- Born : 1830-1 at Salford
- Married : 1869 Elizabeth Collins nee Kennedy at St Johns Church Manchester
- Died : After 1901
Nothing is yet known of John Cresswell’s early life. By 1869 he was Principal Assistant and Architect Manchester City Surveyors Department. (Surveyor John Allison). In that year, he was almost unanimously appointed County Architect of Northumberland. There were upwards of seventy candidates for the post.