Commemorative creamware jug, transfer-printed in red with the motto, ‘R Walker friend of the people’ in a cartouche. It relates to the election of Bury’s very first Member of Parliament after the passing of the great Reform Act of 1832.
The ‘R Walker’ to whom the jug refers is Richard Walker who was elected to represent Bury in 1832. This jug commemorates this momentous event.
Walker was to hold the seat for 20 years as a Liberal MP, until his retirement from politics at the general election of 1852. He was born in Bury, the eldest son of William Walker and his wife Mary Ormerod. His father was a woollen manufacturer and head of the family firm of William Walker and Sons of Stanley Street, Bury. Colonel Oliver Ormerod Walker was the MP’s nephew.