Haddock Fold, Heath Charnock
Chorley, Lancs.
by Joan Dickinson.
(Jul 2010)

A couple or so years ago, we, as a Society did a field walk around Anglezarke Reservoir, where we came upon ruins of what we knew to be cottages. We understood the area was called Haddock Fold, but no-one seemed to know anything about the people and their families who lived there or what occupations they had.
Whilst researching something else I came across the name of a person, William Wilson Drinkwater, who was listed as living at Haddock Fold. So I then started to dig, and these are the results!! Most interesting. There appears to have been at least 9 houses in Haddock Fold, housing families with children ranging from 4 in nos. to 10 or 11 in some groups, so with parents and grandparent and some lodgers gathered along the way, it was quite close knit community. Occupations ranged from weavers and winders, colliers, agricultural labourers, farmers, stone quarrymen, dressmakers, a grocer and a beer seller. So it's lovely to picture the area as it used to be, a very thriving community.

Haddock Fold 1848

Haddock Fold 1894

site of Haddock Fold 2010

1841 Census shows 9 dwellings occupied by families :-
1. namely, James Bibby and wife Elizabeth who were both weavers, and their seven children, Elizabeth, John, Thomas, Timothy, James, Nancy and George, ranging from 12 years old to 2 weeks, with the three eldest boys being shown as weavers and winders also.
2. David Holland and wife Ellen, weavers, along with their two children Ellen and Elizabeth who were winders. 3. William Jolly, who was a weaver, his son John, a quarryman, daughter Pheobe a weaver and son Robert an engine tenter, along with two lodgers, Robert and Thomas Howcroft, colliers.
4. Robert Hough, who was an agricultural labourer and his wife Alice, a warper. Son George also a warper, sons William and James, colliers, Alice and Jane weavers and 2 others in the house a labourer and a weaver. 5. Mathew Wilsby, a collier , his wife Mary and daughter Betty, and son William who were drawers, along with 3 other children, Joseph, Thomas and Ann.
6.Thomas Pilkington, a collier and his wife Ann, along with son John, a collier and Richard, Isaac and Thomas, drawers, and 3 other cildren, Esther, Margarert and Nathan.
7. Ellen Farnworth was a weaver and had 2 sons, Alexander and William.
8. Isaac and Charlotte Webster, father and daughter bother weavers.
9. William Wilson Drinkwater, farmer, beerseller and shopkeeper and wife Ellen, along with two children Thomas and William , grandmother Ellen and Robert Garstang, a bookkeeper.

1851 Census shows;-
1. Job Senior a cotton hand loom weaver.
2. Sam Pilkington, a home quarryman and his wife Charlotte a cotton hand loom weaver, with son Samuel, aged 7, who was also a cotton hand loom weaver and his 3 siblings, Isaac, Betty and Jacob.
3. Thomas Jolly, a coal miners labourer and his wife Mary a cotton hand loom weaver daughters Jane and Nanny also weavers, and two sons, John and Thomas who were also drawers for coal miners and a daughter Sarah.
4. Ellen Holland, widow cotton hand loom weaver and two daughters Elizabeth and Nanny who were winders. 5. William Wilson Drinkwater still at Haddock Fold a farmer of 12 acres, a beer shopkeeper and owner, with wife Ellen. Daughters Mary and Nancy dressmakers, along with 3 sons, John, Thomas and William and 3 further daughters, Elizabeth, Ellen and Jane and i visitor, William Morris aged 2.
6. William Morris, grocer and dealer in breadstuffs and wife Ann, along with 2 step sons Francis and Alfred Holland.
7. Thomas Pilkington, widower stone quarryman and two sons Richard and Thomas, coalminers, and daughter Esther.
8. Isaac Webster aged 76 cotton hand loom weaver.
9. James Bibby cotton hand loom weaver and wife Elizabeth, still here, now with 8 children John, Thomas James, Nancy, George, William, Elizabeth and Susannah, ranging from 21 years old down to 10 months.

1861 Census shows :-
1. William Wilson Drinkwater and family were still there and he is noted as a farmer of 12 acres.
2. Thomas Pilkington, widower and quarryman. James Bain, a labourer at water works and his wife
Susannah and four children, Emma, Laurence, George and James. Emma listed as a nurse, probably to look after the younger ones.
3. Edward Berry a labourer at water works and wife Jane and 4 children, Sarah, Thomas, Andrew and George.

1871 Census.
Things are on the up as all the houses are again occupied, and occupations are changing also.
1. William Wilson Drinkwater and family still here. With his wife Ellen, seven children, 1 grandson, Joseph and a lodger.
2. Joseph Conner stone worker and wife Sylvana and two lodgers Robert Kilpatrick and Robert Bradford, one of them a blacksmith.
3. William Marsden a blacksmith and his wife Charlotte and children, John, James and Hannah.
4. Robert Whittam a stonemason and wife Margaret and children Jasmine and James.
5. Edward Burrars, a general Labourer/excavator and wife Mary and son Pat.
6. Paul Mcconister, a general labourer and his wife Margaret and 3 children, Catherine, Daniel and Elizabeth and a lodger , William Gibbons.
7. James Montague a general labourer/excavator and wife Sarah and 3 children Daniel, Thomas and Mary and 4 lodgers , Brian Carty, John King, Thomas Jones and William Brook, general labourers and sawyers.
8. Thomas Shay, a sawyer and wife Mary 2 children, Thomas and Mary and 2 lodgers, Richard Kilfoille and Thomas Meadon, general labs.
9. Maurice Counell a mason and his wife Mary.
1881 Census. shows only 1 inhabited building, and 6 uninhabited. The inhabited building was the family of William Drinkwater ( son of William Wilson Drinkwater)who is now the head and farmer of 12 acres along with his wife Alice and 3 sons, William, Arthur and Herbert.(twins)
1891 Census shows William Drinkwater (2nd) still there as a farmer with wife Alice and two sons William and Arthur. Looks like Herbert has died.
1901 Census shows William (2nd) still there with his wife Alice, he is now aged 60 and his so ns aged 25 and 21, and the youngest being a poultry keeper.
This seems to be the end of Haddock Fold and the end of the story also.

For Chorley Historical & Archaeological Society. J.D. 2010