Andrew Gray wrote his will on the 23rd November 1727 in which he styles himself ‘Clerk’ and was of Anglezarke, but who was he, when and where did he come from? The first clue comes from his will which names his wife Dorothy, three daughters Ann (wife of Richard Lowe), Mary and Margaret, and three sons John, Thomas and Bennet. Initially a search of the local church registers shows his daughter Ann married Richard Lowe at St Peter’s Bolton in 1723 but there are no baptism records for his children locally. Widening the search finds the unusually named Bennet baptised
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Most of us would think of reservoirs rather than the Temperance Movement. However, for over a century Anglezarke has indeed been ‘dry’. Although, for a township which never rose above 25 houses, it has seen its fair share of drinking establishments. … MoreAnglezarke – Wet or Dry?
Much is written about the engineering of reservoirs, far less is to be found on the social impact on the locals and the ‘temporary residents’. What was life for the people working the reservoirs? … MoreThe social history of The Yarrow reservoir
The seventeenth century was a time of massive religious upheaval in England. In 1642 came civil war between king and parliament. Between 1600 and the start of the civil war in 1642, the population of Lancashire rose from 100 000 to 150 000. James I, who succeeded Elizabeth in 1603, believed in his divine right to rule and forced everyone to attend Church of England services. The ‘new’ church had retained its bishops, ceremony and vestments of Catholicism and a growing number wanted a simpler ‘purer’ form of worship. These puritans wanted to rid the church of England from its
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We can often tell a little bit about the history of place by its name. For example, Kirkby Lonsdale tells us the village had a church and was in the Lune valley. But what about Anglezarke? quite an odd name when you consider the names in the surrounding area. … MoreAnglezarke – What’s in a name?
As newspapers go, this must have been a slow news day ! Why did the Lancaster Gazette run a story about an Anglezarke farmer on a drinking spree who lost a basket of butter in Preston?
Bringing to life an old local dialect song, written about neighbours and local big-wigs by investigating eight verses of clues. This story traces the clues left by an anonymous writer nearly 200 years ago.
Even in the 1940’s cyclists were expected to dismount and walk on ‘The Street’(unless you were en-route to Rivington Grammar school. More than a century earlier, a painted sign in Anglezarke instructed you to do the same, but who put it there?