Snippets from the Monthly Oldham & District Newsletter

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The newsletter sets out to do more than just bring readers up to date with Branch news and what's happening out and about around Oldham and Manchester. It also contains a mix of short articles on family histories (many sent in by readers), and transcriptions that range through manorial records, local mythology and history, social conditions and much more. We include a write-up of the talk given at the previous month's meeting. In the Gallery, each month, you will find a couple of images.
Most of them are in the section 'Mixed Bag' and a few are in the 'e-Postbag'

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 Articles        Transcriptions        Gallery

Articles 2021 :
* Something To Ponder ... 2021-01
* Family Secrets And Lies ... A Family Story ... 2021 -03
* Joseph Nadin, Thiefcatcher and the Next Generation ... 2021-03
* A Russian connection ... enclosed in a letter to the Collins family in Russia ... 2021-04
* Memories of the ‘Tin Mission,’ Neville Street, Oldham ... 2021-05
* The Manor, and Manorial Records ... 2021-06
* William Nield Moss - a leading light in the George Street and King Street Chapels .... 2021-08
* Samuel Collins-Manchester food riot of November 12th 1757 ... 2021-08
* Empire Theatre Memories ... 2021-08
* Edward at Passchendaele - write up of the August talk ... 2021-09
* Thrice Married Elisabeth Rose and The Will (also on the website) ... 2021-09
* James Whitworth (1801 - 1889) Transported to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) for forgery ... 2021-09
* The Adventures (and Mis-Adventures) of Frederick Scrivener Hilary Basil Boddington 1892 – 1965, Aka - Basil Boddington ... 2021-10
* Greenacres Cemetery WW1 Walk : a guided tour of the
cemetery’s World War One graves ... 2021-10
* Finding Jonathan ... 2021-10
* Lewis’s and Store Life ...2021-10
* 1921 Postcard ... 'Building a hypothetical story' round the names ... 2021-11

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Articles 2020 :
* Further Adventures of Joseph and John Travis ... 2020-02
* Remembering 8th May, 1945, 75 years since V.E. Day (Victory in Europe) - Len's Story ... 2020-05
* "Captain Tom Moore : RAF flypast in veteran's honour" ... 2020-06
* A German Armaments Manufacturer in Oldham During World War One ... 2020-06
* 'Eighty Years on, from June 1940' : Guernsey evacuees ... 2020-06
* More about the Guernsey Boys ... 2020-07
* Failsworth view - Bag of Gold ... 2020-07
* The Summerscales Of Oldham ... 2020-07
* A Gartside Sent to Van Diemen's Land - "Man's Inhumanity to Man" ... 2020-08
* The Hollands or Hollonds of Royton Walk Mill ...2020-10
* George Holden of Holden Fold ... 2020-10
* Feet Up! ... 2020-11
* John And Dinah Ogden ... 2020-11
* Joseph Starkey ... 2020-12

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Articles 2019 :

* An Almost Forgotten Centenary? Alcock's and Brown's 1919 flight ... 2019-06
* Sylvia Pankhurst ... 2019-12
* Joseph Travis, grocer, of Oldham ... 2019-12

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Resource in italics, transcript in bold italics

Transcripts 2021 :
* Rowbottom's Diary
 Samuel Andrew's transcript of the 'Royton Races' from Samuel Bamford's chapter in his book, 'Early Days':... 2021-01

* Register of Oldham News & Reports by Edwin Buterworth'
The 1832 General Election in Oldham, following the Great Reform Act of that year 12th December 1832 - 30th October 1833 ... 2021-01

* Worrall's 1871 Directory of Oldham
another glimpse of a long-gone way of life ...2021-02

* Oldham Chronicle 1868,
The Late Joseph Howarth, The Oldham Bell-Man: Unveiling Of The Statue In The Park ... 2021-03

* 'Glimpses into the Abyss': Five Days And Five Nights As A Tramp Among Tramps' by Mary Higgs pub.1906
Serialised from 2021-03 to 2021-07

* Local Notes and Gleanings' by Giles Shaw, Vol.1, 1886 - 1887
The Glass Window Tax ... 2021-05

*Saddleworth Historical Society Bulletin : Number 1, Vol. 15, (1985)
Buckleys of Grotton Hall ... 2021-05

* A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain' Vol. 2, written by John Bernard Burke, published in 1853
Grotton Hall ... 2021-05

* A Genealogical Memorial of the Family of Buckley of Derby and Saddleworth' by Henry Fishwick, published in 1900
T'he Buckley Family of Derby & Saddleworth' ... 2021-06

* 'Lancashire Legends' by Harland & Wilkinson, pub 1873, Manchester
The Famous History Of The Lancashire Witches ... 2021-07

* Extract from Crompton Tradesmen's Association Almanac and Street Directory of Crompton 1936' ... 2021-07

* Manchester Streets and Manchester Men, by Thomas Swindells pub. 1908
Shudehill. P. 115 Bradshaw Hall & Shude Hill Fight ... 2021-08

* Truth in a Mask: or Shude-hill fight; Being A Short Manchesterian Chronicle of the Present  by Tim Bobbin ... 2021-08

* Old Manchester - A Series of Views ... Drawn by Ralston, James, and Others Introduction by James Croston, Pub 1875, pages 1 - 5 of Introduction ... 2021-09

* Autobiography Of A Manchester Cotton Manufacturer : Or Thirty Years' Experience Of Manchester ', pub. 1887.
Serialised from 2021-10

* The Book of English Trades Illustrated' pub 1827
(1) 'The Bleacher' & 'The Brickmaker' 2021-10
(2) 'The Wire Drawer' and 'The Cork cutter' 2021-11

Resource in italics, transcript in bold italics

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Transcriptions 2020 :
* The Jubilee History of the Oldham Industrial Co-operative Society Limited 1850 - 1900 by J.C. Taylor, Manchester 1900
Preface, Oldham Fifty Years Ago, and Chapter ll How the society Started ... 2020-02

* Oldham Chronicle, 
(1) 19th July 1879, An Oldham Worthy : John Wrigley, sometimes called “The Churn Milk Sergeant” ... 2020-03
(2) December 2, 1876 : Bad Roads in Oldham ... 2020-08
(3) Monday, February 11, 1901 Troublesome Elephants at Mumps  Station ... 2020-09

* History, Directory, and Gazetteer of the County Palatine of Lancaster; Vol 2 , Edward Baines, 1825
'Oldham' (including the townships) ... 2020-03

* The Every-Day Book and Table Book' by William Hone, pub. 1826
(1) April 23rd St. George the Martyr, Patron of England ... 2020-04
(2) May St Dunstan & The Devil ... 2020-05
(3) June Buy a Broom? ... 2020-06

* Goblin Tales of Lancashire' by James Bowker, Published 1878
'The King Of The Fairies' ... 2020-04

* 'The Holidays: Christmas, Easter & Whitsuntide' Nathan B.Warren pub 1868 (New York)
Easter ... 2020-04

* Newspaper : 'ARABIC' Victim Identified At Baltimore ... 2020-04

* 'Lives and Legends of the English Bishops and Kings, Mediaeval Monks, and or the Later Saints' by Mrs. Arthur Bell, pub. 1904,
May 19th is, traditonally, St. Dunstan's Day, pages 155-161 ... 2020-05

* Lancashire Sketches by Edwin Waugh pub 1869
The Knocker - Up' ... 2020-07

* Rowbottom's Diary
Extracts concerning Thomas Henshaw 1807 - 1829 ... 2020-07

* The Annals of Manchester : A Chronological Record from the Earliest Times to the End of 1885', ed. . William E.A. Axon, pub. 1886
Introduction 2020-08

* 'Legends of Longdendale by Thomas Middleton, Pub. 1906
Robin Hood's Visit to Longdendale... 2020-08

* Local Notes and Gleanings' by Giles Shaw, Vol.1, 1886 - 1887
(1) Oldham Newspapers P.194 - 195  ... 2020-09
(2) Notes: Some Account of Royton Chapel and its Notabilia p.179 to 185  ... both  2020-09

* 'The History of Ashton-under-Lyne and the Surrounding District', by William Glover, pub. 1884
The Court Leet pps. 344 - 351 ... 2020-10

* History of the Cotton Manufacture in Great Britain' by Edward Baines, Jun., Pub. in 1835.
from the Preface : pages 6, 7 & 8 ... 2020-11

* Lancashire Illustrated', pub. 1831
(1) Entrance To The Tunnel Of The Liverpool And Manchester Railway, Edge Hill.
(2) Market-Street - Cunliffes, Brooks, And Co's Bank, Manchester ...  both 2020-11

* The Manchester Courier, 2nd January, 1853
The Amenities of Factory Life ...2020-11

* Short Stories of Failsworth Folk', by Sim Schofield, Pub.1905
A Christmas Story : Love And Independence In Poverty ... 2020-12

* Oldham Town Centre - through the 'Brierly Map' By Gary Millward
Serialised in 5 parts 2020-12 to 2021-04

Resource in italics, transcript in bold italics

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Transcriptions 2019 :

* 'Old English Customs : Extant at the Present Time' by P.H. Ditchfield, pub. 1896
(1) "The eve of May Day at Oldham is known as Mischief Night" ... 2019-05
(2) Wakes p.130-131 ... 2019-07

* A Picture of the Manners, Customs, Sports, and Pastimes, of the Inhabitants of England, from the Arrival of the Saxons Down to the Eighteenth Century, Selected from the Ancient Chronicles And rendered into Modern Phraseology.'
by Jehoshaphat Aspin, Pub. 1825
'The first of May was consecrated, and kept in honour of the goddess Flora' ... 2019-05

* 'The Holidays: Christmas, Easter & Whitsuntide' Nathan B.Warren pub 1868 (New York)
(1) Whitsuntide ... 2019-06
(2) Wakes 2019-07

*'Oldham Stories' by Mary Dickinson
Whit Friday ... 2019-06

* 'Lancashire Folk Lore' by Harland & Wilkinson, pub 1867
(1) Whitsuntide ... 2019-06
(2) Boggarts, Ghosts, And Haunted Places. pps 49 to 62 ... 2019-09

* The Every-Day Book and Table Book' by William Hone, pub. 1826
(1) July 15th, St. Swithin's Day ... 2019-07
(2) October 5th Sale Of Hyde-Park-Corner Toll-Gate ... 2019-10

* Oldham Chronicle :
(1) November 29th, 1884 A Night With Peterloo Veterans ... 2019-08
(2) Saturday April 25th,1925 in 'Times That Are Gone By', History of Oldham Under the Chuchwardens' by Hartley Bateson. ... 2019-12

* 'Historical Sketches of Oldham' by Edwin Butterworth (Pub. 1856)
Account of Peterloo pages 167 - 174 ...2019-08

* 'Lancashire Legends' by Harland & Wilkinson, pub 1873, Manchester.
Clegg Hall pps 10 - 12 ... 2019-10

* Guy Fawkes : Chap book No. 12
Guy Fawkes, Or The Gunpowder Plot ... 2019-11
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Resource in italics, transcript in bold italics
In the gallery unless stated differently

Images 2021 :
Postcards
* The Norden, Chadderton... 2021-01
* Town Hall & War memorial ... 2021-02
*The Duck Lake ... 2021-02
* 'Big Lamp' , Shaw ... 2021-04
* Cutler Hill, Failsworth ... 2021-04
* Daisy Nook ... 2021-04
* Tommyfield Market, Oldham' (enclosed in a letter from Russia) ... 2021-04
* Daisy Nook 2 - postcard in article 2021-06
* Oldham Street, Manchester  (in 1921 centenary article) ... 2021-09

British Library
THE LUTTRELL PSALTER circa 1330:
* Plough drawn by four yoked oxen
* Roasting meats on a spit
* Windmill with miller
* Harrowing
* 2 decorative images of text without titles
2021-06

Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain' Vol. 2, John Bernard Burke pub.1853
* Grotton Hall (in 'Mixed Bag' article)
2021-06

Tim Bobbin (John Collier)
* Frontispiece from 1773 Edition of Human Passions deliniated
* Frontispiece from 1810 edition
* Old Age with mutual content 1773 & 1810
2021-08

The Rothschild Archive, London
* Prospectus (front cover) and Map for Proposed Manchester Ship Canal
2021-09

Costumes of Yorkshire
* 'Stone Breakers on the Road '
* 'The Teasel Field'
2021-10

The History of Ashton-under-Lyne and the Surrounding District', William Glover, pub. 1884.
* Denton Hall
* The Old Workhouse
2021-11

John Trafford Clegg, The Works of (Th' Owd Weighver) pub 1895
* 'Rochdale from St. Chad's Church Yard'
* Rochdale Town Hall Square'
2021-11

Account of Several Workhouses , pub. 1732
* Ashton under Lyne Workhouse (text description)
* Front cover of 'Account of Several Workhouses
2021-11

Resource in italics, transcript in bold italics
In the gallery unless stated differently

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Images 2020 :

GOODYEAR family collection :
* Failsworth Wesleyan Church : Whitsuntide Walks on Oldham Road, (circa 1925)
* Whitsuntide new clothes (circa 1888)
2020-05

Failsworth Wesleyan Amateur Dramatics:
* The Dogs of Devon
* The Emerald Isle
* The Magic Cup
* Erminie
2020-06

* 'Failsworth View'
* Flossie with doll
2020-07 (in article)

* Inside the Town Hall, Manchester, before being closed for renovation
* Manchester Skyline, from the 14th floor in Salford
2020-07

The Jackson Brothers : a family of photographers' by John W Taylor
* Chadderton Hall
* Foxdenton Hall
2020-01

J.C. Taylor Pub. 1900
The JUBILEE HISTORY of the Oldham Industrial Co-operative Society Limited 1850 - 1900
* The Jubilee Committee
* New Millinery And Mantle Department, King Street
2020-02

British Museum:
The Antiquary's Books : Parish Life in Mediaeval England' by Abbott Gasquet, D.D., Published 1906
* Sacrament of Confirmation
* Youths Receiving Holy Communion
* Archideaconal Visitation
* Sacrament of Matrimony
2020-03

Sim Schofield: Short Stories about Failsworth Folk'
* Sim with the artist, Charles Potter
2020-03

The Everyday Table Book, Hone, 1826
* St George & The Dragon (in article)
2020-04

'The Mystery of Easter Island : The Story of an Expedition', Mrs. Scoresby Routledge,  pub. 1920
* Standing Statues
* A Statue on its back.
2020-04

'Old Manchester' Intro.Croston; drawings by Ralston, circa 1820... pub. 1875
* Market Street (no.7)
* Market Street (no. 43)
* Old Blackfriars Bridge (No. 38)
2020-07

* King Street' (in article)
2020-08

* Eagle and Child coffeehouse, across an open court in which stood a pump. (no. 37)
Market-place (no. 32)
* Crossstreet, looking towards St. Mary's-gate. (no. 3)
(all in article) 2020-09 

Ben Clayton's Photo Album
* 'Westinghouse 1903'
* Large Wheel at 'Westinghouse 1903
2020-08

Giles Shaw Local Notes and Gleanings' Pub. 1887
* Unveiling the Statue of John Platt 1878
2020-09

Photos
* 1932-1933 Hockey Team, Hulme Grammar School
*1932-1933 Girls' Cricket Team, Hulme Grammar School
both 2020-09

'Lancashire' Leo Grindon, pub. 1892 
* The Dinner Hour' 2020-09
* On the Canal 2020-10

The History of Ashton-under-Lyne, William Glover, pub. 1884.
* Ashton old Cross (in article 2020-10)
* Albion Schools
* Old Stocks
2020-10

Lancashire Illustrated', pub. 1831
* Market-Street - Cunliffes, Brooks, And Co's Bank, Manchester  (in article)
* Entrance To The Tunnel Of The Liverpool And Manchester Railway, Edge Hill'.
2020-11

Salford, The Islington Mill 1824,
2020-11

Colin Ratcliffe Family
* Chadderton Fold (postcard)
* Ratcliffe family
* Chadderton Fold - Looking towards St. Matthew's Church, (postcard)
* 'Bishop Lake's House' Chadderton Fold. (postcard)
2020-12

Resource in italics, transcript in bold italics
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Images 2019 :
GOODYEAR family collection :
Edwardian Failsworth :
* Whit Walks on Wickentree Lane;
* Whit Walks in Failsworth
2019-06

* Clayton War Memorial - after the unveiling
2019-07

* Peterloo Tapestry in Manchester Cathedral (in article)
2019-09 

* Interior of St Thomas's, Friarmere (Heights Chapel), Delph
* Elizabeth Jane Rydings ... one of the earliest women cyclists in Failsworth
2019-10

Denise North
* Oldham Memorial Window - in Ypres
2019-07

Joan Secker-Wlodarczyk
* Peterloo Memorial
* Peterloo Memorial 2
2019-09

'Traditions of Lancashire', John Roby pub.1872
* Clegg Hall ... in article
2019-10

Ben Clayton's Photo Album
* Thorp Farm, Royton in 1899 ...
2019-05

"History of the Cotton Manufacture in Great Britain..." Edward Baines Jnr. Pub. 1835
* Cotton Factories, Union Street, Manchester
* The Exchange, Manchester
* Power Looms
* Mule Spinning
2019-08

* Guido Fawkes and his Associates in transcripton of Chap book
2019-11

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