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A COLLECTION OF ARTICLES AND HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS CONCERNING THE EVERY DAY LIVES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE OF TODMORDEN IN DAYS GONE BY.

 

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THEATRE IN TODMORDEN IN 1851

A fascinating article on the theatre set up at the Odd Fellows Hall in 1851, with details of the plays and casts. By Patricia Adam.

SCHOOLS & EDUCATION UP TO 1851

the beginnings of education in the town with illustrated details of the schools, teachers, and what they taught

1838 PETITION SIGNED BY OVER 1000 TODMORDEN & WALSDEN RESIDENTS

Over 1000 names, addresses & occupations of local residents in 1838 who signed a petition in support of their overseers against the introduction of the new Poor Laws

POOR RELIEF BEFORE 1834

 

With specific cases in Todmorden & Walsden

ANTI-POOR LAW REBELLION AND RIOTS 1838

Illustrated story of why and how the inhabitants rebelled and rioted, destroying the houses of the members of the Board of Guardians, including details of those who were committed to trial at the Assizes.

WORLD WAR HEROES

All 659 names of the Todmorden and area men killed during WW1, with their regiment, and a collection of photos and biographies of some of those who survived and some who died in both World Wars.

CHRISTMAS DAY IN THE WORKHOUSE

A poem by George R. Simms

written in 1879

LOCAL GOVERNMENT &

THE TOWN HALL

The men who ruled

TODMORDENS POST OFFICES

BEFORE 1914

story, photographs and illustrations

by Robert A. Priestley

REFORM DAY

28th. July 1832

extracts from the diary of William Helliwell who was present at the celebrations in Todmorden

TEXTILES - THE COTTAGE INDUSTRY

500 years of home manufacture up to 1780

TODMORDEN'S COACHING DAYS

short-lived but exciting

THE OLD POORHOUSE AT GAUXHOLME

Pauper Palace or Hostel for the Homeless?

TEXTILES - THE AGE OF THE

COTTON SPINNING MILLS

1780 to 1825

TODMORDEN UNION WORKHOUSE

Blessed are the poor

1879-1948

RURAL PARADISE

A glimpse of life in the 18th Century

WHITES 1837 DIRECTORY

The extract on Todmorden

EASTWOOD PAUPERS IN 1863

an article taken from the Halifax Guardian Jan.1863 as the effects of the American Civil War began to bite the cotton towns. Submitted by John Alan Longbottom

AMANDA HAIGH AND HANNAH HAIGH

their poignant stories told in witness statements made to the overseers in 1845

BOROUGH OF TODMORDEN

contains details of population, climate, vegetation, early settlers, occupations etc.

submitted by John Alan Longbottom

WORKHOUSE INMATES AND STAFF 1891

Extracted from the 1891 census

WORKHOUSE INMATES AND STAFF 1881

Extracted from the 1881 census

 

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