Up Holland in old picture postcards volume 2

Up Holland in old picture postcards volume 2

:   Dr. Allan Miller
:   Lancashire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-0954-3
:   80
:   EUR 16.95 Incl BTW *

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59 InAugust1904UpHolland became the centre of interest as large crowds were attracted to the village by the manifestations of the Church Street ghost. The Manchester Guardian correspondent wrote: 'Search England through and you could not find a more ideal spot to 10cate a haunted house than Up Holland. It is a place of ancient houses and irregular architecture, and its narrow, winding streets are almost too steep for traffic,' Up Holland became 'quite a Mecca for psychical investigators' including Mr. W E. Garrett Fisher, who believed . one of the most characteristic and interesting types of ghost has made its appearance in the village of Up Holland'. In an article in the Daily Mail he put forward three possible explanations of the phenomenon; a person playing a practical joke, a poltergeist or spirit and a 'still unknown source'.

60 The ghost house was 'a place of massive walls, with deep window seats and low ceilings, oak raftered, while the doors swing at uneven angles'. The actual room where most ghostly activity took place was about four yards square with massive whitewashed beams and hard plaster, which Archie Hunt called 'stave and daub', The ghost was active between 10.30 p.m. and midnight with knockings and rumblings, paper torn off the walls, patches of plaster scattered about the room and stones flung to the floor, A policeman admitted: 'It passes my understanding, and I'm astounded,' People were allowed to view the chamber; one vi sitar declared that the 'eerie spectacle and ghostly scene' was sufficient to 'freeze the laughter on their lips'. Eventually Mrs. Winstanley, the occupant, stopped the visits: 'Polk will think it's a money making concern:

61 Lady de Holland was actually village character John Winstanley alias 'John Dolly', who specialised in female impersonations. He was a master of make up and disguise; his costumes included button up leg gaters, hats, stoles, shawls and voluminous knickers. Espeerally after a few drinks, he would stand on a stone 'pulpit' opposite the Old Dog inn, dressed as Mrs. Pankhurst, and poke fun at wamen in general and suffragettes in particular in speeches, which were a mix of polities, humour and bad language. He was also a member of the Do Da band, which attended most of the social functions in the village. John Dolly was also a great practical joker and he was suspected of having some involvement in the mysterious activities? associated with the ghost house.

62 Up Holland's pubs were centres of social activity but they also had other functions. At the Old Dog inn an inquest was held in 1 884 on a fatal accident at Crow Orchard Colliery, where a young miner was killed by a large stone that fell from the roof. In the same year the Old Dog was used for an inquiry into the death of an Irish farm labourer strangled at a lodging house on Alma Hill. In 1858 Jenkinson's field in Pimbo Lane was the scene of a bare knuckle fight that went on for more than an hour as the two men fought over about thirty rounds for a f5 bet made in the pub. About four hundred or five hundred spectators watched the fight and when local farmers and householders became alarmed by the mob the police were contacted; it took time to re store order and the crowd threatened to throw the policeman into a nearby pit!

63 Just prior to the Second World War, Dickinson's, a local building firm, submitted plans to Up Holland Urban District Council for a cinema in Grove Road. Planning permission was eventually granted, but with conditions: the builders were instructed to create a lay-by and a forecourt with two accesses to the lay-by. Work commenced on the cinema in February 1 939. but on-site problems and disagreements over toilet provision delayed progress. Eventually a compromise was reached and the Lyric cinema was opened officially on 6 November 1939. Like many small cinemas, it closed in the 1950s when it became impossible to compete with television; it was purchased by Up Holland Church as a parish hall before eventually assuming an industrial function.

64 Up Holland Parish Church has had its ups and downs over the centuries. In 1834 it was described as 'a fine old building, having a solid tower, over which ivy creeps, and renders it a highly picturesque object'. However, by 1875 a visitor called Up Holland Church 'the most neglected, cold and cheerless place of worship' and alterations to the interior were nothing short of' acts of vandalism'. Lack of money was a problem: 'We want a thousand pound left us, and then we could do something.' Fortunately there was 'a yearning desire for an altered state of things': a new chancel was designed by Basil Champneys in the 1880s. Nevertheless, another visitor in 1926 was depressed by the 'somewhat ruinous state' of the old tower, which seemed 'destined to fall unless speedily repaired'.

65 From her house opposite, Miss Weeton enjoyed watching children in the churchyard 'diverting themselves in many a harmless frolic' . There are many interesting epitaphs on gravestones especially in the old section; the new graveyard was consecrated by the Bishop of Liverpool in 1905. One of the most intriguing said: 'Here underneath thou dost approach, the body of John Smith, the coachman.' Ellen Weeton prepared a long epitaph for her mother, but the actual inscription on Mrs. Weeton's gravestone simply stated: 'Mary Weeton, died 5th December, 1797, aged 51.' From the words on her gravestone it was dear that another woman, Alice Lea, who died in 1869 aged 84, was a laving and caring mother:
Grieve not for me, but comfort take And love each other for my sake!
Grieve not for me, my days are past, So long for you my love did last.

66 Up Holland Parish Church is known for the 'curious and quaint relies of its interior' . Rev. John Braithwaite from The Priory transformed Up Holland Grammar School into The Academy, a successful seminary; when he died suddenly in 1 81 2 the social atmosphere of The Priory suffered, but bis work was commemorated by a memorial on the south wall of the church. Braithwaite's son in law, Rev. John Bird, later ran the school and was Curare for 11 years and Perpetual Curate for 22 years at Up Holland. His friends erected a tablet in recognition of his aim 'to promote the truest interests of rich and poor' and this 'earnest desire to reside among his people'. There are also monuments to the local doctors, teachers and gentry, including members of the Bankes family of Winstanley Hall and the Bispham family from Bispham Hall.

67 Rev. Frederick George Wills, Vicar of Up Holland from 1888 until1927, was another remembered by a plaque on the wall of the parish church. In addition to his pastoral duties, Rev. Wills, as a member of Up Holland Urban District Council, was active on the secular scene. During the First World War he was Chairman of the Up Holland District Military Tribunal and worked hard to support the families of soldiers and sailors; he visited hospitals and camps all over the country. Much of the work was done on his motorcycle and the Council supported his application for an increased supply of petrol. When peace returned Rev. Wills played a prominent role in raising funds for the erection of the War Memorial; he died on Good Friday, just a week before he was scheduled to give the dedication at the unveiling ceremony.

68 John William Bamforth succeeded his father, William, as Headmaster of the village school in 1898 and held the position until his retirement from the teaching profession in 192 5. He was a highly respected member of Up Holland Urban District Council and had been elected Chairman just before his death in May 192 9. Amongst other duties he represented the Council on the United Charities of Up Holland. Mr. Bamforth was a prominent member of Up Holland Parish Church where he served as organist, choirmaster, vestry clerk and secretary to the Church Council. A large congregation attended his funeral and the procession, which included representatives of the police, the churches and the Council, was watched by large numbers of sympathetic villagers along the whole route to the Parish Church.

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