Charles Patrick lived in Springhill from his marriage to Mary Ann Ashworth, daughter of John Ashworth in 1855 until his death in 1895. His land purchases in Higher Cloughfold added significantly to the estate.
born 4 Sept 1814 to Thomas Chase and Anne Patrick, nee Combe of Winchmore Hill, Middlesex.
baptised 22 November 1814 in Edmonton, Middlesex

m. Mary Ann Ashworth 9 Oct 1855, Newchurch St Nicholas by licence. Mary Ann was the daughter of John Ashworth and owner of Springhill. They had no children.

d. 21 Feb 1895 Cloughfold. Interred Newchurch St Nicholas.
Little is known of Charles Patrick's early life. By 1830 the family lived in Wakefield, W Yorks, where at least one further sister of Charles was born and two are buried.

The family (Thomas Chase, Anne and 10 children including Charles aged 19) sailed for New York on the Boston, destination Canada, on 10 May 1834. They settled in Brantford, Ontario, where Thomas Chase bought land in 1840 (National Archives Canada 410A, P22, 60,c-2733, Rg1 L3).

The newspaper report of his wedding describes him as 'late of Her Majesty's cavalry' and his obituary states that he saw 'considerable active service abroad'.

In 1852 he was appointed sub-inspector of factories for the Rochdale district, apparently being responsible for 51 factories in the district which included Rochdale, Newchurch and Cloughfold. His residence at marriage in 1855 was given as "Rochdale".

He was active socially, being involved in local Conservatism and freemasonry. He joined the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry, subsequently becoming Captain. He developed Springhill Farm and won prizes at local agricultural shows. He was an active member of the Rossendale Hunt and ran a stud farm, the failure of which led to the bankruptcy of two of his co-directors whilst Patrick managed to meet his obligations.

In 1872 the Patricks donated land and money inherited by Mrs Patrick on which the Edgeside Board School was built. Charles Patrick later donated further land for the church and parsonage at Edgeside.

In 1874 he was elected to the first Local Government Board for Rawtenstall. He was a regular member of the jury at the Manchester Assizes.

Further details of these activities are on the appropriate pages.
Charles Patrick's will

In addition to a number of personal bequests. Charles Patrick left his land 'so much as lies upon the northerly side of the road which…adjacent to the house in which I now reside' (Newchurch Road) together with land in Edgeside to Elizabeth Ann Ashworth (Mrs Turner) via her trustees. Land 'so much as lies on the southerly side of the road…adjoining my present residence and leading from Newchurch to Rawtenstall' together with land in Lumb was left to Mary Alice Ashworth (Mrs Royds) via her trustees. These ladies were the daughters of John Ashworth junior and nieces of Mrs Mary Ann Patrick.

Patrick's share of profits of the collieries were divided between the descendants of John Ashworth.
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Patrick's will referred to 'the portraits in oils of my grandfather Boyce Combe by Sir Martin Archer Shee and of my late wife and myself by Brodie' which he left to Elizabeth Ann Turner (nee Ashworth), daughter of John Ashworth junior and niece of Patrick's wife.

Patrick's portrait by Brodie is in the Whitaker Museum in Rawtenstall. This portrait of Boyce Combe is courtesy of Charlotte Broadbent and has been in the Combe family continuously.
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Memorial St Nicholas' Newchurch on the right hand wall of the nave at the rear of the church, next to that of John and Betty Ashworth.

In memory of
relict of
Thomas Chase Patrick
who died at Brandford, Canada
February 28, 1872 aged 81 years
This Monument is erected
In affectionate remembrance
Of an exemplary and loving parent
By her son Charles Patrick

"In my flesh I shall see God' Job xix.26

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