Rochdale and the Vale of Whitworth by William Robertson

Book Cover: Rochdale and the Vale of Whitworth by William Robertson
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2019: £ 16.99 GBP
ISBN: 9780244457808
Pages: 276

William Robertson (1834 - 1924) came to Rochdale in 1860 as a journalist for the Rochdale Observer and fell in love with the town and surrounding area. He devoted much of his time to creating popular histories of the town and its inhabitants. At the heart of the Industrial Revolution, Rochdale had gone through a huge transformation of growth, wealth and politics. On the whole his histories concentrate on life before the upheaval rather than the grind and poverty of factory life that his readers would be all too familiar with.

Rochdale and the Vale of Whitworth is a companion to Old and New Rochdale and takes us from Cronkeyshaw, on the northern edge of Rochdale, on a journey through the Vale towards Bacup via Shawclough, Whitworth, Facit and Shawforth, again concentrating on the humour and characters that existed in the oral history of the area.

Old and New Rochdale By William Robertson

Book Cover: Old and New Rochdale By William Robertson
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2018: £ 15.99 GBP
ISBN: 9780244422936
Pages: 256

William Robertson (1834 - 1924) came to Rochdale in 1860 as a journalist for the Rochdale Observer and fell in love with the town and surrounding area. He devoted much of his time to creating popular histories of the town and its inhabitants. At the heart of the Industrial Revolution, Rochdale had gone through a huge transformation of growth, wealth and politics. On the whole his histories concentrate on life before the upheaval rather than the grind and poverty of factory life that his readers would be all too familiar with.

Old and New Rochdale takes a meander through the town of Rochdale and some of its outlying areas (which have merged into the town in modern times) weaving a tale built up from the oral history and anecdotes of the area.

Robertson in part financed his books by persuading local businesses to place advertisements and these can be found at the back of the book giving further insight into the character of the town at this time.

Rochdale Past and Present By William Robertson

Rochdale Past and Present
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2018: £ 16.99 GBP
ISBN: 9780244118570
Pages: 308

William Robertson (1834 - 1924) came to Rochdale in 1860 as a journalist for the Rochdale Observer and fell in love with the town and surrounding area. He devoted much of his time to creating popular histories of the town and its inhabitants. At the heart of the Industrial Revolution, Rochdale had gone through a huge transformation of growth, wealth and politics. On the whole his histories concentrate on life before the upheaval rather than the grind and poverty of factory life that his readers would be all too familiar with.

Rochdale Past and Present is a more robust history than the following volumes concentrating more on the infrastructure of Rochdale and its rapid transformation as the industrial revolution brought new wealth to the town. A new charter of incorporation also brought rapid political change.

Robertson in part financed his books by persuading local businesses to place advertisements and these can be found at the back of the book giving further insight into the character of the town at this time.

Traditions of Lancashire Vol 1 by John Roby

Book Cover: Traditions of Lancashire Vol 1 by John Roby
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 19.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291700039

A collection of folk tales and stories from Lancashire

  • Sir Tarquin
  • The Goblin Builders
  • Mab’s Cross
  • The Prior of Burscough
  • The Eagle and Child
  • The Black Knight of Ashton
  • Fair Ellen of Radcliffe
  • The Abbot of Whalley
  • Sir Edward Stanley
  • George Marsh, The Martyr
  • Dr. Dee, The Astrologer
  • The Seer
  • The Earl of Tyrone
  • Hoghton Tower
  • The Lancashire Witches
  • Siege of Lathom
  • Raven Castle
  • The Phantom Voice
  • The Bar-Gaist
  • The Haunted Manor House
  • Clitheroe Castle
  • The Grey Man of the Wood

Traditions of Lancashire Vol 2 by John Roby

Book Cover: Traditions of Lancashire Vol 2 by John Roby
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 19.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291700145
Pages: 477

A second collection of folk tales and stories from Lancashire

  • The Fairies Chapel
  • The Luck of Muncaster
  • The Peel of Fouldrey
  • A Legend of Bewsey
  • The Blessing
  • The Dule Upo’ Dun
  • Windleshaw Abbey
  • Clegg Hall
  • The Mermaid of Martin Meer
  • George Fox
  • The Demon of the Well
  • The Sands
  • The Ring and the Cliff
  • The Dead Man’s Hand
  • The Lost Farm
  • The Maid’s Stratagem
  • The Skull House
  • Rivington Pike
  • Mother Red-Cap
  • The Death-Painter
  • The Crystal Goblet.

Self-Help By the People – The History of the Rochdale Pioneers by George Jacob Holyoake

Book Cover: Self-Help By the People – The History of the Rochdale Pioneers by George Jacob Holyoake
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2013: £ 12.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291636598
Pages: 280

The history of the founding of the Co-operative movement

The Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers (est. 1844) formed the basis for the principles on which co-operatives around the world operate to this day. On 21 December 1844, they opened their store with a very meager selection of butter, sugar, flour, oatmeal and a few candles. Within three months, they expanded their selection to include tea and tobacco, and they were soon known for providing high quality, unadulterated goods at a fair prices and honest weights. The profits from the shop were returned to the members as a dividend based on the amount each spent in the shop.

John Bright by Charles Anthony Vince

Book Cover: John Bright by Charles Anthony Vince
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2013: £ 8.00 GBP
ISBN: 9781291642278
Pages: 148

Biography of John Bright, British Radical and Liberal statesman, one of the greatest orators of his generation, In partnership with Richard Cobden, he founded the Anti-Corn Law League.

In 1843 Bright was the Free Trade candidate at a by-election at Durham. He was defeated, but his successful competitor was unseated on petition, and at the second contest Bright was returned. In the Anti-Corn Law movement the two speakers, Cobden and Bright, complemented of each other. Cobden did the reasoning, Bright supplied the declamation, but mingled argument with appeal. No orator of modern times rose more rapidly. From 1847 until 1857 he was MP for Manchester, but his unpopular opposition of the Crimean War lost him his seat but a few months later he was returned unopposed as one of the two MPs for Birmingham. Bright died at his home One Ash on 27 March 1889 and was buried in the graveyard of the meeting-house of the Religious Society of Friends in Rochdale.

Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-Lore by Charles Hardwick

Book Cover: Traditions, Superstitions and Folk-Lore by Charles Hardwick
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 9.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291702163
Pages: 261

Folk-Lore (Chiefly Lancashire and the North of England)

Our nursery legends and popular superstitions are fast becoming matters of history, except in the more remote and secluded portions of the country. But now that the light of modern investigation, and especially that ray furnished by recent discoveries in philological science, has been directed towards their deeper and more hidden mysteries, profound philosophical historians have begun to discover that from this apparently desolate literary region much reliable knowledge may be extracted, leading to conclusions of the most interesting and important kind, with reference to the early history of our race.

The Lancashire Witches A Romance of Pendle Forest by William Harrison Ainsworth

Book Cover: The Lancashire Witches A Romance of Pendle Forest by William Harrison Ainsworth
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 16.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291935172
Pages: 549

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.

Three Accounts of Peterloo and The Story of Peterloo by Francis Archibald Bruton

Book Cover: Three Accounts of Peterloo and The Story of Peterloo by Francis Archibald Bruton
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 7.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291949940
Pages: 120

A peaceful demonstration in 1819 turned to carnage when the authorities made a bungled attempt to disperse the crowd.

The Peterloo Massacre occurred at St Peter’s Field, Manchester, England, on 16 August 1819, when cavalry charged into a crowd of 60,000–80,000 that had gathered to demand the reform of parliamentary representation.

Shortly after the meeting began local magistrates called on the military authorities to arrest Hunt and several others on the hustings with him, and to disperse the crowd. Cavalry charged into the crowd with sabres drawn, and in the ensuing confusion, 15 people (including women and children) were killed and hundreds were injured.

Within this volume are published three eyewitness reports of the event which F. A. Burton thought worthy of publication along with his “Story of Peterloo.”