Celia Fiennes is remarkable for the journeys she made, in an effort regain her health, riding through the English countryside.
As well as more local journeys she made two epic tours in 1697 and 1698 travelling as far as northern England and Scotland.
Travelling for it’s own sake was unusual in her day, there being few roads, even more unusual for a woman to travel (only accompanied by two servants).
Her accounts of her travels seem to have been written around 1702, after she had retired from travelling, and were never published within her lifetime.
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In this volume, relating to a district with which the writer was intimately acquainted, he has gathered up a few points of local interest, and, in connection with these, he has endeavoured to embody something of the traits of life in South Lancashire with descriptions of its scenery, and with such gleanings from its local history as bore upon the subject, and, under the circumstances, were available to him.
Waugh is commemorated on the Rochdale Dialect Writers’ Memorial,
“In grateful memory of four Rochdale writers of the Lancashire dialect who have preserved for our children in verse and prose that will not die, the strength and tenderness, the gravity and humours of the folk of our day, in the tongue and talk of the people.”
Erected in the year 1900.
- Chapel Island
- Ramble from Bury to Rochdale
- The Cottage of Tim Bobbin
- The Birthplace of Tim Bobbin
- Ramble from Rochdale to the Top of Blackstone Edge
- The Town of Heywood and its Neighbourhood
- The Grislehurst Boggart
- Boggat Ho’ Clough
- Rostherne Mere
- Oliver Fernleaf’s Watch
- Wails of the Workless Poor
- A Wayside Incident During the Cotton Famine
- Saint Catherine’s Chapel
- The Knocker-Up
- The Complaint of a Sad Complaint
- Firelit Shed
- Pilling Moss
- The Forest of Rossendale
- Tattlin’ Mary
- The Storm
- Among the Preston Operatives
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A factually based novel centred around the Lancashire Witch Trials.
The novel is based on the true story of the Pendle witches, who were executed in 1612 for causing harm by witchcraft. Modern critics such as David Punter consider the book to be Ainsworth’s best work.
The subject of the Pendle witches was suggested to Ainsworth by antiquarian and long-time friend James Crossley, President of the Chetham Society.
During 1846 and 1847 Ainsworth visited all of the major sites involved in the story, such as Pendle Hill and Malkin Tower, home of the Demdikes, one of the two families accused of witchcraft.
He wrote the story in 1848, when it was serialised in the Sunday Times newspaper.
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