Up Holland in old picture postcards volume 1

Up Holland in old picture postcards volume 1

Auteur
:   Dr. Allan Miller
Gemeente
:  
Provincie
:   Lancashire
Land
:   United Kingdom
ISBN13
:   978-90-288-6226-5
Pagina's
:   80
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:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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1 9 The section of the churchyard opposite the White Lion public house was the final resting place of Up Holland highwayman George Lyon. After his execution at Lancaster, Lyon's body was transported on a cart by Simon Washington, landlord of the Old Dog Inn in Up Holland. Washington declared that it had been a traumatic experience - as if the devil had followed them all the way. The corpse was buried near the wall 'amidst a concourse of several thousand spectators'. The grave continued to attract inquisitive visitors throughout the 19th century. The old house next to the

White Lion and overlooking the grave came to be known locally as the 'ghost house'.

20 During the 19th century villagers made constant references to 'ghosts, visible and invisible'. Miss Ellen Weeton recorded in her journal: 'At least a tenth of the houses in this neighbourhood are said to have such guests.' Her friend, Miss Dannett, was particularly superstitieus: 'She will repeat a long string of apparitions, horrid yells, looking glasses falling, tangs, shovels and pokers dancing ... noises as if somebody were spinning, churning, dancing, or a mill going.' In this photograph, by artistic licence, one of the manifestations has appeared on the roof of the 'ghost house' which was closely linked with George Lyon. Large crowds regularly

assem bIed to stare at the highwayman's grave.

21 The area around Church Street was invaded by large crowds, especially at weekends during 1905. They were attracted by strange happenings emanating from the haunted house jutting out beyond the advertisement for Swales, flour miller and merchant, As a contemporary magazine recorded: 'The police have patrolled the district, responsible inhabitants have done their best to fathom the affair, but sa far all efforts at discovery have proved unsuccessful.' The semi -circular building opposite belonged to the Manchester and Liverpool District Banking Company Limited. The Conservative Club had moved from rooms over the offices of the Up

Holland Local Board on Alma Hill into the old parsonage.

22 The annual Parish Church Walking Day was a highlight of the religious and social year. Young people in their best clothes were overseen by the elders in the middle of the procession. Interested spectators watched respectfully from doorways. The sign for Parr's Bank Limited (later the Westminster Bank) was prominent next to Rushtori's store. Further down School Lane were Boardman the jewellers, Baxter the butchers and the shops run by Mary Ball and Sam Glover. On the opposite side of the road The Owl Inn displayed its flag. Further up the hill, the larger shop was Bimson the

grocer, next to Richard Baxter's small dog and boot shop.

23 Elections were always eagerly anticipated by adults anxious to exercise the right to vote and by children who appreciated the break from school. The general election of J 9 J 0 was particularly important, nationally and locally. Nationally the issue raised by the claim to supremacy by the House of Lords was the great rallying point. The claim was presented as a threat to the 'fundamental rights and liberties' of the people - 'the Constitution itself is in peri!'. On the hustings, and more relevant to the mass of the people, the Conservative Government was portrayed as a party of increasing taxation and a threat to social and indus trial progress. The out-

come locally was an electoral swing away from traditional Conservatism towards the new Labour Party.

24 Royal occasions were special days in Up Holland. On the occasion of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee (1887) all the children walked in procession to Abbey Lakes for a field treat. On two successive nights bonfires and fireworks were accompanied by 'a general dispostnon to go mad and indulge in every sart of innocent buffoonery'. At the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary (1911) the village was ablaze with colour - every house displayed aflag and the villagers erected three triumphal arches, draped in red, white and blue. In the evening the decorations were illuminated by Chinese lanterns which made them 'incompar-

ably more charming' and a fireworks display and torchlight proces sion attracted perhaps the biggest crowd of sightseers ever to Up Holland.

25 The death of King Edward VII in 1910 triggered off genuine displays of affection and emotion across the country. His qualities as statesrnan and peacemaker were recognised nationally and throughout the British Empire. He was also appreciated for his humanness his concern for the sick and the poor was translated into a great movement to build hospitals. In Up Holland, watched by the villagers, the official processten of councillors and members of local clubs and institutes walked from the COUl1Cil Offices on Alma Hill and proceeded via Higher Lane and Church Street to the special service at the Parish Church. Later the

Council received a letter of thanks from the then Home Secretary, Winston Churchill, on behalf of Queen Alexandra.

26 In the days before the advent of television and the building of cinemas in nearly every village there was much more self entertainment. A particular highlight in Up Holland was the Do-Da Band. Local people dressed up in a variety of colourful fancy costumes and toured the village, providing musical entertainment on special occasions. The Do-Da Band 'made the way lively with music' for a procession of villagers

dressed 'in character' at an outdoor celebration in 1919 to raise funds for the repair of the Church of England schools in Up Holland. In the following year they 'discoursed sweet music and

brightened the proceedings' at the Whit Monday fĂȘte in the village.

27 Because of its farming roots there was a tradition of agricultural shows in Up Holland, especially pig shows. From this history sprang the first annual Horse, Dog, Poultry and Pigeon Show in 1896. It was held each year at the Abbey Lakes Pleasure Grounds. Exhibitors, who were restricted to an area within a radius of seven miles, paid an annual membership subscription ranging from five to twenty shillings. The aim of the show was' to excite and maintain a healthy competition' and it attracted over eight hundred exhibitors, who competed for awards in various categories: horses, dogs, poultry, eggs, pigeons, cats, bread, butter,

horticulture, rabbits, cattle, pigs and horse jumping. The famous comedian George Formby competed as a rider in the 1 9 1 0 show.

28 Cricket was a well-established village tradition in Up Holland, though standards were not particularly high. In 1880 Up Holland achieved a rare success against the Wigan secend team; they were able 'to bring off the match to their credit with thirteen runs to spare' . At the annual dinner of the Cricket Club in 1882, Iarnes Pigot was awarded the 'average bat' for averaging 14 runs per innings - the highest number ofruns that had been attained by any player in the history of the club. The local team would have done well to follow the lead of Up Holland College in 1925, when they invited J 1. Tyldesley, the Lancashire and England cricketer, to demonstrate the art of bat-

ting. His inspiration promised much for 'the future well-being of Up Holland cricket'.

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