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19th February 201619th February 2016

George Orwell

George Orwell visited Rudyard in the inter-war years during his research for The Road To Wigan Pier which sought to expose the working and living conditions of the economically deprived North of England: An extract from his diary is below: 3.2.1936 Left 9 am. and took bus to Hanley. Walked round Hanley and part of...

Obituary for Janice Kay “Jan” Delaney
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2nd November 201526th May 2016

Obituary for Janice Kay “Jan” Delaney

Obituary for Janice Kay “Jan” Delaney Janice Kay “Jan” Delaney was born July 8, 1941 at Flora, Illinois. She was the eldest of four children born to Robert Francis Delaney and Helen Gladys Boze. Jan received her education at Flora, where she graduated from high school in 1959. She continued her schooling at the McKendree...

Isaac Bailey
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27th May 20153rd June 2015

Isaac Bailey

Ike with some of his fellow soldiers in the 4th Bedfordshires: Another photo of Ike in uniform: A Christmas greeting card Ike sent to his grandmother:

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27th May 201519th June 2015

Harry Bailey

This purse was recovered after Harry’s death. This was another of the photos found in his purse, presumably showing the sort of guns his unit employed. The letter below was the one Harry received when he was a awarded a Military Medal: Harry’s Victory and War medals are shown below, awarded posthumously and sent to...

WW1 Remembered
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27th May 20153rd June 2015

WW1 Remembered

There are six names of men who died in the Great War on the war memorial in Horton, up by the church in the extended churchyard.  Three are noted as men from Rudyard and two of these were brothers.  Isaac (Ike) and Harry Bailey were living at Harper’s Gate in Rudyard when war broke out;...

John Haworth
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6th May 20153rd June 2015

John Haworth

John Haworth was the son of Henry Haworth of Hulme Walfield, one of the two major landowners in Rudyard at the beginning of the 19th century.  It was John who had Cliffe Park Hall built.

Fanny Bostock
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6th May 20153rd June 2015

Fanny Bostock

Fanny Bostock was born in Horton about 1797 and lived most of her life at Cliffe Park Hall, built by her cousin and lover, John Haworth.  She died there a spinster on 19 March  1875. We do not have a photograph of her but we do have copies of these two paintings. The first dates...

Local Football Teams
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22nd March 201529th May 2015

Local Football Teams

We have these wonderful photos of the local football teams in 1922. Rudyard Ladies Football Team 1922 Front Row: Ada Bell, Hilda Shaw, Elsie Shaw, Bessy Shaw, Gladys Thomson Back Row: Flossie Neil, Ena Fryer, Jimmy Goodwin, Nellie Rogers, PC Richard Jackson, Blanche Salt, Louie Thomson, Eddie Birket, Ella Hall (Derek Bowcock Collection) Rudyard Mens...

Dave Clarke transatlantic rower and sailor
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6th February 20153rd June 2015

Dave Clarke transatlantic rower and sailor

Dave Clarke from Macclesfield came to the Lake in 2007 saying that it was his ambition to row single handed across the Atlantic and that he had ordered a boat for the purpose.  Dave had never rowed before although he had previously crossed the Atlantic single handed in a small sailing boat. His boat duly arrived...

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