Nearly-Midnight The genealogy website relating to the family. A tangled web of people all related to one another, explore!
Robert Clark The Father of Henry Martyn-Clark - A missionary out in the North-West Frontier of India. One of the first Europeans to set foot in Afganistan
Affetside Census
A small village north of Bury, Lancashire, I can trace many of my immediate ancestors from there. On the Roman Road, Watling Street
Andrew Martyn-Clark My Father and his part in my World. Also my mother and his parents too.
Henry Martyn-Clark My Great Grandfather, his roots and his achievements. Discusses malaria but also his confrontations with Islam.


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Friday 25 March 2011

Some more Memorials from the "Rossendale Way

Harry Sagar
 Harry Sagar - "In loving memory of HARRY SAGAR" 13-12-1914 -28-10-1992"
From information gleaned on the Internet in particular Gary Whiteheads site, he married a Ms Jean Stuart, a daughter and also two granddaughters. His family have very thoughtfully placed a plaque on approximately the highest place of the "Rossy Way" Fabulous view Harry - I've seen it in all weathers too! I guess the swoosh of the windfarm isn't too bad!
Ward Ogden
Ward Ogden has a stone dedicated to him on the Rossendale way too. His is placed very close to Harry Sagar's stone. It reads "REBUILT 1966 IN MEMORY OF WARD OGDEN NATURALIST AND RAMBLER" The stone is set within the reconstructed "Waugh's Well" More about Edwin Waugh next.

Waugh's Well

 Edwin Waugh was born in Rochdale in 1817 and died in New Brighton in 1890. son of a shoemaker,  and, after a little schooling, apprenticed to a printer, Thomas Holden, at the age of 12. While still a young man he worked as a journeyman printer, travelling all over England, but eventually returned to his old job in Rochdale. Waugh read eagerly, and in 1847 became assistant secretary to the Lancashire Public School Association and went to work in Manchester. He first attracted attention by his sketches of Lancashire life and character in the Manchester Examiner His first book Sketches of Lancashire Life and Localities was published in 1855 while he was working as a traveller for a Manchester printing firm. He wrote also in prose "Factory Folk",  "Besom Ben Stories", and "The Chimney Corner". By 1860 he was able to become a full-time writer but by 1881 he was in poor health and was granted a Civil List pension of £90 p.a. His best work was, perhaps, his Lancashire Dialect songs, collected as Poems and Songs (1859), which brought him great local fame. He was possessed of considerable literary gift, and has been called "the Lancashire Burns." His most famous poem is "Come whoam to thi childer an' me", 1856. Waugh's Well was built in 1866 to commemorate him at the now derelict Fo' Farm, where he spent much time writing, on the moors above Waterfoot, Rossendale. Waugh died at his home in New Brighton, near Liverpool, in 1890 and was buried in St. Paul's churchyard on Kersal Moor. There is another link to Edwin Waugh and Grants Tower here.

Harry Craven

Our last worthy is Harry Craven another Lancashire Dialect speaker. He has a memorial with the other 3 in the same place It reads "IN MEMORY OF HARRY CRAVEN ROSS ENDALE 1907 - 1971 HE LEFT HIS MARK ON MEMORY'S PAGE BY STRIVING, MIGHT AND MAIN TH'OWD DIALECT IN T' MODERN AGE, TO FOSTER AND SUSTAIN." He is connected with Bacup

He was a prolific writer, books are still for sale on Amazon and occasionally Ebay. He is often linked with Roland Digby. Titles include Bacup Mcellany History, Forest Fantasy, A lesson fer larners. He also has a mention in the International Who's who in Poetry Volume 4
"Published works: Jt. author w the late Alice Miller, Accrington Miscellany, 1970; Rossendale Anthology. 1969; Jt. author w. the late Harry Craven, Bacup Miscellany, 1972. Contbr. to The Record. Recip., The Scholes Cup for Dialect Poem, ..."
"International Poetry Society - 1973 - Snippet view
... but I personally enjoyed the dialect verse of the late Harry Craven, who is well represented in the book, and I found myself becoming more and more engrossed in the well illustrated features on Bacup's history — and that coming from ...

Goodness knows what these 4 chaps would have thought of Facebook, texting and th'internet!

View from Waugh's Well

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