Snape, Thomas, MP

Leading UMFC layman, born at Salford. He abandoned a prospective career in the Anglican church and became an alkali manufacturer in Widnes, before retiring to serve in community and parliamentary circles. He represented the Heywood Division of Lancashire as a 'radical Liberal' 1892-95 and unsuccessfully contested SE Cornwall in 1900 and Wakefield in 1906. He was an alderman on the Lancashire County Council and chairman of its Technical Instruction committee, a governor of University College, Liverpool. He represented the UMFC at the Ecumenical Methodist Conferences in 1881 and 1891. He was vice-president of the National Temperance League and the National Temperance Federation. He died on 9 August 1912.

His son, Henry Lloyd Snape (1861-post 1933), PhD, was born in Liverpool. Educated at University College, Liverpool, Owen's College, Manchester and the universities of Berlin and Göttingen, he was professor of Chemistry at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth from 1888 to 1901. He then became Director of Education in Lancashire, living in Southport and holding various other teaching and administrative posts. He appears to have become a Wesleyan and was a local preacher with a reassuring combination of sound scientific learning and strong religious convictions. He was a keen teetotaler. In addition to scientific writings, he wrote a pamphlet on systematic and proportionate giving, These ought ye to have done.

  • Methodist Times, 1 March 1894
  • E.L. Ellis, The University College of Wales, Aberystwyth 1872-1972 (1972), p.102
  • M. Stenton, Who's Who of British MPs (1978), 2 p.333