The first time I ever saw Charles Garrett – a man of God if ever there was one – was when my father took me to call upon him in his house on the Mount. The last time I saw the veteran evangelist was as we were both crossing the little bay behind Gibraltar Point, near Arnside, where he had a country home.
I rarely think of the Apostle John without recollections of Charles Garrett coming into my mind. Both men thought Love the greatest thing in the world, and what is more, both men lived as they thought. And as Love was the beginning and end of Charles Garrett’s life, so in a measure it was the hastener of his death, for he never recovered from the shock suffered as he ws preaching at Sheffield in 1899 when a telegram was put into his hands announcing the serious illness of his wife. For long years that loving presence had inspired him, and when it was withdrawn much of the reason for life went too. Mrs. Garrett’s maiden name was Lovel, her family residing at Nafferton Grange, near Driffield.
Charles Garrett had a strong soul as well as a beautiful one. For instance, he was strongly opposed to that “other world” type of religion which concerns itself exclusively with the realms of the blest, shutting its eyes to the needs of the men and women and children living in our midst to-day. Once in Malton Chapel he expressed strong dissent from the teaching of the lines-
“If my soul could stay in such a frame as this,
I’d sit and sing myself away to everlasting bliss”
“What cowards,” Charles Garrett said, “such men would be: they’re wanting to be off when there’s work to be done!”
Again he did not believe in flattering a zealous congregation. One reason why he was such a favourite in the Malton Circuit was that he could tell the truth in love. I remember that when he was opening the new chapel at Sledmere, in October of 1889 (the site was given by Sir Tatton Sykes), he followed a warm tribute of praise to the local workers with this admonition: “Now that you have got the chapel, you must not think that the work is done. I am quite satisfied with the chapel – but I am concerned about the church” – and then he proceeded to address the company frankly and searchingly on the responsible duties of a Christian congregation.
It was a soul tonic to look into Charles’ Garrett’s face and be the object of one of his perennial smiles. I often wish that I had put down upon paper some of the many things which his gallant henchman, John Hebden (also well-known in Malton), told me about the work Garrett did in Manchester and Liverpool among the outcast and the weary. The story formed a new chapter in the Acts of the Apostles – but was never heard from Charles Garrett’s own modest lips.
Although only resident in Malton for the orthodox three years, Charles Garrett often returned here to greet and be greeted by loving friends, some of whom owed more than tongue can tell to his faithful preaching of the Gospel of Christ.
He was born in Shaftesbury in 1823, ordained in 1850, president of the Wesleyan Conference in 1882, and died in Liverpool in 1900, aged 77 years.
John Gibson, jun., was born at Malton in 1849, and was the youngest child in a family of three boys and three girls. His elder brothers, Peter and Joseph, were employed as clerks of the works by several large firms, and his father, John Gibson, sen., was formerly a joiner and builder and afterwards an architect – in the days when the average architect had not the professional standing now enjoyed by the craft. He was master builder of the Crown Hotel and the adjacent houses known as the Esplanade, on the South Cliff, Scarborough. Indeed, in the old days, he was known as “the Father of New Scarborough,” which at that period was a very small town as compared with the large and prosperous watering place of to-day. John the younger was educated at the private school kept at Malton by Mr. G. Hardy, of the Savings Bank, and on leaving there, after a short period of instruction with his father, was articled to a firm of architects in Darlington.
After leaving Darlington, Mr. Gibson joined his father, first as assistant and then as partner. Most, if not indeed all, of the villas built in Malton were from their designs; also the new business premises and new shop frontages – now looked upon as old ones. Among these the best were those of John Staniland (jeweller), Slater and Sons, B. Leefe and Sons, John Appleby, Leatham, hatfield (grocer), Longster, Thomas Taylor, Fitch and Co., Wrangham and Hardy, Chas. Hartley (chemist), and Moon and Son (clothiers). The new cemetery and buildings were from their plans, and it has been said of Christopher Wren who planned St. Paul’s – “If you wish to see his monument – look around.”
Mr. Gibson’s greatest technical achievement was a plan for the re-building and extension of the Scarborough Spa, after the destructive fire of many years ago. Among numerous talented contributors in the competition, his plans and sketches came second, and there were many people who thought they were entitled to the first place. He was a great admirer of Charles Dickens, and constantly quoted from his numerous novels. He was also a student of the works of Huxley, Spencer, Ruskin, Darwin, and other great lights of the Victorian era. He died in July, 1882, at the early age of 33 years, after a long illness, lamented by everyone who had had the privilege of coming into contact with his interesting and gifted personality – indeed by all the inhabitants of the town and district, who respected him greatly for his character and work.
SPECTATOR Bygone Maltonians, Yorkshire Gazette, 19th April 1913
By the death of Mr Thomas Muir Goldie, which occurred on Saturday afternoon last, Malton has lost one of its best-known and most respected tradesmen. Carrying on business as Goldie & Co., tailors, hatters, and outfitters, in Yorkersgate, opposite the top of Railway Street, deceased's house of business was as well known as any place in the town, and Mr Goldie himself was a familiar figure, although he had never taken any active part in public affairs - at any rate he had never held public office.
A native of Edinburgh, mr Goldie came to England 52 years ago, as manager in the shop of Messrs Hart and Hill, hatters and outfitters. About 1864 Messrs Hart and Hill dissolved partnership, and Mr Hart going to Scarborough Mr Goldie followed him. He stayed in Scarborough ten years and then came back to Malton and took over the business from Mr Charles Hill who died some time after. From 1874 Mr Goldie had carried on the business successfully ever since. For the last year or two he had not been able to take quite so active a part in the business, the management of which devolved on his son, Mr John Goldie. deceased had attained the advanced age of 81 years. He had general enjoyed good health but as age crept his physical condition had failed somewhat.
Deceased had taken a very active part in Freemasonry. He was initiated in the Camalodunum Lodge, 660, Malton, in 1876 when the late Mr Robert Bankes was W.M. He served in various offices, and in 1885 occupied the chair of King Solomon. he continued his interest in the Lodge, and had held Provincial rank as well, being P.P.G.S.B. So late as Tuesday last week he attended the installation meeting at the Camalodunum Lodge, and expressed his pleasure at the way the ceremony was performed, declaring that he had never seen it carried out better. He was likewise a P.Z. and P.P.G.St.B. in the Royal Arch Degree, and a P.M. and P.P.G.S.O. in Mark Masonry, being one of the first members of the Fitzwilliam Lodge, 277.
The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon last at the Malton Cemetery. (List of chief and other mourners).
Mr. J.D. Dodsworth, of Yorkersgate, Malton, was the undertaker, and under his supervision the arrangements were most efficiently carried out.
Malton Messenger, 26 February 1910
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