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From: "L.Klein" <>
Subject: [ENG-MAN] [Fwd: MLFHS: Oldham Happenings]
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2003 20:28:50 -0400
Forwarded with the kind permission of the original poster. Items
transcribed from "a booklet which was originally published in 1858, and
reprinted in 1974, entitled 'One Thousand Notable Things; or Remarkable
Events That Have Occurred in Oldham and Neighbourhood, during the last
500 Years arranged in a Systematic Chronological Order,' by Thomas
Robinson Whitworth, L.A.C.H.P. "
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1769 St. Margaret's Church, Hollinwood, consecrated
1807 Oldham July Fair commenced
1808 A Hereford militia man shot himself at the Noggin Inn, Hollins
1835 John Frederick Lees, Esq., returned to parliament
1850 A poem, entitled 'Alick the Dustman' published
1832 J. M. Cobbett and John Duncuft, Esqrs., returned for Oldham
1855 Wholter Robinson, Peter Street, died
I would love to know why the poem, Alick the Dustman, was considered worthy
In 1808 there was great unrest amongst the weavers around the country as the
masters were lowering wages to below subsistence level. There was
particular unrest in the Manchester district and a great deal of rioting
took place. The militia were called in and companies from around the country
also came into the area to bolster numbers. Arrests were made and people
were sent off to prisons around the county.
Rowbottom has the following to say at the beginning of July 1808.
'The weavers at present are in a more calm state for great numbers have been
sent to different prisons, and the great military force which is all over
country seems to keep them in awe. In Oldham, besides the volunteers, there
are a troop of the 6th Dragoon Guards and several companys of the Hereford
Militia. The rest of these regiments are dispersed all over the country -
viz; at Rochdale, Middleton, Bury, Heywood etc.
It is a melancholy record that the law had to be maintained at the point of
the sword and among a law-abiding people too. But it speaks well for the
courage of the people, who would not stand being starved to death under what
they mistakenly considered a grievance capable of being remedied. Still,
under such circumstances England compares well with France and other
Continental nations, where, no doubt, a revolution would have ensued. Well
done, Anglo-Saxon! How does the Celt behave under such circumstances?'
He follows up in his usual cheerful fashion with the following report.
'July 8th One of the Hereford militia, in a fit of insanity, shot himself
dead on the spot at Noggin Inn, near Hollinwood. He discharged his musket
in at his mouth, which blew his head to pieces.'
On that pleasant note I'll wish you goodnight.......
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