A Taste of Life in 1868 Chorley - by John Harrison

It’s all too easy when searching through old newspapers to get side-tracked by interesting stories! That’s my excuse.
When recently searching through the Chorley Standard of 1868, I came across the following two items,(both from the 1st August edition) which, although different, paint small pictures of what life was like over 140 years ago.

1. Strange Proceedings in Botany
On Monday night two women, named Elizabeth Hatch and Jane Collins, were charged before J. Rigby Esq., with assaulting Henry Grime and his daughter Hannah Grime. They were ordered to find sureties.- On Wednesday evening a great crowd assembled in Botany, and an effigy of Grime was prepared, and it was taken to the top of Knowley, where it was burnt, amid great excitement. On Thursday the crowd again assembled, with the intention of “burying the ashes” for which purpose a large fish box had been provided to receive the “remains”. The police, however, came upon the scene and dispersed the excited crowd, taking a man named Jos. Fishwick into custody for disorderly behaviour. He was brought before J. Rigby ,Esq., yesterday and bound over to keep the peace

2. Letter to the Editor “Chorley Workhouse”
Sir, Being near the workhouse on Sunday night a little before nine o’clock, I heard a great noise, which I found was caused by a poor woman seeking admittance. She knocked, and knocked---louder, and yet louder—but all is vain. The woman was importunate, and sought aid of stones, which she sent as friendly messengers through the windows, but still in vain,-- another illustration of the proverb, “None so deaf as those who will not hear.” The woman, of course, had to go away.
Now, Mr. Editor, how is it that the windows of the workhouse can be thus assailed, and yet no notice taken of it? Yours, A Ratepayer.

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John Harrison
April 2011