Thomas Staniforth & Co. Sickle works at Hackenthorpe.
John Greenwood was born on February 4th, 1821 at Ryshworth Hall, near Bradford. He was the son of Frederick Greenwood and Sarah Staniforth, the daughter of Samuel Staniforth, the lord mayor of Liverpool.
John is perhaps most notable for building Swarcliffe Hall in Birstwith, near Harrogate in 1850. He engaged Major Rohde Hawkins, architect and husband of his sister Mary Littledale Greenwood to built the hall.
Educated at Lincoln's Inn, John earned a B.A in 1851 and an M.A in 1860. He served as a Liberal MP for Ripon between 1853 and 1865.
John also served as a Justice of the Peace and a Major for the Yorkshire Hussars Yeomanry.
On February 19th, 1852, John married Louisa Elizabeth Barnardiston, the daughter of Nathaniel Clarke Barnardiston, and together the couple had four sons, and one daughter:
- Frederick Barnardiston Greenwood
- Charles Staniforth Greenwood
- Edwin Wilfred Greenwood
- Hubert John Greenwood
- Clara Louisa Greenwood