Articles, History, People

An Amazing Woman

by Karen J Mossman I love old photos and came across this one. It was taken in 1928 and the Rose Queen in the centre is my Auntie Molly. She was an incredible and interesting character. The daughter of a local councillor, she was born in 1914. She defied her religious family and married an… Continue reading An Amazing Woman

Articles, Stories

The Ode to Lancashire Cotton Corporation

Tune: The Church’s One Foundation I was searching through a box that has been kept in the loft for the last twenty years. It was full of old photos, newspaper, and postcards, etc. Amongst them I found this on a postcard. We are the Cotton Saviours,The Boys of the L.C.C. We cannot spin, we cannot… Continue reading The Ode to Lancashire Cotton Corporation

Articles, Places

Reflections of Simmondly

Simmondly is a small village in Glossop, Derbyshire, and in the early 1900s John Pedder, a retired councillor for Stretford Urban Council in Manchester, had a holiday cottage there. Their granddaughter, Molly, told me the story of Simmondly before she passed away in 2014 aged 100.  'We had this great big trunk which we’d pack… Continue reading Reflections of Simmondly


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… Continue reading Various Subjects of 1889


The Tall Men’s Club

Here Charles Henry Stott, my two times great grandfather talks about the different types of clubs - A Little Men's Club, A Tall Men's Club, A Silent Club, and A Terrible Club. I've picked out this one, and will follow it up with the other's at a later date. The articles all come from is… Continue reading The Tall Men’s Club


Various Subjects, an Old Book of Local History

by Charles Henry StottCharles Stott was my great, great-grandfather and he wrote a book which was passed through the family and finally ended up with me. Many of the articles it contains are fascinating because he is a social history buff and an observer of life in the late 1800s. The writing style is very… Continue reading Various Subjects, an Old Book of Local History



This is an article written by my two times great grandfather from a book entitled Various subjects and is dated 1889. For a full explanation. I found this article didn't say as much about holidays as I would have liked to have read. It's more like he is writing in a journal about his observations… Continue reading Holidays

History, Stories

A Total Eclipse​ of the Moon in 1891

Taken from the Oswestry Advertiser, exact date unknown. A completely different style of writing when why use one word when then would do!   A correspondent writes:  The total eclipse of the moon, which took place on Sunday week, passed off in a manner most satisfactory to all, excepting those who witnessed it.  At Llanymynech… Continue reading A Total Eclipse​ of the Moon in 1891

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A Visit to Kersal Cell

One of these is Kersal Cell, at Higher Broughton, near Manchester, which was originally built on the site of an old monastery of Cluny monks, which being one of the richest monastic establishments in Lancashire was sequestered, with many others by King Henry the Eighth

Articles, History


AN ASSAULT IN COURT While I was searching the archives in Shropshire looking for something to do with my family history, I came across this. I thought it was quite fascinating. Flora Manuel, an inmate of the Union Workhouse, was charged with refusing to work, and with threatening the labour mistress, Miss Isabella Graham. As… Continue reading AN INCORRIGIBLE WOMAN