Being ‘jannock’ on #oatcakeday

Twitter, that font of fleeting information, has informed me that today is the seventh annual Staffordshire #OatcakeDay.  It’s a way of raising attention: the baked good has history and it’s a nice way to use food to promote Staffordshire and, in particular, Stoke-on-Trent. Stoke, like Rochdale, is another place that has pockets of extreme deprivation … More Being ‘jannock’ on #oatcakeday

Finding ‘the Blue Pots wayther too sthrong’ #RochdaleStoryTrail

Oh the water – or the way-ter – and the warther.  In ‘James Leach’, a dialect sketch by John Trafford Clegg set in Wardle, Robin, a ‘gawmless-lookin young chap’, accidentally pours a bucket of dirty water over himself.  One woman worries that he’ll be ‘kilt’, but someone else jokes that Robin has ‘fund t’Blue Pots wayther … More Finding ‘the Blue Pots wayther too sthrong’ #RochdaleStoryTrail

“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