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.

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.

Rush-Bearing by Alfred Burton

Book Cover: Rush-Bearing by Alfred Burton
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 7.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781291941807
Pages: 158

The practice of strewing rushes in church as a primitive carpet has long since passed into history but the rush-bearing tradition is still upheld in a few towns in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Many of our old customs are fading away into the dim mists of antiquity, and all but the name will soon be forgotten. This is much to be regretted, because they were attended with a great deal of pure enjoyment, and were looked forward to by the people for weeks before the event.

One of these is the old custom of strewing rushes, and its attendant ceremony of the rush-bearing, with its quaint rush-cart and fantastic morris-dancers.

Once common to the whole country, it now lingers only in a few isolated places, principally in the hill districts of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Dialect of South Lancashire or Tim Bobbin’s Tummus and Meary by John Collier

Book Cover: Dialect of South Lancashire or Tim Bobbin’s Tummus and Meary by John Collier
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2014: £ 8.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781326080969
Pages: 183

John Collier was an English caricaturist and satirical poet known by the pseudonym of Tim Bobbin. His first and most famous work, A View of the Lancashire Dialect, or, Tummus and Mary, appeared in 1746, and is the earliest significant piece of Lancashire dialect to be published

He died in 1786 leaving the sum of £50 and was buried in the churchyard of Rochdale Parish Church, St. Chad’s. He wrote his own epitaph 20 minutes before he died, “Jack of all trades…left to lie i’th dark” which is inscribed upon his gravestone.

He had also written a number of other humorous epitaphs for graves, a number of which can still be seen in St. Chad’s churchyard.

This 1850 edition also includes an enlarged and amended glossary of Lancashire Dialect compiled by Samuel Bamford.

In Olden Days – Legends of Rochdale and its Neighbourhood by Rev. G. R. Oakley

Book Cover: In Olden Days – Legends of Rochdale and its Neighbourhood by Rev. G. R. Oakley
Editions:Paperback - FolkCustoms 2016: £ 11.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781326526993
Pages: 214

Rev. George Robert Oakley (1864-1932) was born in Dublin but his family moved to Yorkshire when he was an infant.

He was educated at Sheffield Royal Grammar School and St. Aidan’s Theological College, Birkinhead. When the church of St. Andrew’s, Dearnley was completed in 1895 he became the first vicar of that church.

During this time he collected together the myths and legends of the local area for this book.

In 1923 he became the Vicar of St. Mary the Virgin, Illingworth returning over the border into Yorkshire until his death.

His stories in this volume are

  • The Legend of Stubley Hall
  • The Legend of Clegg Hall
  • The Legend of Belfield Hall
  • The Legend of Dearnley
  • The Legend of Butterworth Hall
  • The Legend of Rochdale Castle
  • The Legend of Castleton
  • The Legend of Buckley Hall
  • The Legend of Tunshill
  • The Legend of Ashworth Chapel
  • The Legend of Littleborough
  • The Legend of the Monstone
  • The Legend of Schofield Hall
  • The Legend of Healey Dell
  • The Legend of the Calderbrook Torque
  • The Legend of the Baum Rabbit
  • The Legend of Royton Hall
  • The Legend of Brown Wardle
  • The Legend of Stubbylee
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