Does anyone know the origin of the name UNion Square?

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Does anyone know the origin of the name UNion Square?

Post  DrT on Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:11 am

Hi, does anyone know why "Union Square" got that name? The Union bit seems to suggest it is linked to some specific but what?

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Re: Does anyone know the origin of the name UNion Square?

Post  ikbikb on Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:50 am

Coul be named after the union of England Wales and scotland 1707(?) or the later act of Union with Ireland 1803 (?)

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Post  DrT on Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:22 am

An interesting idea, thanks for the suggestion. Its a shame we can't confirm it.

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Post  Roy Turner on Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:48 am

The following quote is now on the plaque on the new Union Square opposite the Town Hall:

"On 5th July 1784 Union Square acquired its name because Robert Howarth, a bookseller and printer, was the first
member of the Union (Building) Society in Bury. He was also Worshipful Master of the Bury Masonic Lodge of Relief,
the second oldest Lodge of Freemasons in Lancashire. He laid the first stone in the first cellar sunk in Union
Square with full Masonic honours while the Freemasons played music. In 1789 he set up Bury's first printing press at
No. 7 (later renumbered as No. 4) Union Square. He kept a circulating library and later became Overseer of Bury."
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Re: Does anyone know the origin of the name UNion Square?

Post  DrT on Wed Oct 26, 2011 10:21 am

Thanks Roy, thats very helpful

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