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I'm shocked, Valerie! ;-)
According to Wikipedia,
"Lancashire Day is the county day of historic Lancashire in England. It is held on 27 November to commemorate the day in 1295 when Lancashire first sent representatives to Parliament, to attend the Model Parliament of King Edward I. Lancashire Day was first held in 1996."
I assume "held" was meant to be "celebrated."
A day late, there's an article in today's The Guardian at <https://www.theguardian.com/uk/the-northerner/2012/nov/28/lancasteruniver...> or <https://tinyurl.com/y7f47s2s>.
A copy of the Lancashire Day proclamation can be found at <http://www.forl.co.uk/lancashire-day/proclamation>
Some interesting facts and figures about Lancashire can be found on the Northern Life website at <http://northernlifemagazine.co.uk/lancashire-day-facts/>.
Perhaps someone might want to take the Lancashire Day quiz the Lancashire Telegraph has put online at <https://tinyurl.com/y8r9sju2>. I did not do well!
PS Am copying my post to LancsGen in case subscribers are interested in any of the links.
Valerie lirakis wrote:
>Hi Lynne and everyone, I wasn't aware there was a Lancashire Day. I was
>talking to a fellow Lancastrian yesterday and he wasn't aware of it either.
>How long has it been in existence and for what reason. Bob, I hope you're
>not going to shame me by telling me it goes back to the Wars of the Roses!
>Hope you are all well
>Valerie - principal lines of research ASHWORTH and LANCASTER in Bolton.
I have just released the latest update to the website into the Halstead
surname and its variants. The details are below my signature and I would be
delighted to here from anyone who has a connection to the name.
This update has concentrated on those who served in WW1 and I am still
working on WW2 which is taking a lot more time as many who died were no born
till after the 1911 census and do not appear on the 1939register.
John Hanson - researching the Halstead/Holstead/Alstead names
Researcher, the Halsted Trust, https://www.halstedresearch.org.uk
Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 10:30 AM – 3 PM
Help make history by sharing your family mementos from the First World War.
Bring along your photos and objects from the conflict to be digitally scanned and archived as part of the nationwide Lest We Forget project, which aims to record as much information about the war during the centenary of its final year.
The History Centre is also looking for contributions to the Bolton Remembers database, a digital record of every serviceman from the borough who fought in either world war.
On the day, there will be a help desk staffed by the Bolton Family History Society to help visitors find out more about their relatives’ experiences.
There will be tours of the archive’s strongroom at 11am and 1pm. At 12noon and 2pm there will be a short discussion about First World War artifacts in the museum as well as tours of the Town Hall’s Hall of Remembrance. Places can be booked on the tours by calling 01204 332185.
Bolton Library and Museum Services
Le Mans Crescent
Bolton BL1 1SE
On Tues 20th November the Leigh & District Family History Society will be welcoming Bill Huyton to talk about the Boat People of Leeds-Liverpool Canal.
Help desk open from 7pm, speaker at 7.30pm followed by refreshments. All welcome for the last meeting of 2018.
Meetings are held in the Derby Room at Leigh Library.
Leigh WN7 1EB
The next meeting of the LFHHS Pendle & Burnley Branch will take place on Wednesday 21 November 2018.
The meeting will be held in the usual venue, the upstairs meeting room at Colne Library BB8 0AP.
Guest Speaker: Virginia Aighton, author of "About the Jam Darling".
Virginia couldn’t bear to open a special suitcase containing her
father's Second World War letters, souvenirs and photos when her father
died. But when she finally did, Ginny found a "treasure trove" of love
letters from the front line, sent home by her father, Accrington
soldier, Jim Allen to his worried fiancé, later wife, Ella. And, after
hours of reading, researching and the odd tear, she turned the letters,
photos, telegrams, and notes - from Jim’s time serving in Europe with
the Irish Guards - into a moving book, which she will tell us all about
The talk starts at 7.30pm - doors open at 7pm so there will be a chance to chat to other members and perhaps ask for help with any problems you have come across in your research. All welcome. The meeting room is upstairs but there is a lift available. The full address is Colne Library, Market Street, Colne, Lancashire, BB8 0AP.
Please note: Colne Library closes to the public at 6pm. The meeting room is accessed for our meeting via the rear entrance facing the car park (which is free in the evenings!).
See the websitehttp://www.lfhhs-pendleandburnley.org.uk <http://www.lfhhs-pendleandburnley.org.uk> for further information.
Application forms to join the Society will be available - please just ask.
Monday afternoon Edmund (sic) Broadley labourer 77 inmate of the
workhouse for some time, choked on a piece of beef. Before the doctor
could arrive he had suffocated. The Blackburn newspaper report was 23
aug 1865. He was buried at Altham as Edward 24 aug and the date of death
is given as 21 aug.
Lan-opc has new Burnley Workhouse entries and I found a William Henry
Broadley who went in and out of the workhouse, but has been indexed
under so many variations of his two names and, indeed, his birth date,
that it will take me a while to sort him out. Of course, that is because
of the way the workhouse listed him. It's not the fault of Lan-opc, who
do sterling work, Marie
Looking for members of any Bracegirdle family, particularly male subjects,
to take a Y111 DNA test to try and link the ancient origins of the family
together. Many do have well established trees, but all seem to end in the
A test would help link many scattered families together. Family Tree DNA
are reducing their price until 22nd November, as this seems to be the only
company with such extensive testing. The Y111 test will go back at least
25 or possibly more generations.
Contact me if you can help.
Julie Tadman julietadman(a)gmail.com
Hi again Jane,
Your story reminds me of looking through a Ribchester census for someone a few years ago and I came across the entries for the Workhouse at Stydd.
I can't remember which census year it was, but the Masters of Workhouses used to complete the census forms. So this particular Master may have completed the form early -- because one of the male inmates had been listed - then crossed through and the word 'Dead' written beside his entry!
I had a vision of a chap being slumped somewhere in the building when the Master completed the forms -- and then found still in the same place a few days later!! The Master then amending the form he had completed. Pure speculation of course and I feel awful, but it did make me smile.
From: Jane Lucas <janelucas(a)me.com>
To: June Dowling <june.dowling(a)yahoo.co.uk>
Sent: Wednesday, 14 November 2018, 16:30
Subject: Re: [LAN] Re: Workhouses and Rules
Yes.. I tend to take that view as well. Only I’ve heard so many stories of people dying in the workhouse of disease and lying in their own filth, for want of a better word. I don’t know enough about the balance here. How frequently were people so badly treated that they died as a result. I haven’t looked into it much because so far I haven’t had any near relatives in that situation. But I’ve watched ‘Who do you Think You Are’.. a couple of those stories (one was Len Goodman) of workhouses were gruesome. One of his grandfather’s?ggf? hanged himself rather than go into the workhouse, knowing what had happened to other relatives. Can’t remember the details though.
Anyway, I have bookmarked your page for future use. Thank you.
I know there’s lots out there, but I dare not look too hard or else a whole day will go by!
We adhere to that rule in our house, June. <vbg>
June Dowling via LANCSGEN <lancsgen(a)rootsweb.com>wrote:
>The rules are quite lengthy BUT PLEASE at least look at Rule XXX regarding the frequency of washing various parts of children!!
>I imagine similar rules existed in most Workhouses.
Remembering James Wright born 27th June 1896 Hendham Vale Cheetham private
2141 7th Battalion Manchester Regiment. Shot ( a dum dum bullet) about 22nd
June 1916 in Gallipoli which meant a "Blighty" for him. We have his army
belt with the bullet hole in it. Died 1973 Ealing West London. Remembering
all those who died and those who survived but carried the scars both
physical and mental for the rest of their lives.
Just to let everyone know Accrington still has fiche records relating to the
above Church and others. John Simpson kindly searched the fiche there and
found the MI I just sent to Barrie Sharples and Lancsgen.
The more people know these accurate records have been saved there and can be
used and are not just partly online, the better.
Thanks again to my dear friend Catherine and John for bringing this to our
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Dear Barrie and all,
I have a dear friend in Whalley and she came to my rescue when I put your enquiry to her. She phoned her friend John and thanks to the original fiche being still kept they have sent the following message for you. JOHN HARTLEY 25yrs.
I think this must be the one, although the wording of the verse is not quite the same. It was the only one I could find, and is where the older graves are and is actually described a table grave in the fiche:
Section 2, no. 10, table
Here lieth the body of JOHN son of MARK and MAHETABEL HARTLEY of Great Hey in Foulridge who died May 10th 1858 aged 25 years. "Remember Man as thou goes by, As thou art now so once was I. Repent in time make no delay, Death in my prime took me away."
His parents and sister are buried in the adjoining grave which is also a table one.
I hope this has helped your enquiry.
From: Barrie Sharples [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 5, 2018 6:23 AM
Subject: [LAN] Remembered
Barnoldswick St Mary le Gill graveyard
As a youngster of about eight years old I was quite familiar with a 'Table Grave' situated on the right hand side of the main path.
My friends and I always used to pause along side it to recite the inscription on its face, which was:
Remember me as you pass by
as you are now so once was I
As I am now so soon you'll be
so be prepared to follow me.
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As Remembrance Day approaches, let us remember those we lost as well as those that fought and lived.
Please tell us about the ancestors you would like remembered as we mark 100 years since the end of the First World War on Remembrance Sunday.
Please remember Frank BUSKEY, 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Born Bolton abt 1891, enlisted at Preston, died 24th September 1917 of war wounds and buried at Godewaersvelde British Cemetery. (Enlisted as Frank WALKER and changed his name to BUSKEY during his 2nd enlistment.)
And another Frank BUSKEY, b. 1897 Rochdale, d. 1967 Philadelphia. Great Uncle Frank served the USA in both WWI and WWII and lived to tell about the wars.
My grateful thanks to these men and all who served.
Subject: Re: [LAN] Re: Tarleton, Becconsall and Hesketh Bank
Hi Mike and Jane,
I am so pleased you found the Tarleton site of interest. Do you know I did transcriptions of MIs for Tarleton for LFHHS - and didn't come across ANY of my own ancestors -- clearly too poor to have a gravestone.
Jane -- I must confess I don't know of a Workhouse at Tarleton BUT, according to the Workhouse website - there did used to be one at Croston, which appears to have been taken over by Chorley. Tarleton did come under the parish of Croston until the early 1820s (I think!!).
The existence of Croston Workhouse is shown on this page of the Workhouses website. You need to tab down to find that name and site plan. Maybe the inmates shown on the Militia list were housed there, but I don't know.
There are also many mentions of Tarleton in an on line 'book' -- which contains many inhabitants' names (Mike the name of an Elizabeth Legh is there).
Lancashire Archives events -- Family History Fridays, Talks, Surgeries, Getting to Know the Archives -- can be found at
<https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/lancashire-archives-8555544504>. The Preston branch of the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society participate in some of the events.
There's an article in the Lancashire Post by a writer who joined a Family History Day at Preston. See <https://tinyurl.com/ybmpldn8>
The next Family History Days are on November 2 and December 14 at the Lancashire Archives, Bow Lane, Preston.
On November 13 there will be Family History at your local library -- Skelmersdale. "An archivist will be out and about in local libraries to talk about Lancashire Archives and the resources we have for researching family history. Join us to learn more about our service and the collections we look after."
Skelmersdale Library, Southway, Skelmersdale, WN8 6NL
The Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society website is www.lfhhs.org.uk
For anyone with ancestors from Tarleton, Becconsall or Hesketh Bank there is a most useful website -- it includes the transcribed Tarleton Militia List for 1826 and some old manor court rolls.
The Tarleton Militia list can be found here;
(Iknow it says Hesketh Bank -- but the link is to the Tarleton Militia List).
My own ancestor is listed, but was excluded from the ballot as he is described as 'a poor man'. I think this means that he wasn't fit and strong enough to serve -- he was employed as a Boatman so there was money coming into the household. However this is just an assumption on my part.
I hope someone finds other useful material on here -- there are several categories under the 'Genealogy' section.
A few other Wigan sources:
Wigan & Leigh Archives & Local Studies - the have both a web
and a Facebook page. Definitely worth following them on Facebook.
The Museum of Wigan Life can be found at the above-mentioned link. It has ithttps://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Museums-archives/Wigan-Archives/index.aspxs own Facebook page.
The Wigan page on GENUKI: <https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LAN/Wigan> Full of great links and information, thanks to our friend Phil Stringer.
Eng-Lan-Wigan: The Wigan mailing list, to which I'm sending a copy of this message. Not very active, so not sure how much longer the list will exist.
June Dowling wrote:
>Sorry Folks but it's me again.
>Lynne's plea to keep the list lively by posting bits of information really hit home as I have hardly ever contributed.
>For anyone with ancestors from the Wigan area there is a most useful website;
>Amongst lots of other interesting material, you can find details of people buried in Wigan cemeteries by searching on a name -- you find the cemeteries by clicking on the aptly named heading 'Stuff' along the ribbon menu near the top of the home page.
>'Stuff' also has street lists and other useful sections.