Bury still voted Conservative, this time electing the very well known brewer, now Sir E Walter Greene, Bt, who lived his life as a wealthy sporting country gentleman.
Not surprisingly, it was also used by carriers coming to and from the market.
This was fortunate for him, as he was not to prove much of a politician. At Bury the locals were proud to say that the streets and public buildings would soon be lit by electricity as the works, which belonged to the corporation, were completed in 1900.
Under the Electric Lighting Act of 1882, local authorities were empowered to set up electricity undertakings.
Patriotism ran high in these days of Empire, and Queen Victoria sent consignments of chocolate to the troops wishing them a Happy New Year for January 1st, 1900.
This token of goodwill is well known from the First World War, but it was also a feature of the South African War.