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Culcheth Characters

Thursday January 11th, 2018
A talk on "Culcheth Characters", by Marlene Nolan.

Members and visitors welcomed the tea being available before the meeting, and thus fortified
we listened to a very enthusiastic Marlene Nolan giving a talk about three "Culcheth Characters",
whose histories and stories she has prised out of many archives, newspapers and official records
in England.

The talk illustrated how some ordinary persons from the past in the 1800s have left traces of their lives and
activities in Culcheth and elsewhere.

Silk weaving in Culcheth

 With a brief introduction about the coming of silk weaving to Culcheth and the dire poverty of the lives
of the Culcheth weaving families from which trade and craft cottages the three folk emerged.


Criminal and "Convict" leaves many traces from birth in Culcheth, through petty crime with prison sentences
in Lancashire and Dartmoor, to die in a local workhouse at an advanced age.


Culcheth working lass with multiple children subject to dispute between Culcheth and Manchester as to who will 
pay for her upkeep and the facts of her life recorded due to this legal dispute.


Culcheth born-in-povery lad who rose by an unknown education (perhaps from the early trade unions) to prominence
in the trade union movement and died as a respected wealthy person.

Wigan Publication.

As part of the talk is at present available in written form, at a cost of two pounds sterling (GBP £2),
and will be available from Marlene Nolan when next the talk is given, no detailed report is at present
given here.

Cost GBP £2.00
"PastForward" issue Number 77, December 2017 - March 2018.
Produced by Wigan Archives & Museums.
The Editor, "PastForward",
Museum of Wigan Life,
Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU, UK

20171212 PastForward Issue 77 Dec2017 Mar 2018 MuseumOfWiganLife




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General Relevant Links.

Dartmoor prison history

BBC article on workhouses

Manchester Workhouse Records

 Justice system in England.

History of justice system in England