1765 -
04 March 1848
Joseph Nadin
Joseph Nadin
Illustration courtesy of Manchester Central Library, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council
Policeman trucheon
Policeman's Truncheon
Photograph by the courtesy Manchester Central Library, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council
Joseph Andrew Nadin
Deputy Constable                 
Born in Fairfield, Derbyshire, his father was a farmer, but Joseph, began work in Stockport when he was 12  and was successful cotton-spinner.  Cotton Mills replaced home workers and the Mills were a target of saboteurs' damaging machinery.  Joseph made it his business to root out the vandals and bring them to justice, catching thieves became more lucrative and he moved into the business full time.  He received a tyburn ticket and 2 for each convicted felony.  Nadin sold the tickets on at an inflated price receiving on average 300 each, making him a wealthy man.

Nadin was encouraged to take the post of Deputy-Constable of Manchester in 1801.  After being appointed he made a career of repression and corruption receiving monies from the owners of Brothels for protection.  He encouraged the magistrates to clamp down on the workers rising demands for political and social rights, this opinion made him unpopular with the masses, but a favourite of the ruling classes.  

He was the proprietor of the Queen's Theatre, and owner of a great number of licensed public houses in the city.

In 1821 he retired to Cheadle in Cheshire with a large portfolio of property.

He died on the 4th March 1848 age 83, and was buried in St James's Church, Manchester.

He married in 1792 Mary Rowlinson and had several children.










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