OF UNUSUAL EVENTS
TODMORDEN AND WALSDEN
at Sourhall, Todmorden, killed two girls. They were Grace and Sally,
daughters of Robert and Mary Ogden.
Bentley of Bridgeroyd and his son Jonas were killed when blasting
stone in a Todmorden quarry.
Parkin, the corn miller at Travis Mill, was killed after falling
from his horse near Firwood, Walsden, when returning from Manchester
market. It was thought an assailant had struck him from behind.
rules and regulations for the new burial ground were decided. All
graves were to be 6ft. in length and 3ft. wide. Gravestones also
to be 6ft. in length and 3ft. wide, and to be laid down in parallel
lines. For any funeral of a person from outside the township, an
additional 2 shillings and 6 pence to be charged.
Dearden of Calf Holes, Walsden, threw a half penny down his throat.
was a dreadful thunder and lightning storm, which killed a young
man near Dulesgate on the common, and a mother and her daughter
at Stoneyhead in Calderbrook.
Howorth of Scout, Walsden, the son of Martha Simpson of Newbridge,
also Walsden, was run over below Inchfield Fold by a cart belonging
to Samuel Fielden. He was severely wounded.
was a hurricane in Todmorden, which was one of the most destructive
ever known. It blew down a mill chimney belonging to Messrs Firth
& Howarth on Roomfield Lane, landing on the works of the Lord
Brothers. Windows were broken, trees were uprooted and most of the
buildings were damaged in one way or another.
Greenwood of Stonehouse, Walsden, was bled for the ninth time. He
Law, the son of John and Mally Law of Bottomley, had three fingers
severed at the second joint by the scutching machine at Waterstalls
Mill. His fingers were buried in Sally Dawson's coffin at Todmorden
the following Sunday.
Dawson, late of Bottomley, was knocked down by James Nash's car
that Sunday night at Todmorden. The wheel ran over his head and
he died on the morning of the 29th August.
over the cotton town districts of East Lancashire, including Todmorden,
the factory workers showed their disapproval with their working
conditions by stopping the factories from running. They drew the
plugs from the steam boilers. This was known as the "Plug Plot".
Dawson wheeled a barrow to Manchester and back from Todmorden in
9 hours 15 minutes for a wager of £20. He made the barrow
himself. He started from Stansfield Road end and went to the Royal
Exchange in Manchester.
was selling at 4 shillings & sixpence for a 16lb. bag at Knowltop,
Gledhill of Swineshead Clough was married at Walsden Church. In
the procession were 9 asses, 2 horses and a carriage. After the
wedding they went to Littleborough and later to Samuel Mitchell's,
the White Lion Inn, at Wadsworth Mill.
Newell of Strines Barn fell off Thomas Bottomley's cart at Littleborough
station and was badly hurt. He died the following day.
Barrett of Shade, Todmorden, fell on to the fire. Her nose was burnt
off and her eyes were burnt out. She died the following morning.
Todmorden Turnpike road was being rolled with a large iron roller.
A child got its head stuck underneath the roller and was killed.
Dawson's child, of Longfield in Langfield, was killed when a barn
door fell on it.
Holden of Stoodley Edge hung himself in his petty. (Toilet) He was
the son of John Holden, a notorious forger who was transported for
life with his eldest son for uttering a number of forged £5
notes. Zachariah and two other brothers and a sister were also involved
in the forgery but were acquitted.
Crowther's child, of Newbridge, was killed when a cart belonging
to Abraham Scholfield of Knowltop ran over its head.
Wilkinson, known as Old Offy, died aged 74. He was born on New Year's
day 1781, christened on the New Year's day following and was buried
on New Year's Day 1856 at Eastwood Chapel. He lived in the Withens
and was universally known throughout the neighbourhood. He was a
tall, gaunt-looking raw-boned man, for the main part simple and
half witted in his observations, but occasionally giving forth a
spark of rude mother wit, perhaps appearing more brilliant by the
contrast. To his ordinary occupation as a farmer he united the strange
business of cat dealer.
Holt of Higher Townhouse fell from a chimney at Green Vale Mill.
He died on the 17th . He was better known as Ned O'Dolly's.
Holden of Grove was killed in Summit Tunnel. He was running out
of the way of one train and got in the way of another on the rails.
pointer dog belonging to William Suthers of Birks Hall, Walsden,
ate between 5 and 6 pounds of roast beef.
man was taken in to custody for damaging a cow belonging to Martha
Dawson of Warland. He was tried and sentenced to 2 months imprisonment.
death of Mrs. Sally Holt, widow of the late Edmund Holt of Hullet,
Shore, near Todmorden. She died at Vale and was interred at the
Shore Baptist Chapel aged 82 years. Mr. And Mrs. Holt had 12 children.
At the time of her death she had 103 grandchildren and 76 great
the Manchester Assizes, before Mr. Baron Pigott, William Sutcliffe
was charged with having married Betty Howarth at Todmorden on 31
st March 1862 when his wife, Dorothy Sutcliffe, was still alive.
He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment.
Midgley, whilst under a religious mania, killed his wife, Mary Ann,
by cutting her throat with a pocketknife at Hanging Ditch, Todmorden.
He was acquitted of murder on the ground of insanity at the following
Leeds Assizes and was ordered to be confined during Her Majesty's
thief entered the house of Thomas Holt at Springside, Portsmouth,
and stole 15 shillings from 3 purses and from the pockets of some
clothing. There were 5 people in the house at the time. On the same
night, the house of Abraham Sutcliffe of Bowed Row, Robinwood, was
broken in to. A search had been made for money but none had been
found. The thief helped himself to a piece of cold pie and a slice
or two of bread on which he had spread some lard.
Speak, Robert Woodhead, and Thomas Calvert, all from the neighbourhood
of Knowlwood in Walsden, were convicted at the Salford Quarter Sessions
of passing base coins at Todmorden. They were sentenced to 12 months
Greenwood of Brown Birks died from the effects of a kick in the
abdomen. At the inquest a verdict of manslaughter was given against
William Stansfield for the fatal blow he delivered at the Ram Inn
at Holmes Chapel on the 12th July.
Todmorden Magistrates committed Richard Scaunce, a tailor, to trial
at the Liverpool Assizes on a charge of bigamy. He was later sentenced
to 3 months hard labour.
Hirst, farmer of Langfield, was tried at the Leeds Assizes on a
charge of feloniously wounding his son William junior with intent
to murder. The jury found the prisoner not guilty on the grounds
of insanity and he was ordered to be confined for the rest of his
grand knur and spell match took place at Roomfield Lane, Todmorden.
There were over 1,000 spectators. The 72 entrants were handicapped
according to their abilities.
swearing and the use of obscene language had become so prevalent
in the streets of Todmorden that the magistrates issued notices
that future offenders would be liable to a fine or imprisonment.
Allen, a sheep dealer from Dublin, made a murderous attack on Thomas
Law of Smales, Walsden, by partially cutting his throat in a railway
carriage while travelling between Littleborough and Walsden. He
was tried at Manchester Assizes on Wednesday 2nd December and was
sentenced to one month's imprisonment
dead chick was found on the canal bank near Gauxholme. It had four
perfectly formed legs and feet.
Dawson Uttley, (31), James Dixon (27) and John Holt (34) were indicted
for having stolen the sum of 4 shillings from the person of William
Snowden at Rochdale on the 11th. April and using personal violence
at the time. Uttley was sentenced to 12 years penal servitude and
five years police supervision, Dixon was sentenced to five years
penal servitude and Holt to seven years penal servitude.
the British Dairy Show held at the Agricultural Hall in London,
Abraham Stansfield of Rodwell Head, Todmorden, was awarded 1st .
prize of £15 for a cow against 28 other competitors, a 1st
prize of £8 for the best cross-bred heifer, also 2 champion
cups given by the Lord mayor.
horse and trap driven by Mr. Dan Crabtree of Eastwood knocked down
Thomas Bentley, aged 10, of 47, Lob Mill. The offside wheel passed
over the boy's head causing his death the following morning. The
inquest jury brought in a verdict of accidental death.
Wood, aged 9, the son of John William Wood, a miller of Hallroyd,
died from hydrophobia having been bitten by a stray dog about 7
Mansergh, a cab driver of Hanging Ditch, was charged at Todmorden
Petty Sessions with wife starvation and attempted murder. He was
committed to Leeds Assizes. He was sentenced to two years hard labour.
Whilst serving his sentence in Armley Jail, Leeds, Lawrence Mansergh
tried to stop another prisoner from murdering fellow inmate James
Edward Taylor. He was unsuccessful despite a great struggle. Mary
Mansergh died on 5th January 1890 in the workhouse.
Halstead, aged 3, of Hanging Ditch, died after being scratched by
the White Hart Hotel Mr. J. Gledhill auctioned the following properties:
& house at 10, York St. bought by Mr. S. E. Herbert the occupier
for £960 Shop
& house at 12 York St. bought by James Fielden of Roomfield
Lane for £740
& house at 14,York St. bought by Messrs. Salter & Salter
the tenants for £576
the case of an alleged starvation at Castle Street, an inquest was
held at the Rose and Crown Inn at which the following verdict was
agreed: “We the jurors say that Herbert Crabtree aged 9 weeks, son
of Joseph and Jane Crabtree, died on 28th February 1896, and that
his death was either caused or hastened by the gross and wilful
neglect of the said Jane Crabtree, against whom we unanimously return
a verdict of manslaughter.”
cat belonging to Mr. J. Smith of Whiteplatts in Todmorden gave birth
to a living kitten that had one head, two bodies, two tails and
seven legs. The kitten only lived a few hours.