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Re: Railway travel in the 1870s
« Reply #9 on: Saturday 14 March 15 13:20 GMT (UK) »
thank you all its much appreciated. Yes, they would have had to travel 3rd class as not very well off. Thank you all again it will take a while to digest this info M
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Re: Railway travel in the 1870s
« Reply #10 on: Monday 16 March 15 14:01 GMT (UK) »
Yes, Coppull station was open well before the period you describe. The extant building used to be the goods shed; it is now used as a car workshop.

At the period you describe, Coppull would have been mostly agricultural; its first mill (Coppull Ring Mill) was built much later.

All around, though, were coal pits, and Birkacre was by that time a major calico printing works. "Sans Pareil", of Rainhill Trials fame, spent its last working days raising steam at Coppull Colliery, close to Birkacre, but was removed to a museum in 1863.

Spendmore Lane, now the main route through Coppull, was sometimes referred to as "Back Lane". The old main route was along Chapel Lane, where the only church at that time (which is NOT dedicated to any saint) is found.

The few spinners and weavers would have walked north to work at "Pincock", through Charnock Richard and just over the border into Euxton, or through Burgh to Chorley. Neither would be an easy walk, but our ancestors had little choice and went much further on foot than we imagine. The current B5251 (New Road/Coppull Road) was only built in the thirties. Even Birkacre Road only appeared in the 1890s.
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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Re: Railway travel in the 1870s
« Reply #11 on: Tuesday 17 March 15 19:30 GMT (UK) »
wow that is very interesting thank you I was assuming Cophull Mill was in use. This is very helpful thanks M
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Re: Railway travel in the 1870s
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 17 March 15 19:51 GMT (UK) »
Two of my ancestors travelled from Sheffield to Cambridge, would that have been easy?

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Re: Railway travel in the 1870s
« Reply #13 on: Wednesday 18 March 15 16:20 GMT (UK) »
Two of my ancestors travelled from Sheffield to Cambridge, would that have been easy?
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That would depend on the precise period they made the journey
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Re: Railway travel in the 1870s
« Reply #14 on: Wednesday 18 March 15 18:14 GMT (UK) »
There's a history of Coppull available through the Lancashire Online Parish Clerks page - link at the bottom of http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Coppull/index.html
Looking at ALSTON in south Ribble area, ALSTEAD and DONBAVAND/DUNBABIN etc. everywhere, HOWCROFT and MARSH in Bolton and Westhoughton, PICKERING in the Whitehaven area.

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