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Books of local interest we have discovered, read, browsed, found useful or just enjoyed.
Some are very old and only found second-hand, as re-prints, or in archives and libraries, whilst some are newer and more readily available.
Some are free to download as .pdf files, or to read on-line.
Some have been transcribed in part or in full and can be read on this website.

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Historical Sketches of Oldham
by Edwin Butterworth
Pub. posthumously in 1856

A history of Oldham with an appendix bringing it up to date in 1856 plus 22 pages of local advertisements.
Whole book, page scans and transcripts HERE

Apologies in advance for any transcription errors.
Please check against the accompanying scan.

 

LANCASHIRE - Brief Historical and Descriptive Notes by Leo H. Grindon Pub. 1892
LANCASHIRE - Brief Historical
and Descriptive Notes

by Leo H. Grindon
Pub. 1892

Covers the whole of the county but almost half is concerned with Manchester and Liverpool, cotton and other industries.
There are 50 engravings and drawings
to illustrate the book.
4 chapters have been scanned and transcribed HERE

Humpy dick from Ben Brierley's Cast upon the World
Lancashire Writers &
Dialect in Poetry and Prose

Some examples

Lancashire has a proud tradition of Dialect poetry and prose with many of the most well respected coming from our own region.

'The Story of the Ancient Parochial Chapelry of St Mary's, Oldham'
A list of the clergy connected with St Mary's, Oldham and the Mother Church of Prestwich, from 1202 untill 1892.
from:
'The Story of the Ancient Parochial Chapelry of St Mary's, Oldham'
by George Perry-Gore, Vicar of St Mary's, Oldham
Pub. 1906


'The Oldham Battalion
of Comrades'

24th Battalion Manchester Regiment.
(scanned pages)

 


OLDHAM CENTENARY : 1849 - 1949
On-going Project to transcribe Chapters.

With thanks to Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council for granting permission to
Jeremy Sutcliffe.

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Mary Higgs - book by Carol Talbot
The Amazing MARY HIGGS
(1854 - 1936)
by Carol Talbot
Pub. 2011
isbn : 0956541011,  9780956541017

"120 years ago, Reverend Higgs brought his wife Mary and their four children to live in Oldham. This was an era when women were not expected to become involved in issues outside the home. However, had been a student, college lecturer and teacher before her career had been cut short by marriage. She wasted no time in devoting what time she could to social and environmental issues in the town. One of her early initiatives was to set up of a "rescue home" for homeless women."
Visit her website HERE for more details

 

Manchester's Radical women - book
"Up Then Brave Women'" -
Manchester's Radical Women 1819 - 1918
by Michael Herbert
Pub. 2012
ISBN 978-0-9523410-1-7

Manchester recorder
'The Manchester Historical Recorder'
Transcribed by MLFHS
(Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society)

"Published as a book c1875, now transcribed onto CDROM. Covers the municipal, ecclesiastical, biographical, commercial and statistical history of Manchester. It includes events in the history of the city from its founding to the time of publication. The text on this CD is fully searchable."
Available from MLFHS Bookshop, HERE
price £4.25


'A Victorian Society'
'Oldham Photographic Society -
The First 150 Years'

by Christine Widdall
Pub. May 2017
isbn 13:978-154379851
10:154379858

"The book is about early photography and photographers, told against the backdrop of life in Oldham. In 1867, when photography was still in its infancy, a group of photographers from Oldham and District met at the Hare and Hounds Inn, Yorkshire Street, and founded the Oldham Photographic Society.
One evening each week, these early photographers met to share knowledge and to collect photographs in their album, which has mostly lain unseen in the society's archives for over 100 years. "A Victorian Society" has more than 300 black and white photographs and illustrations, many of which are published for the first time.
The author researched the lives of many of the society's Victorian members and their stories give an insight into their origins, successes, failures and personal tragedies."
Available from Amazon HERE

 


'One Hand Tied Behind Us
by Jill Liddington & Jill Norris
First Pub. 1978
The rise of the Women's Suffrage Movement
with much on Lancashire and this area.

Ada Nield Chew
The Life and Writings of ADA NIELD CHEW
Remembered and collected by Doris Nield Chew wih a foreword by Anna Davin.

Pub. Virago Press 1982
ISBN 0-86068-294-3

Suffragist and Women's Trade Unions activist;
lived parts of her life in Rochdale and Manchester.

 

The Hard Way up
The Hard Way Up :
the Autobirography of Hannah Mitchell,
Suffragette & Rebel
Edited by Geoffrey Mitchell

Pub. Faber & Faber, 1968

Suffragette and Women's Rights activist; lived parts of her life in Ashton and Manchester.

The Story of the Ancient Parochial Chapelry of S. Mary's, Oldham
The Story of the Ancient Parochial Chapelry of S. Mary's, Oldham
by George Perry-Gore, Vicar of S. Mary's.
Pub 1906
To celebrate the Quincentenary Year of the Church.
Almost 200 pages of details about the clergy, the building, registers, churchyard etc..
Contains a number of photos

 

Sentenced to cross the raging sea
'Sentenced to Cross the Raging Sea'
The Story Of Sam Johnson, Victim Of Oldham's Bankside Riot Of 1834
by Ross Johnson
Self-published 2004 in Australia
ISBN / EAN: 0646440039 / 9780646440033

The author has written a family-history story, centred on Sam Johnson's transportation to Australia for his part in Oldham's Bankside Riot.
This true story follows the life of Sam Johnson, from the Chatham hulks to the transport ship, to Botany Bay, and through the following 20 years up to receiving the Queen's Pardon after serving the 20 years of his sentence.

 

A History of Oldham Churches by John Beever
'A History of Oldham Churches'
by John Beever
Pub. 1996
ISBN: 1 85216 1124

Written by Oldham Historical Research Group member, John Beever.
The 70 pages of the book identify over 100 Oldham churches with a brief history of each which is usually accompanied by a photograph.

iron men and wooden ladders

'Iron Men and Wooden Ladders'
by Mark Beswick
Pub. 2013
The history of Oldham Fire Brigade
by Mark Beswick.

Short Stories about Failsworth Folk
Short Stories about Failsworth Folk
by Sim Schofield
pub 1905
A collection of short stories some of which were first printed in the 'Oldham Chronicle' and 'Manchester City News'.
Contains a number of illustrations and photos.

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Old books, documents and articles, Free to read on-line, or download as .pdf file. for eg., try putting 'Lancashire' into the search box; result ............. hundreds of links!
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Local Notes and Gleanings: Oldham and Neighborhood in Bygone Times
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'Local Notes and Gleanings:
Oldham and Neighborhood in Bygone Times'
edited by Giles Shaw

From The Internet Archive
Vol 1 Published 1887

Vol 2 Published 1888

Vol 3 Published 1889

 


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'Warblin's Fro' An Owd Songster'
by Samuel Laycock, 1826-1893
Published 1894

From The Internet Archive

sam laycock
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The collected writings of Samuel Laycock.
2d ed. issued 1908
ed., with an introd., biographical and critical, by George Milner.
Published 1908 by W. E. Clegg in Oldham,

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'Memoirs of the late William Cobbett, esq.,'
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'Memoirs of the late William Cobbett, esq.,'
M.P. for Oldham : embracing all the interesting
events of his memorable life, obtained from private
and confidential sources : also, a critical analysis
of his scientific and elementary writings
by Robert Huish, 1777-1850
Published 1836

From The Internet Archive

 

'Memoirs of Wm. Cobbett, Esq.'
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'Memoirs of Wm. Cobbett, Esq.'
M.P. for Oldham, and the celebrated author
of the "Political register".
Published 1835

From The Internet Archive

The life of William Cobbett, esq.,
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'The Life of William Cobbett, Esq.',
late M. P. for Oldham.
pub. 1835

from The Internet Archive

Lancashire folk-lore : illustrative of the superstitious beliefs and practices, local customs and usages of the people of the county Palatine by Harland, John, 1806-1868; Wilkinson, Thomas Turner, d. 1874
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'Lancashire folk-lore : illustrative of the
superstitious beliefs and practices,
local customs and usages of the people
of the county Palatine
.'
by John Harland, 1806-1868; &
Thomas Turner Wilkinson, d.1874

From The Internet Archive

An historical account of the towns of Ashton-under-Lyne, Stalybridge, and Dukinfield 1842
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'An historical account of the towns of Ashton-under-Lyne, Stalybridge, and Dukinfield''
by Edwin Butterworth
Pub 1842
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'History of the county palatine and duchy of Lancaster' Vol 1 by Edward Baines 1836
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'History of the county palatine and duchy of Lancaster' Vol 1
by Edward Baines
Pub. 1836
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cotton spinning
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Cotton Spinning
Vol 1 1896
Vol 2 1897
by William Scott-Taggart
Pub. Macmillan

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Vol. 1
Vol 2
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Bygone Lancashire
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Bygone Lancashire
ed. by Ernest Axon
Pub 1892

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'History of the county palatine and duchy of Lancaster' Vol 2 by Edward Baines 1836
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History of the county palatine and duchy of Lancaster' Vol 2
by Edward Baines
Pub. 1836
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'Popular Traditions of Lancashire'
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'Popular Traditions of Lancashire'
by John Roby, 1793-1850
Published 1843

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Vol 1
Vol 2
Vol 3

'Traditions of Lancashire'
by John Roby, 1793-1850
Published 1872
Vol 1
Vol 2

History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County Palatine of lancaster Vol. 2  by Edward Baines 1825
'History, Directory and Gazetteer of the County Palatine of Lancaster' Vol. 2
by Edward Baines
First Pub. 1825
Vol. 2 includes information on Lancaster, Leigh, Lytham, Manchester, Middleton, Newton in Makerfield, Oldham, Ormskirk, Prescot, Preston, Rochdale, St Helens, Southport, Staley Bridge, Stonyhurst, Todmorden, Ulverston, Warrington, Wigan.
Also contains Gazetteer & Directory info. on the Hundred of Amounerness, Blackburn, Leyland, Lonsdale, Salford, West Derby.
744 pages, 18 pages of which relate to Oldham

 

A History of the County of Lancaster:
Volume 5

Author
William Farrer & J. Brownbill (editors)
published 1911

This book is available to read on-line, freely, on the website: BRITISH HISTORY ON LINE
It's home page states:
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust...

Chapters relevant to Oldham are:

PRESTWICH WITH OLDHAM on pps. 67-76

OLDHAM on pps. 92-108

CROMPTON on pps. 108-112

ROYTON on pps.112-115

CHADDERTON on pps. 115-121

 


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'An historical and descriptive account
of the town and parochial chapelry of
Oldham, in the county of Lancaster
'

by JamesButterworth, 1771-1837
Published 1817

From The Internet Archive


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'The Rustic Muse';
a collection of poems
by James Butterworth, 1771-1837
Published 1818

From The Internet Archive

 

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Abstract from a Register of Accidents in the Coal Mines of the Chamber and Werneth Company, at Oldham, During the Year Ended October, 1841
by Joseph Fletcher
Publisher: Journal of the Statistical Society of London
Volume: 5, July 1, 1842

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The jubilee history of the Oldham Industrial Co-operative Society Limited, 1850-1900
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'The Jubilee History
of
the
Oldham Industrial Co-operative Society
Limited, 1850-1900
'

by J.T. Taylor,
Published 1900

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Cotton weaving 1895
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Cotton weaving: its development, principles, and practice
by Marsden, Richard
Pub. 1895
London, G. Bell & sons]

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'A Grammar
of the Dialect of Oldham (Lancashire)
'

by Karl Georg Schilling,
Published 1906

From The Internet Archive

 

A glossary of the Lancashire dialect
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A glossary of the Lancashire dialect
by John H Nodal and George Milner
Pub. 1875.

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The geology of the country around Oldham,
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The geology of the country around Oldham, including Manchester and its suburbs
(Sheet 88 S.W., and the corresponding six-inch maps 88, 89, 96, 97, 104, 105, 111, 112; Lancashire 259, 271) With an appendix on the fossils
by J. W. Salter
Published 1864 by
Printed for H. M. Stationery Off.

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