The grave of William Birtwistle. A white spire above a red granite square pillar. He died on the 13th June 1936. He was born in Stanley Street and purchased Billinge Scar from the Yerburgh's. House buying was to become something of his hobby of his, the last house he bought in Preston was his 35th. This cotton magnate owned more looms that any other individual in the world at the time. He was generous to many charities and he held the first driving licence in the town. He owned large yachts and several cars. After the death of his first wife in 1928 he married his 20 year old typist in 1929 when he was 74. He died in nearby Preston.
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