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PEOPLE OF TODMORDEN AND WALSDEN

 

We have gathered together a collection of people born and bred in the township and have written their stories. Some are distinguished members of society, others eccentric, but most are just ordinary folk who lived, loved and died in the district.

 

Also, a collection of transcribed wills and extracts from local newspapers, Trade and Post Office Directories 

 

OWNERS AND OCCUPIERS OF THE MILLS & MAJOR WORK PLACES OVER THREE CENTURIES

List of names and place and type of work

LAST WILL & TESTAMENTS

a growing collection of transcribed wills

of local folk

LIFE AND DEATH ON THE

ROCHDALE CANAL

people who worked on the canal and inquest details on 25 folk who drowned in it

BETTY CROSSLEY 1880-1975

Her 'man' went off to war and never came back. Read to the end and you could win a prize.

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.

THE LAWS AND BOTTOMLEYS

Thomas, Robert & Samuel Law of Ramsden Wood and Thomas Bottomley and family of Spring Mill, both in Walsden

ZACHARIAH JACKSON 1816-1880

born at Moorhey Farm, Walsden, he became a lock keeper and father of several publicans

PHILIP CROWTHER 1784-1840

born at Howroyd, Dulesgate, he defended his wife and children against racial taunts and was later murdered

AMANDA HAIGH AND HANNAH HAIGH

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

THE BAYES FAMILY

William Bayes of Lumbutts and his family

THE BLACKA FAMILY IN AMERICA

the story of Richard Blacka and his family in America

THE BAYES SAGA

written by Jessie Bayes (1876-1970) and submitted by her great niece Clare Ash, together with family photographs

CLARA LAW & JOHN W. HALSTEAD

a tragic love story ending in murder and suicide

in 1891

THE QUAKERS OF TODMORDEN

history and anecdotes, plus a list of members of the Society of Friends of Todmorden from 1688 to1867extracted by Alan Longbottom

MARY (BARKER) STOTT

1836-1912

a Todmorden lady married to a calico manufacturer, written by Janet Rooks

TODMORDEN NICKNAMES

transcribed from Notes of the Todmorden District by John Travis published 1896.

LOCAL NEWSPAPER EXTRACTS

amazing extracts from local newspapers all relating to Todmorden and its people

DIARY OF UNUSUAL EVENTS

Weird and wonderful events and people

JOHN LAW OF DYKE GREEN, TODMORDEN

1731-1781

Bridgemaster for the Salford Hundred.

Compiled by R.A. Priestley and E.M. Savage from notes by their late brother, John B. Priestley.

ROBERT LAW 1840-1907

an illiterate truant who became

an eminent geologist

JOHN FIELDEN OF

DOBROYD CASTLE 1822-1893

the story of John and his two very different wives, and an illustrated history of Dobroyd Castle

SIMEON LORD

1771-1840

Enterprising Transportee

WILL HUBBARD 1895-1969

by his grandson, Phillip Hubbard. The story of a colourful character, teenage tear-a-way, war hero and adventurer

TOM LAW 1841-1901

He worked for 40 years for the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Company

BIDDERS & BIDDING AT

A HOUSE AUCTION IN 1793

who bought the house, and for how much?

JOSEPH HAIGH 1856-1879

A lad from Walsden who died

in Zululand

THE SCHOLFIELDS OF TODMORDEN

a land surveyor, an ironmonger, an auctioneer, a surgeon, a farmer, a joiner.....and a couple of Todmorden Chartists.

THE JACKSON FAMILY

the Jacksons of Thornsgreese and Robert Jackson J.P. O.B.E. Mayor of Todmorden 1911-1919

THE BLACKA FAMILY OF

TODMORDEN

a family of plasterers and publicans

THE WEATHERILL FAMILY

The story of a dysfunctional Todmorden family,

which ends in murder most foul

CAPTAIN SAMUEL BROOKS 1831-1904

by Robert A. Priestley

the story of a Todmorden boy who went

to sea and became a well respected Captain

THE HELLIWELL FAMILY

OF TODMORDEN

a pioneering family that founded

Todmorden Mills in Ontario, Canada

THE SPARKS FAMILY

Four brothers from Devon who settled in

Todmorden and Walsden

THE EARLY QUAKER FIELDENS

The Fieldens of Bottomley, Todmorden Hall,

Todmorden Edge and elsewhere,

and their Quaker beliefs

HARRY K. HAIGH

1880-1943

Poignant glimpse of life in the trenches

through letters written to him after he was

wounded at Mailly, France, in 1917.

JINNY HAIGH

1809-1857

she buried 3 husbands, married a fourth,

and died before she was 50.

JAMES LAW 1791-1866

Born in Walsden and emigrated to Canada

with his wife Mally Shackleton-two of the

first pioneers from England

THE HAIGHS OF INCHFIELD

1800-1900

Coal mine proprietors, inn keepers and farmers

FARMERS, WEAVERS AND...COINERS

by Rosemary Stevenson - a personal account

of her discovery that she is a descendant of

the Cragg Vale coiners

BENJAMIN SUTCLIFFE 1824-1910

by Ken Sutcliffe

Active member of Wellington Road Baptists

THE LORD FAMILY

The story of the Lord brothers, their sons

and grandsons, who ran the iron works etc.

at Canal Street Todmorden

LUKE BARKER

1843-1896

Cotton Manufacturer of Stansfield Hall

THE HOLT BROTHERS

Six brothers from Sourhall

Picker makers

REV. HENRY CRABTREE

The most eccentric curate ever to

grace St. Mary's Todmorden

ABRAHAM CROSSLEY & HIS

SON WILLIAM

of Knowlwood Bottom, Walsden

SUSAN (FIELDEN) SCHOLFIELD

Died 1791

A devout Christian woman, farmer's wife

WILLIAM HAIGH OF LITTLEBOROUGH

1875-1932

a sad tale of drowning in the Rochdale Canal

BETTY SCHOLFIELD

1757-1845

Th' Old Dame of Knowltop

REUBEN HAIGH 1879-1951

A plain Lancashire man who became

a gentleman of Wales

JOHN TRAVIS

1822-1912

Antiquarian and Eccentric

WILLIAM CROSSLEY

1771-1853

A carter, weaver, matchmaker and gardener

WILLIAM HAIGH

1813-1882

A wandering shepherd, horse

dealer, beer seller and farmer

REUBEN HAIGH Died 1750

The first Haigh in Walsden with biblical

beginnings, a farmer and a weaver

SALLY MILLS

1812-1905

Todmorden's oldest resident in 1905

From rags to riches

JOHN WILLIAM HAIGH

1850-1901

A farmer and coal mine proprietor

THE CROSSLEYS OF SCAITCLIFFE HALL

A family dynasty

LIST OF LAY PAYERS IN 1830

taken from the Church Warden's accounts of St. Mary's Church

TRADE DIRECTORIES

1818 to 1936

REV. EDWARD J. RUSSELL

Vicar of Todmorden 1883-1910

 

 

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