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The Lighter Side / Re: Clogger in Rochdale
« on: Tuesday 30 June 20 19:16 BST (UK)  »

Yesterday I was listening to David Olusoga presenting the BBC programme Black and British and he reveals a plaque commemorating the millworkers of Rochdale supporting the anti-slave trade.  I was born in Rochdale and grew up there until I left home in 1975 and my father Harold Davies worked at Fletcher Bolton until he died in 1977. 

Because of the connection between my father and Fletcher Bolton I became curious about whether Fletcher Bolton was around at the time of the building of "The Famine Road" which was a public works initiative to provide work for the millworkers who were undergoing huge hardship due to the lack of cotton coming into the mills because of the American Civil war.

I "googled" Fletcher Bolton and it came up with your discussion about Fletcher Bolton the clogger. I had thought it was a company partnership between two guys "Fletcher" and "Bolton" but I was very surprised to learn of a connection to Warrington.  My mother and father had moved to Rochdale from Warrington after the Second World War, my father having previously worked at a Timber Merchants in Warrington called "R A Naylor" before the war.

I am just intrigued and want to learn more about this connection between Fletcher, Bolton, Timber, Naylor, Warrington and Rochdale....


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