from Longdendale and Glossopdale
Ervin Booth and his wife Emily
(née Nuttall) lived at High View, Warr Hill, Mottram.
Charles Booth, largely self-educated after the age of eleven,
worked as a railwayman from Hadfield Station. One of his
tasks was to walk from Hadfield Station to Crowden where
he hung lights on the level crossing — a long walk!
"He was an early socialist, a member of the I.L.P and
a radical poet (one of his poems is printed here).
"Emily was the daughter of John
Nuttall, sexton of Mottram Church in the 1880s. She
built High View herself largely with money she earned as
a 'wet nurse' to local wealthy families.
" The daugters of the family were weavers at Broad
Mills, Broadbottom and the sons worked as clerks in the
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.
Emily's sister, Margaret
Ann, was the last landlady of the Black Bull, against
the church wall. Mottram, which eventually closed down by
the autocratic Canon Miller."
From Longdendale and Glossopdale compiled by Bill Johnson
Published by The Chalford Publishing Company Limited
St Mary's Mill
Gloucestershire GL6 8NX