Various Subjects of 1889

by Charles Henry Stott

Charles Stott was my great, great-grandfather and he wrote a book which came down through the family, finally ending up with me. Many of the articles it contained were fascinating and now a part of social history.

By reproducing the articles here means I can share a slice of life in the late 1800s.

The book preface reads:

THE articles that are here reprinted, but not in the order they are given, were

“Written for the Oldham Express”

During the three years that the writer had the pleasure of contributing to that paper. The readers have made inquiries may now be pleased to see the writer’s name, which has been previously withheld, and some may regret that many other articles, that were contributed do not appear it is hoped, however, that those that are elected with be of interest to all who read them.


The book consists of 228 pages and some of the subjects covered are Social Clubs, The British and Foreign Bible Society, An Orthopaedic Hospital, A Children’s hospital, The Oldham Infirmary, Manchester Royal Jubilee Exhibition, The Italian Exhibition, Starvation Garner, Vegetarianism, and The Church Army.

Many of the articles it contains are fascinating because it is a social history of life in the late 1800s. The writing style is very different from today, and so is his outlook on society.

Some of the articles are discriminatory, and sometimes patronising, but I have decided to post them just as they are, without tampering with his original words.

Use the tag #localhistory to find them on this blog

3 thoughts on “Various Subjects of 1889”

  1. Reblogged this on Campbells World and commented:
    So happy to find Karen’s Magic of Stories post and, if you read you will be too.
    Remember these articles are not of today. Keep this in mind as you read and do enjoy!


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