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Obituary 1857 
"...one, James Platt, Esq., one of the members of Parliament for Oldham, and one of the partners of t he well known firm of Platt Brothers and Co, machine makers, was accidently shot on the moors at his estate near Greenfield, Saddleworth, and the wounds proved fatal in little more than an hour afterwards. The circumstances attending the fatal occurrence are of a very distressing character. It appears that the honourable gentleman, who recently returned to Werneth Park from the discharge of his parliamentary duties, went out on Friday forenoon, about elevon..."More.