It seems all focused on Tottington and broadly the Bury/Bolton area. This of course will continue to grow. However my father can trace his history back to Harmston, thence to India, Cornwall and then via London to Tottington. Pix and info to follow. He had a large family too! Then of course is my wife's family, father from what we thought was originally Sussex, but we now know Hampshire! Last but not least my mother-in-Law, part German and part Polish.
Probably time for some sort of Genealogy table!

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Mr E. H. Holden

I have no idea how this photo has found it's way into my mother's photographs. A search of the Internet revealed two E H Holden's in the north-west, not including numerous cars! The first reference is a science teacher at Bacup and Rossendale Grammar School. Quote from "Seventy-Five Years" A history of Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School. "Mr. E.H. Holden had been appointed in 1913 to teach Chemistry in the day-school and also to be head of the Technical Institute housed in the new building. Anyone
who served under Mr. Holden would expect him to succeed, and to keep the school heading in the right direction. "

E H Holden
"There was no science taught, so I started afresh with Chemistry under Mr. Holden... It was due to Mr. Holden's enthusiasm for his subject that I went on to do a degree in it at Manchester University later. In our year Annie Earnshaw, W. Watson and I all went together - two women and one man - to do Chemistry Honours. We were two out of only about six women at Manchester in that year, so that speaks well for Mr. Holden's drive. This was 1917."

"Mr. Holden firmly believed in keeping noses to the grindstone. No "resting on one's laurels" was permitted in the Lower Sixth, for the subjects to be taken as "Principal" (normally three in number) were normally offered at "subsidiary" level at the end of the Lower-sixth year, just to keep the candidates (not to mention their teachers!) on their toes. As Dr. Ormerod points out, the classes at this time were considerably smaller, since it was then possible for pupils to leave at 14, but there were full-scale school examinations and reports every term, also half-term tests, with lists in order of merit on each occasion. Never a dull moment for the staff!"

The other EH Holden was an MP, duly knighted. He represented Heywood about the same time. Actually sooner. He was instrumental in persuading the powers that be to allow the building of a secondary school in Heywood.

"Through the offices of the local M.P. Mr E H Holden, they succeeded in arranging a meeting with the Board in Whitehall, circumventing the LEC. Mr Holden supported their cause vigorously, and three months later the Board relented, and wrote to the LEC agreeing to the proposal, but perversely demanding that the premises be considerably extended even beyond the plans submitted. Had there not been room for expansion on the existing site, it is doubtful if the School would have been sanctioned, as the cost of acquiring new land and of building afresh would have been prohibitive. In the event new plans were submitted to the Board, which finally approved them in March 1908."

It seems that both EH Holden's were heavily involved in education in the early part of the 20th Century. My gut feeling is the picture relates to Bacup and Rossendale. We had family up the valley as my mother would say.

Having passed the 11 plus in 1960, I had the option of going to Bacup and Rawtenstall or Stand Grammar School. As I went to Stand Grammar School, it seems I had a narrow escape!
Both excerpts are taken from Histories of the respective schools. Easy to find on the Internet.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Tottington Methodist Church

Hopefully I have added this school picture in the right area of the blog. It refers to the Wesleyan school in 1909.
My Grandfather Tom Lomax is top right.
However there are some other names on the names on the reverse which may help people.

Scan of Reverse

These are the ones I can make out, starting from the top left. F K Kenyon, Fred Lonsdale, Warburton, Ger. Anson,Tom Lomax,
J Winterbottom, Ella Danes, Alice Shaw, Annie Howarth, Robin Nuttall, Lizzie South, Ethel Howarth, Arthur Butterworth, Eleanor Holt, Edgar or Clifford Pilkington, Nellie Howard.
The Teachers were Mr W H Stanton and Miss Florence Holding.

This is a scan of the piece of paper attached to the rear of the photo. This is my mothers writing - I suggest that this info could easily be 50 years after the event - so it wasn't current at the time. I suspect that my aunt Irene or even my Grandfather Tom (Lomax) was grabbed by my mother and asked to fill in this info. My mothers writing never varied during her lifetime. - However My family seemed to have a good name for faces and names. I would like to assume they were right about the names in the photo. They will have all grown up together and gone to the same school - families intermarried - I am probably related to half of them!
(This is in response to an email -

I am intrigued by the photo in your blog of Tottington Wesleyans 1909.
Is it possible to identify which is the person marked Ger, Anson? Is he the fourth person from the left on the back row? I have a George Anson born 1898 as a distant relative in our family tree, living at 20 Club Row in 1901 and 1911. He is the right age to be in this photo, he also had a twin sister Bessie.
Also the Warburton, is he the third from left back row or are there illegible names in between? I have two Warburton cousins the right age to be in the photo.

My Aunt Irene took herself off to school when she was 5, so the story goes. She was a dedicated learner, she stayed in education until her retirement. I had the strange distinction of being a student at Bury Technical college when she was Head of Department, quite scary, no opportunity to fool about then. However these pix have come into my possession via my Aunt Irene or my Grandmother.  Jane Dunn married Thomas (Tom) Lomax. Irene Lomax (Cosgrove) was my aunt.

The photograph above is called "sermons 1934 ish" Again no certainty about the people in the photo - however I think my Aunt is on the back row.