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Jethro Tinker Moss

circa 1870

A moss collected by amateur botanist Jethro Tinker.

The mosses were collected locally in Tameside, plus many were from Derbyshire.

This represents the contrast between the growing industrial mill towns of Greater Manchester and the surrounding countryside.

Jethro Tinker was born in September 1788 in the Brushes Valley high above Stalybridge. Growing up surrounded by countryside inspired Tinker’s early love of nature and in his teens he became a pupil of celebrated local botanist John Bradbury.

Tinker worked in the local cotton mills where he progressed from an operative weaver to overlooker and ultimately manager at Cheetham Mills.

Amazingly, the long hours at the mills did not detract from Tinker’s enthusiasm for natural history and throughout his life he collected specimens of wildflowers, mosses, insects, moths, butterflies and shells all of which were beautifully collated. He became a familiar figure amongst botanists, especially through his work with the local societies that existed in many towns to promote the study of natural history.