HLHS Articles

Flemish Weavers and Clogs

It is reputed to be 600 years ago that the Flemish weavers introduced the clog to our country. It is said that Edward III was persuaded by his Belgian wife, Philippa of Hainault, to offer inducements to the Flemish workers to come here and help to strengthen and expand the

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Ghost Stories

1) Several years ago on a bright sunny Sunday afternoon my wife and I were walking along Moss Bank Way. On nearing it’s junction with Smithills Dean Road my wife suddenly stopped and grabbed my hand tight. I asked her what was the matter? She said she had felt something

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Halliwell’s Oldest inhabitant in the 1861 Census

Having spare units for a census website, I decided to look at the information for Halliwell in the 1861 census. For no particular reason I looked at the older end of the population, those aged 70 or over, of which there were 103 out of a total population for Halliwell

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Health Services in Bolton

The February issue of The Little Piecer, issue No 93 had an article about the epidemics of infectious diseases that affected the population of Bolton during the 19th century causing many deaths. It posed the question what could be done to help people afflicted by these deadly diseases in the

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John Honeyford, The School Board

I was looking through old newspaper cuttings and noticed one dated March 6th 1936 entitled ‘Former School Board Man’s Recollections.’ This reported the 19th birthday celebrations of John Honeyford of 157 Eskrick Street, which is at the end of Thorpe Street, facing St. Thomas’s School. An appropriate address for one

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Letter from a tenant farmer

The following letter which was transcribed from the original by the late Derek Billington was written by a 16th century tenant to the landowner and shows the contrast between the language of today) and four or five hundred years ago. All spelling, punctuation etc. is as the original. Honnard Maddam

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Looking back at the Jubilee School

I first went through the front door of the Jubilee School in 1922 or 1923 ‑ up the stairs and into the room at the top on the right. This was my first Sunday School class and my teacher was Mrs. Margaret Howarth. Twenty years later she was to become

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Mrs Duxbury’s flags

Recently, whilst looking through back numbers of The Little Piecer, I re-read Albert Winstanley’s article on Halliwell’s Biggest Snowball (Issue 72) where his mother’s warning to ‘keep off Mrs. Duxbury’s flags’ brought a wry smile to my face. Mrs. Duxbury occupied the only house in the very short length of

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