Loosely based on my family history, hopefully to have a more historical theme to it. Please feel free to download any photographs that you find interesting. The photographs have been reduced in size and quality! Please acknowledge them in the comments box. Continuing to add some more information all the time and tweak the design. Bit more colour too. Plenty more photos and information to add. Now living in a Linux world. Its making life so much easier!
This is a mystery.
My mother was into singing in a big way.
However all I have is 2 photos of her with people who are not really her generation. The people seem similar and the place where they were photographed were similar too. The only clue on the back is a Stamp with Birkenhead on. My mother was known as Pat Lomax at the time. I don't recall any links with Birkenhead. She is the one that is so obviously youthful as compared to all the others. The date would be late 1940's I guess
Managed to purchase three old photographs of Tottington on the web. I believe they are all dated about 1900. There is a little history behind each one, hopefully others will add to them too. Apologies to anyone who bid against me, I was determined to own them! Do not hesitate to download or copy them. I have considerably better scans than the one's on the web. Please ask if you intend to publish them! The reverse of this picture says "Market Street, Tottington. Apart from the cobbled street, Tottington Village hasn't really changed muctoo much. Picture courtesy of Elizabeth Hayhurst. It was printed by Nostagia ink. I fancy the original, which I don't have is a photo. _ It will have been Sepia. I can find limited references to "Nostalgia Ink" and no refeferences to "Elizabeth Hayhurst" that seem to be remotely likely. The comments seem quite correct - the left hand side of the road has not altered. This is a scan of a postcard in my posse
Hope I am not transgressing an ancient copyright! I probably am, but I am publishing the March 1980 copy of Lancashire Life that has the article on Tottington - That makes 32 years. Pictures and captions first followed by the text. (My comments in brackets). A copy of the PDF can be found here . It is a very large file sorry! I will transcribe the rest shortly! The start of the transcription starts here: The italics are mine! It's hard to think of Tottington as being a part of Greater Manchester. The long straight road leading to the town out of Bury is lined on either side with splendid terraces of houses, stone-built and and fortress-solid, so that driving between them is like passing through a spacious railway cutting. And although you will find that Messrs Wimpey and their ilk have erected modern estates which differ not one brick from other modern estates any where in Britain, the terrain is different, and the view is different, and the place has an almost intang
Understandably never saw it, as it collapsed on the 22nd of September 1944. It was constructed in 1828. There is more information on the Grant family at this site . I have personally never seen a photo of the tower apart from this one. This is not to be confused with Peel Tower which was built to repeal the corn laws, I think. There are many references to the Grant family in Ramsbottom, not least the Grant Arms in the centre of "Tup's Arse". Played guitar and sang several times in the top room at the pub. The landlord must have tried to start a folk club up there. Must have been early '70's. Appeared on the same bill as Bob"I'm nearly famous" Williamson. Very amusing chap, and he did make national TV(Wheel Tappers and Shunters club! ) unlike me! Grant's Tower has a mention in the Public Monument and Sculpture Association register However I copy from that site here a reference to Edwin Waugh. He is mentioned in another part of this blog