Obituary from Bolton Evening News December 2nd 1909
Death of Samuel Chatwood, founder of the firm of Chatwood & Co., safe makers.
Deceased was in his 79th year and had attained a world wide reputation for safe making, recieving orders from many distant countries. In the early days of the firm Mr Chatwood engaged in the severest tests regarding burglary and fire resisting, in which the high quality of the Chatwood safe won for the firm considerable eminence.
Obituary from Bolton Journal December 3rd 1909
The death took place yesterday of Mr. Samuel Chatwood, founder of the firm of Chatwood & Co. , safe makers. The deceased gentleman who had attained the ripe age of 77 was well known in many parts of the country. The business of the firm was established in Bark St. by the deceased half a century ago. Here it was carried on for a lengthy period and some years the firm secured larger premises in Foundry St. As makers of safes and strongrooms Messrs Chatwood attained a worldwide reputation and executed orders in many countries. In the early days of the firm Mr. Chatwood engaged in tests of the burglar and fire resisting qualities of his manufactures, which won for the firm much eminence in the country.
Funeral from the Bolton Journal December 10th 1909
The funeral of Mr. Samuel Chatwood took place on Monday when he was interred in the Family Vault at St. Marks Churchyard Worsley. The service was conducted by Rev. T. Harrison. Deputation representing the firm formed a procession at the Village Post Office from Manchester staff, Bolton office staff and Heads of Departments.
There were six carriages:-
- Mr and Mrs S.R. Chatwood Son and Daughter in law
- Mr and Mrs Cumming-Craig Son in law and Daughter
- Mr S.R.Chatwood Junior, G.A. and A.B. Chatwood Grandsons
- Miss Chatwood, Grandaughter, Mrs Burton and Mr and Mrs Wood Nephew and Niece
- Simeon Chatwood Nephew, Miss U nsworth Niece
- Miss Walker, Mr T.J. Murray and Dr. Scowby (Worsley)
The organist, Mr R.F.Coules FRCO played Chopin and Beethoven's Funeral Marches.
Report Bolton Journal May 31st 1873
Shocking death of Bolton gentleman's son from an explosion of gunpowder
On Saturday morning a shocking, and what has since terminated in a fatal accident, occurred in the house of Mr. S. Chatwood at Bodmin Cornwall. Mr. Chatwood's four children, Albert, 12, Samuel, 9, Arthur, 7 and a daughter, the youngest of the family were in the drawing room and Albert was amusing himself by throwing small portions of gunpowder from a flask he held in his hands, which had been incautiously left about by a Mrs. Fell, into the fire. After he had been thus engaged for a short time the flames ( of the fire ) communicated with the powder in the flask and a terrible explosion occurred. Albert was the most severely injured owing to his holding the flask , the thumb of the right hand being lacerated, the joint dislocated and the skin between the fore and middle fingers was also lacerated. He was not thought by a medical man - Mr. Couch - to be in danger of his life. Arthur was near Albert and escaped with two wounds to his legs. The other two children were least hurt, escaping with slight scorching such as Mr. Couch did not consider required much attention.
The above facts were conveyed to Mr. Chatwood, who was in Bolton, by letter from Mr. Couch, received on Monday. Mr. Chatwood, however, received a telegram on Sunday informing him of the melancholy event, but too late for him to leave for Bodmin by train. On Monday a second telegram was received conveying the sad intelligence that Albert had expired from exhaustion.
Mr. Chatwood left at noon for Cornwall