Blue Plaques 04 - 33 Galgate
Alan Wilkinson and Peter Dixon walk the short distance to 41 Galgate and stand by plaque 4, very close to Wilkinson’s hardware store.
Abraham Hilton, native of Barnard Castle, and a notable personality and benefactor of the poor, lived at 33 Galgate until his death in 1902, aged 87. His name survives in the Hilton Charities.
Abraham Hilton was a tea and spirits merchant, and a long-serving member of the Board of Guardians of the Poor, the Local Board of Health and its successor, the Urban District Council.
He was kindly, practical and forthright. Though of a religious nature, he was keenly anti-sectarian and, at his own wish, was buried in unconsecrated ground high on the bank of the Tees, a short distance downstream from Cotherstone. (4 miles from Barnard Castle.)
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