"a tall, stout, good-looking man. He has a jolly, countrified countenance, with a complexion redolent of health. His face is full, and his features are regular and pleasing. His hair is of a light brown, and he sports a pair of whiskers of which any Spanish Don might be proud."
Following his move to Culverthorpe Hall, his new home just outside the town, Handley became interested in agricultural affairs and the plight of the land working people in regard to the Malt Tax stating
" it was impossible for the present system to continue long; the voice of the people must prevail...."
Proud of their son, the town erected a monument to commemorate the life of Henry Handley who had been born in the town in 1797.