Timothy Trow—local hero
On 13th April 1894 around 4pm a young man gave his life for a child he did not know.
This is the story of Timothy Trow who was a 21 year old tram conductor from Shelton who jumped into the former Newcastle Canal in West End, Stoke to rescue 4 year old Jane Ridgway who had fallen in. He got cramps in the cold dirty water and his colleagues attempted to get him out but failed. Jane was rescued.
It is now 122 years since that heroic attempt and we are going to honour him at 11:00 on Saturday 16th April near to the spot where he died. All are welcome.
It is the duty of local councils to name new streets. In Stoke that is done by consultation with developers. In September 2013 I saw that the proposed street names for the new development on the former Boothen School had no local significance whatsoever—some were even states in USA!! Following some discussion it was agreed that Timothy Trow ought to be remembered by this street being named after him.
This is how Trow Close got its name.