Phrenology is a pseudoscience that involves the measurement of bumps on the skull to predict mental traits. It is based on the concept that the brain is the organ of the mind, and that certain brain areas have localized, specific functions or modules.
On 27th April 1867, renowned phrenologist Lorenzo Fowler visited the Exchange to talk about phrenology and share his understanding. At the end of his talk, he carried out examinations of two audience members, including Councillor Gregson.
Cllr Gregson was described as knowing he can work hard, but also know when to stop. He is a naturally polite man and at the same time, a very positive man. Mr Fowler said, “I don’t know when I have seen a man with these two organs so distinctly developed as in this man – conscientiousness and firmness.”
After a long and generous analysis, Cllr Gregson thanked Mr Fowler and recommended that the young people present should read Mr Fowler’s works if they wanted to become men.