Born at Enfield, Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire, 22nd July 1843.
Died at Mill House, Enfield, Lancashire, 24th October 1902.
He was the son of Joseph Appleby, the proprietor of the firm of Joseph Appleby & Sons, millers and merchants, of Enfield, Blackburn and Liverpool. He was educated at the Grange School, Thorpe-Arch, near Tadcaster, Yorkshire. He learned his cricket at the Enfield Cricket Club where he was coached by John Berry and W.H.Iddison. He played in 58 matches for Lancashire between 1866 and 1887 and in 81 first-class matches in total.
He took over the family firm and amongst other directorships was a member of the board of the Leeds & Liverpool Canal. He was an Alderman of the Lancashire County Council and Chairman of the County Bench, sitting at Church.
In the 1881 Census he is shown living at Mill House, Enfield, aged 37, a corn miller, employing 49 men, with his wife Annie (aged 39) and his two daughters, Gertrude (aged one) and Marion (4 months). They have three servants, a cook, a housemaid and a nurse.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Don Ambrose)