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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

DIALECT WRITERS MEMORIAL

Summary

Type Shaft

     Erected on stylobate of local stone. The square pedestal was of red peterhead granite. On its four sides were the tributes to the four dialect writers; Edwin Waugh, ...the inscriptions provided details of the place and dates of the birth and death of the four writers, and lines from their writings. The extracts are from: Lahee---"Left to his fate" Trafford Clegg ---- "Lijah's Fortin" Oliver Ormerod --- "Th' First and Second Visit to th' Greyt Eggshibhbn n London"
     The idea of raising a memorial to honour the memory of local dialect writers had ben raised in the press on a number of occasions but the suggestions were not taken up until 1896. It was then that the subject was taken up in a more formal way. The scheme for a memorial found support. Extracts from the subscription book show that apart from a small number of £5 donations, the majority were small under £1. The Rochdale architect, Edward Sykes was commissioned to produce the memorial.He presented his design to the memorial committee in July 1899. The memorial was made by MESSRS RAWSON, monumental masons of Bury. The memorial was placed in a central position on The Slopes, a recently landscaped area of Broadfield Park, overlooking the Esplanade and opposite the town's library. It was unveiled in 1900 by Archdeacon Wilson. Among the dialect writers attending were Sam Laycock and Allen Clarke. Predictably some expresed their feelings in verse. Allen Clarke, who had taken over the mantle of Waugh et al as one of the leading dialect writers. The final verse of his tribute held out the hope:: So Rachda's dialect quartette (Wi' teicher Tim close by, yo' known), Is livin, speikin, singin' yet, - An' may its fame outlast the stone! The memorial included no mention of Tim Bobbin, the most celebrated of the earliest dialect writiers. Born in Milnrow, near Rochdale, was widely associated with the town. His nearby grave was a place of pilgrimage to all overs of the dialect.
     Dedicated to four Rochdale dialect writers: Oliver Ormerod (1811-1879), Edwin Waugh (1817-1890), Margaret Rebecca Lahee (1831-1895), John Trafford Clegg (1857-1895).

Inscriptions

Front BORN ROCHDALE 27TH JANY 1817 EDWIN WAUGH DIED NEW BRIGHTON 30TH APRIL 1890 “COME WHOAM TO THI CHILDER AN ME." IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF FOUR ROCHDALE WRITERS OF THE LANCASHIRE DIALECT WHO HAVE PRESERVED FOR OUR CHILDREN IN VERSE AND PROSE THAT WILL NOT DIE, THE STRENGTH AND TENDERNESS, THE GRAVITY AND HUMOURS OF THE FOLK OF OUR DAY, IN THE TONGUE AND TALK OF THE PEOPLE. THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED A.D. 1900. Lower down on memorial on this side is inscribed: 1908 HARVEY KERSHAW M.B.E. 1986 “A MON WI' T' COMMON TOUCH" rhs (west face) BORN ROCHDALE 21ST JUNE 1811 OLIVER ORMEROD DIED ROCHDALE 1ST NOVEMBER 1879 “AW SED AW'M O RACHDE FELLEY MON UN WE'RE METERLY FAUSE THEERE AWLL WARRUNT TE." “OLIS LET O MON DOO THAT UTS REETE UN E'S SARTIN SHURE FUR TO KOOME EAWT TH BEST UT LAST OV O." back (south side) BORN CARLOW IRELAND 10TH MAY1831 MARGARET REBECCA LAHEE DIED ROCHDALE 14TH JUNE 1895 “WHEN WE LAY DEAUN LIFE'S SHUTTLE AN' STON BEFORE TH GREYT JUDGE, HE'LL WONT TO KNOW WHAT SOOAT OF A PIECE WE'N WOVEN, AN HOW MANY FLOATS THERE'S IN IT, HE WINNOT CARE ABEAWT EAWR HEE SEAUNDIN' NAMES AN' WORLDLY POSSESSIONS. HE'LL AX US HOW WE GOT EM AN WHAT WE DID WI' EM." lhs BORN MILNROW 22ND JANY 1857 JOHN TRAFFORD CLEGG DIED BOURNEMOUTH 18TH MARCH 1895 “SAY NOWT AGAIN FOLK BEHIND THEIR BACKS, SUP NOWT STHRONGER NOR WOM BREWED, AN NOANE TOO MICH O THAT KEEP LOW THOUGHTS EAUT THI MIND BI FILLING IT WI THINGS BRODE AN HEE FESTIN THI E'EN ON TH SKY ITS AS YEZZY TO LOOK UP AS DEAWN, AN IT MAKES A VAST DIFFERENCE IN A MON."

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Sykes, Edward Architect
Rawson and Co., None Builder

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Pedestal Red Granite 252cm square
Stylobate Stone None
Plinth Stone 126cm square

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
MR/ROC03 MR
General condition Poor
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
Vandalism
  • None
Road None
Precise location The Slopes, Broadfield Park overlooking Esplanade, opposite library
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1896-1900
Year of unveiling 1900
Unveiling details 27 October 1900
Commissioned by Memorial Committee
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? Not at risk

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