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Lancashire / Lancashire Cotton Famine Book
« on: Wednesday 26 December 18 11:02 GMT (UK)  »
I was bought a reprint of a book of Lancashire dialect poetry for Christmas.
The poems in very heavy dialect are about the hard times in the cotton famine ,when Lancashire operatives did not want to work with cotton produced on slave plantations.
There were also blockades at ports ,but there was a  high degree of sacrifice
I was speaking to the giver,when thanking them and mentioned a book about the subject,for the life of me I can’t remember the title.
A novel,but based on fact and at the front a copy of Abraham Lincoln’s letter to the people of Lancashire,thanking them for the great sacrifices they made.
One incident in the book stands out,a bigoted bible thumping preacher takes advantage of a young girl.
He starts buying up the little mills which were closing down and selling for very little money.
He takes advantage of this too,
However the young man who was in love with the girl,knows what has happened,and “fixes “the pressure gauge on a Lancashire boiler,very dangerous!
I won’t say more if anyone wants to read it.

Do any of you clever people recognise the book,and author as the person who gave me the poetry book is now very interested?
I would like to own a copy ,read it first in about 1976 but The Hungry Mills ,which may be the one,was not published until 1978 .
I bought a copy second hand at the Church book fair,but stupidly sent it back with some others I donated  time later.
However I copied the letter from Lincoln.
Any help much appreciated with many thanks in advance.
Hope everyone had a really nice day,just my son and lovely daughter in law
and myself,lots of family phone calls and I was only five minutes late with the food!

World War One / WWI
« on: Friday 02 November 18 00:26 GMT (UK)  »
Just been going through some old posts and have forgotten what GWF
stands for in relation to looking up records of soldiers who fought in WWI.
I now know where my Dad was captured and believe there is info on him on the above site.
Can anyone enlighten me, it seems so obvious but it won’t come to mind.
Thanks in advance. Viktoria.

World War One / WWl , Church Commemoration.
« on: Sunday 07 October 18 19:34 BST (UK)  »
It was decided today that we ought to do something special to mark the 100 th anniversary.
We have been  asked to lend any material we have,photographs etc for two weeks.Medals etc will be put in the safe overnight.
I was seeking inspiration,we have a lovely stained glass window in memory of s young man aged 19 ,killed September 9th 1916,at Delville Wood
at the Southern end of the main site of the Somme,across the road to Albert.
He was Percy Turnbull, of the hereabouts well known family who were in business with Stockdales.
Turnbull and Stockdale.
Sadly gone the way of many textile firms.
We ought to get in touch if possible,I will have to look into that.

But any ideas,as yet we do not know what exactly there is to display.
I thought RootsChatters may have some brilliant ideas,they usually do.
Thanks in advance.


The Lighter Side / Moths at Underworld!
« on: Tuesday 31 July 18 09:34 BST (UK)  »
Oh dear, moths in the underwear factory in Coronation St.!
Well unless the undies are made of wool or pure silk the moths won’t be a bit interested.But of course the  story will be carried out to its conclusion.
I keep saying I am going to stop watching it,I can’t keep up with all the bed hopping  :o.
Trouble is I have watched it from the first programme and even when living abroad we could get it ,albeit a few years out but being there twelve years we did not miss much.It is a sort of habit
I am waiting to see if anyone else notices ,having said that it is of such little importance most people couldn’t care less.
It is just that mis information should not happen
Perhaps it will all come out in the wash.Either that or the undies will be much more scanty than originally intended ;D ;D ;D

The Lighter Side / History
« on: Sunday 06 August 17 18:16 BST (UK)  »
Listening to BBC4 today some one spoke about how some people(and there has been a tread re getting children interested in History and how difficult it sometimes is for them to get a sense of time)just don`t have a sense of time and can`t relate to the past at all.
They told about conducting a group of,if not all Americans at least some in the group  being conducted around a stately home ,were.
The date the house was built,- 16th century -the portraits around the walls. many from the reign of Charles .1.etc .were all explained.
I think a plane flew overhead, ( I was busy in another room but could pretty well hear) and it was explained there was a nearby airport.
An American lady asked whatever possessed the owners to build so near the airport!
And we think little children find it hard .
I can remember my dad talking about life in the trenches, I had a vision of nice, straight, tidy ditches.No sense of the utter chaotic nature of those winding passages deep  in mud.


Family History Beginners Board / Can find one marriage partner but not the other
« on: Friday 04 August 17 21:56 BST (UK)  »
Hello, I have found the marriage of  my father`s aunt, but her husband is not listed -well according to F.B.M.D.-
Rebecca  Ann  Wright m Alfred Dixon in Bury ( she was a resident  nurse at Prestwich hospital which at that time was an asylum for mentally ill people. She otherwise lived in M/C)
The last quarter of 1909.
 Volume 8c   page 815.
Can find no trace of Alfred with free BMD
I would appreciate it very much if anyone can find him, I have just made contact with a descendant of my G.Grandmother`s extended family
I want to give her exact info and whilst I have seen the entry for him quite some  time   ago , I wanted to be sure before passing info on as all my paperwork is as yet sill unpacked.

Many thanks. Viktoria.

How to Use RootsChat (Please don't post requests here) / change of email address
« on: Saturday 13 May 17 19:26 BST (UK)  »
My email address is now different but I still get messages to the previous one and none to the new one. How can I change this on RootsChat please ?   Viktoria..

The Lighter Side / Thanks
« on: Sunday 19 February 17 23:30 GMT (UK)  »
Quite some time ago I asked help from RootsChatters on behalf of my friend who could not trace a baby born to great grandparents. A second baby had been given the name of the first so the first had died but we could not trace him.
 To be brief -- it was a monumental spelling error in the register of deaths. Understandable  but not obvious until the names of all the Italian parents who had lost a baby in the set time span were compared re address , first names, Italian village where they were born etc.
Well Scotland`s People did all that and he`s been found. Whooping cough and Pneumonia at just about a year old and the new baby who was given the same name born just after.
I`d like to thank all who made helpful suggestions etc .
My friend phoned me with the news and it is just 20 year since she first started her search.
She was so pleased to find him.
Perseverance pays off !

Shropshire / Bromlow callow
« on: Saturday 30 July 16 00:56 BST (UK)  »
This ring of trees atop a hill is a well known landmark.

Various sources have it as a guide for drovers, when cattle and sheep were moved around the country to markets and fairs etc.
However I was told another reason many years ago , by the man I named as uncle , because I lived with his family as an evacuee- a courtesy title.
We were looking across the valley towards the callow, from Snailbeach> I asked uncle what it was and why the trees at the top.
He explained that during the first world war the landowner was felling the trees for the war effort, they were destined to be used as retaining timbers for the trenches and to prop up the tunnels
where mining to place underground bombs was happening.
Sadly his son was killed whilst fighting at the front and the landowner asked permission to leave the ring of trees at the top of the hill as a permanent memorial.This he was allowed to do.
I was told this in the early 1940`s but since then I have never heard this story told .

A couple of years ago we were visiting Bishop`s Castle and went into the delightful museum in The House on Stilts . I mentioned the story to two volunteers  on duty that day.
One lady knew the land owner and he had indeed lost a son in WW1. I can`t for the life of me remember the name of the  aristocratic landowner.

Has anyone else any info on this,?. It seems such a pity that the likely  reason for the ring of trees  has been forgotten.
Uncle who when he  told me the story would be in his late fifties, so born about1890 and would have perhaps been a soldier.
I would not like the story -if correct- to be lost.

Any help much appreciated. Viktoria.

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