Sir Robert Peel

Sir Robert Peel (1788 – 1850) joined parliament as a Tory MP in 1809. Born in Bury he was Prime Minister twice between 1834-1835 and 1841-1846. Peel was a great supporter of public parks, securing a grant from the government and contributing personally to the Manchester Committee. Peel Park where Salford Museum stands is named in his honour. Earlier in 1829 as Home Secretary he created the Metropolitan Police who are sometimes called by the nicknames of ‘bobbies’ or ‘peelers’ after him.