the other two inscriptions on the monument are:
In / loving memory / of Fanny Dove Hamel-Dyson / daughter of / Richard and Fanny Harris
/ Born 24 October 1810 / died 23 February 1873.
In memory of / Fanny / the beloved wife of Richard Harris esq / (eldest daughter of
William and Martha Dove / of Moulton / in the county of Northampton).
Born May 24 1774 / died March 7 1842.
Richard Harris began his working life as a printer's apprentice with the Leicester
Herald. One evening, so the story goes, just before the newspaper was to be printed, young
Richard knocked over some of the newly-set type, turning it into 'pie'. However, the publisher,
Richard Phillips, who was to become Lord Mayor of London, was an ingenious man and, as there
was no time to reset before the paper had to be printed in order to catch the stage, he ordered
the printer to leave the type as it was. Above the nonsensical jumble of letters Phillips had
printed words to the effect that just as the paper was going to press they had received an
express from Holland and as there had been no time to translate the text, it was printed just
as received in the 'original Dutch'. The translation, Phillips went on to say, would
appear in the next issue - needless to say it never did.
It may have been this mishap that made young Richard realize that newspaper life
for him and he joined his father's hosiery business. It was not long before he was able to
open his own business in Soar Lane and by 1803 his business had expanded so much that he had
to move into larger premises in Harvey Lane. A year later he owned
a factory in Braunstone Gate and a warehouse in King Street.
Richard Harris purchased the Freedom of the Borough in 1823 and, in December 1835, was elected
as one of the new Liberal councillors. In 1843 was mayor and as such was presented to
Queen Victoria during her visit to Belvoir Castle. In 1848, he was elected
as one of the town's two MPs.
Outside politics Richard Harris was a devout Methodist, founding the
Charles Street Chapel in 1830.