Written by William Edward Armytage Axon in 1883, this manuscript provides a
glimpse into the early days of Lancashire, England.
Even when the historian has told in the most elaborate detail the story of
the County Palatine of Lancaster, there still remains much that is noteworthy.
There are pleasant byways of family history and biography to be explored,
quaint fancies and dark superstitions to be re-corded, and many notable
incidents and curious events to be chronicled. In this volume an attempt has
been made to indicate some of the characteristics of the past history and
condition of the county. "Lancashire fair women," the old proverb speaks of,
and these have never lacked their complement of brave men whose valour has
sometimes been that of the warrior leading his soldiers to victory, sometimes
that of the sectary scorning the persecutions of the world, sometimes of the
inventor struggling against the neglect and greed of his fellows, and
sometimes alas ! for the intolerance of human nature that it should be so this
native courage has been shown by the pale martyr in his sheet of fire.
The historical associations of the county connect it with some of the most
momentous epochs in the life of the nation, and its halls, farmhouses, and
cottages have given soldiers to the field, statesmen to the senate, and
preachers to the churches. The manifestations of this quick, vigorous life
furnish the subjects of several articles in this volume.
The folk-lore and dialect of the county are unusually rich, and the connection
of some of its fireside stories and familiar customs with those of other lands
have been shown.
Some of the articles now reprinted have been read before the Royal Society of
Literature, the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, and the
Manchester Literary Club; some have appeared in the Academy, the Manchester
Guardian, Notes and Queries, the Palatine Notebook, and various periodicals,
whilst others are now printed for the first time. The volume is a selection
from much more extensive materials relating to the history and archaeology of
Lancashire, and which may possibly be further drawn upon in the future.
Table of Contents:
- Nanny Cutler, A Lancashire "Dinah Bede"
- The Mosley Family
- The Extraordinary Memory Of The Rev. Thomas Threlkeld 32
- Sunday In The Olden Time
- Tim Bobbin As An Artist
- Ann Lee, The Manchester Prophetess
- Master John Shawe
- Traditions Collected By Thomas Barritt
- Did Shakspere Visit Lancashire?
- The Lancashire Plot
- Sherburnes In America
- Curiosities Of Street Literature
- Thomas And John Ferriar
- Turton Fair In 1789
- The Story Of The Three Black Crows
- Lancashire Beyond The Sea
- Murders Detected By Dreams
- The Black Knight Of Ashton
- Robert Tannahill In Lancashire
- Population Of Manchester
- A Sermon Of The Sixteenth Century
- Prince Charles Edward Stuart's Supposed Visit To Manchester
- Congregationalism At Earn Worth Near Bolton
- Church Goods In 1552
- The Estates Of Sir Andrew Chadwick
- Early Art In Liverpool
- The Story Of Burger's "Lenore"
- Manchester In 1791
- Early References To The Jews In Lancashire
- Whittington And His Cat
- "Fair Em"
- The Father Of Thomas De Quincey
- Origin Of The Word "Teetotal"
- Robert Wilson And The Invention Of The Steam Hammer
- Ralph Sandiford
- Elias, The Manchester Prophet
- Westhoughton Factory Fire
- Peter Annet
- Some Old Lancashire Ballads, Broadsides And Chap-Books
- George Fox's First Entry Into Lancashire
- The Legend Of Mab's Cross
- The Lindsays In Lancashire
- The Liverpool Tragedy
- Lancashire Proverbs
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Origin of the Word "Teetotal" as it applied to the
The temperance society of Great Britain, Scotland,
and Ireland adapted the name of "teetotalers" in 1834 after "Dickey"
Turner said "I'll have now't to do w' this moderation botheration pledge ;
I'll be reet down out-and-out tee-tee total for ever and ever."