“Radical Rochdale Flannel” – when a gift is used for another purpose…

Sunday marks the 196th anniversary of the “Peterloo Massacre”, where, on 16th Aug 1819, radical reformers and protesters flooded into St. Peter’s Fields in Manchester in their thousands to hear anti-poverty speakers, Reformers and to show their discontent of the Corn Laws and their campaign for voting rights (known as universal suffrage). One of the … More “Radical Rochdale Flannel” – when a gift is used for another purpose…

The travails of a Rochdale family – ‘Lizzie Leigh’ by Elizabeth Gaskell

‘Lizzie Leigh’, published in 1855, is a short story – which could be deemed as a novella – by writer and social commentator Elizabeth Gaskell. The story opens with the abrupt death of the patriarch Mr Leigh on a cold and snowy Christmas day in Upclose Farm, their home in rural Rochdale. “The Upclose Farm … More The travails of a Rochdale family – ‘Lizzie Leigh’ by Elizabeth Gaskell