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Humane Society, for the recovery of persons apparently dead, first formed by Mr F. Cluley, the directors of the Sheffield fire office, and govenors of the Infirmary.

20th June 1810.

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Please can you give me the reference/source for the fact that Mr F Cluley and others founded it 20th June 1810.

Why was it formed, is there any record of its activities and how long did it last?

Thank you nitrous

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Johnson : There are many other names well known in Sheffield that might be mentioned in connection with West-bar, though this would bring us to times more recent than
we profess to take cognizance of. There was Mr. John Turton, the surgeon (see p. 42.) ; John Spink, the pawnbroker, who, marrying the niece of the owner of the property, turned
Benjamin Fox out of the shop where the ruined Casino now stands ; Benjamin Smilter, father of the present High Bailiff; Francis Cluley, the earliest surgical instrument
maker, who was next door to the " Old Tankard," removing thence to Surrey street.


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A medical society was set up in York in 1832 'for the purpose of promoting and diffusing Medical knowledge'.13 In Sheffield the Humane Society (1809) and the Medical and Surgical Society (1820) were established primarily to further ...

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I can't find a mention of this society after the 1820's

The national (Royal) Humane Society become more active towards the end of the century.

From the Sheffield Local Register

15 June 1819

Bequests from one unknown, by the hands of Messrs.

W. and G. Younge; to the national schools, £50;

humane society, £10; society for bettering the con-

dition of the poor, £20

7 Mar 1822

Sheffield humane society distributed twelve rewards

to persons who had been instrumental in preserving

life in case of accident.

30 May 1825

Mr. Francis Cluley receives from the London Society

of Arts, the gold vulcan medal for his improved

lithotomy forceps.

Apr 1827

Parish accounts for the past year; overseers, Samuel

Woodcock, Francis Cluley, Geo. Hawksworth, T.

Linley; amount of rates collected, £16,317- 11s.;

amount paid for the relief of the poor, .£12,544.

5s. 8d.; county rate, £2068.16s. l1d.

25 Feb 1839

Decease of Mr. Francis Cluley, aged 61, registrar of

births, marriages, and deaths, and for many years an eminent

surgeons' instrument maker.

23 Oct 1841

Subscription for Mrs. and Miss Cluley, widow and daugh-

ter of the late Mr. Francis Cluley, who had been defrauded

of their property by Jeremiah Winks, one of the

executors under Mr. Cluley's will.

20 Mar 1861

Royal Humane Society's bronze medal awarded to Mr. N.

Creswick for saving Thos. Bardwell from drowning on Dec. 29.

12 Nov 1869

The Boyal Humane Society's medal awarded to

Francis Batty for rescuing two boys, named Prince,

from drowning in the Don, near Norfolk Bridge.

14 Mar 1889

Royal Humane Society's medal presented to A. T.

Wilkinson, Attercliffe.

25 Oct 1889

Mr. C. Cartwright, for saving life, receives the Royal

Humane Society's certificate.

1890’s – nine certificates awarded

1900-1908 - 10 awards

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Sorry the condition of these images from The Iris is poor, despite several adjustments and attempts on the reader/printer in Local Studies (the only machine working when I went yesterday)

Cluley letter, The Iris 19 Jun 1810

Article in The Iris 3 Jul 1810

Article in the Iris 10 Jul 1810

Despite the date on this last I am fairly certain I have correctly dated it from July 10th

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Burials in the General Cemetery, Sharrow (Unconsecrated section)

Grave LL13


died 25/02/1839 buried: 01/03/1839

Francis CLULEY 61 Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths Carver Street, Sheffield Liver disease

Born: London, 1778

Parents: Francis & Elizabeth Cluley

father’s occupation: Wire worker

[name in column for notes, ministers etc: May Bosien]


died: 04/12/1848 buried: ?

Sarah CLULEY 67 Relict of Francis Cluley Clarence Street


Sale of Cluley's possessions:

Sheffield and Rotherham Independent

8 Jun 1839

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Forceps and Letter

30 May 1825

Mr. Francis Cluley receives from the London Society

of Arts, the gold vulcan medal for his improved

lithotomy forceps.

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"An early 19th century antique amputation set by Francis Cluley, Sheffield, England. The two saws, the two knives, and the bone forceps are marked CLULEY. The capital amputation saw has a handsome ebony handle, and the large surgical knife is expressly made for circular amputations. A lidded-compartment between the bone forceps handles holds suturing needles. The Napoleonic Wars era surgical set includes two Petit tourniquets to meet the needs of multiple amputations such as in a battle setting. Cluley is a relatively rare Georgian surgical instrument maker and was in business from around 1810 to 1830."


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