees elections continued to be well contested. Church and School had been represented by the Revd. E. Knowles, Vicar until 1897, and Revd. H.T. Newbold, the Grammar School Headmaster until 1903. But status was not an automatic vote winner. In 1904 their successors, Revd. H. Snape and Revd. H.A.P. Sawyer stood, but neither was elected. However, the Curate, the popular Revd. Henry Burgh, romped home. Such is the power of the secret ballot.
The pre-war years brought the deaths of two stalwarts of the council’s early days, who typified the calibre of person attracted to the early council.
Leading figures of the parish at the 1911 celebrations of the coronation of King George V.
For the epitome of the successful industrialist, we must turn to George Scoular of Fleatham House. He was one of those Victorian self-made characters who straddled business, local politics and community affairs with ease. The son of a Scottish blast-furnaceman, he came to the area in 1870 as Engineer to the Parkside Mining Co. near Frizington. He had interests in the Outerside, Ellenborough, Flimby and Broughton Moor Collieries, and at his death he was also Managing Director of the St. Helens Colliery, Siddick. A staunch supporter of the YMCA and a member of the Whitehaven Technical Education Committee, he was also Chairman of the St. Bees Parochial Committee, a County Councillor for Trinity Ward, Whitehaven, and a founder member of the St. Bees Parish Council. His death in March 1912 removed another able member from the council.