Herbert Ashman - 1854-1914 (Mayor 1898 & 99)




Herbert Ashman was born in Yeovil son of Thomas Nathaniel Ashman on 11th June 1854.  He was head of the firm of Herbert Ashman & Co. leather factors manufacturers and importers, 2-5 Broadmead.  He lived at Cooks Folly, Stoke Bishop (overlooking the Avon Gorge) which was in its day a 'show place' and still exists but has since been 'forgotten'. Liberal Councillor of St Pauls from 1890 - 1900, he was Mayor in 1898 and 1899 when he was knighted (15th November 1899) when Queen Victoria visited Bristol so he had the distinction of being the last 'Mayor' and first 'Lord Mayor' of Bristol.  He was also president of the Anchor Society in 1898.  He died at his residence (Cooks Folly) on 26th September 1914.  The Western Daily Press of 28th September 1914 noted that, "for some weeks since the outbreak of war at the beginning of August he had thrown himself with great energy into the task of recruiting men for the Forces and day after day he had been at the Colston Hall as Chairman of the Recruiting Committee which met daily."  His death followed a short illness after an operation for appendicitis.  He had joined his fathers business in Bristol at the age of 15 in 1869 and in 1874 he married Eliza Lorenzo. 

He was a Liberal, President of Rodway Hill Golf Club and vice President of Portishead Golf Club - winning the challenge cup there in 1911.  He was President of the Ariel Rowing Club and also described as an "ardent motorist"!

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