16 February 1901
"Have you a fad? If not, develop one
straightaway. He who has a fad never finds time
hanging heavy on his hands. When his regular work
is over, he flies to his hobby with an enthusiasm
scarcely excelled by the devotion the lover shows
for his sweetheart."
THE PURCHASE OF ALMA BRIDGE
A meeting of Cheshire County Council approved
a report regarding the purchase of Alma Bridge,
freeing it from toll. The deal was negotiated by
Dukinfield and Ashton Town Councils and the Stamford
Estate. A company had been formed to build the bridge
following the Ashton-under-Lyne and Dukinfield Bridge
Act 1854. It raised £5,000 capital by issuing 1,000
shares and borrowed a further £1,650.
WOMAN FOUND DROWNED IN THE
CANAL AT ASHTON
"Early on Wednesday morning, the body of
an elderly woman was seen floating in the canal
at the junction near Portland-street. On drawing
out the body on to the canal bank, life was found
to be extinct. The body was conveyed on an ambulance
to the mortuary at Ashton Town Hall to await identification."
The body was that of Margaret WARDLE,
the 64 year old wife of Matthew WARDLE, a labourer
of 5 Sykes-street Dukinfield. He gave evidence
at the inquest saying that his wife had suffered
very much from erysipelia for the last 20 years
"and had always been under a doctor."
(Erysipelas a contagious skin disease,
due to streptococcal infection in the skin and
Dr BOOTH had advised her to go into
hospital which she did on 24th December
where she stayed until the previous Saturday.
She became ill again on Monday and stayed in bed
most of Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, Matthew
got up at five oclock and took his wife
a cup of tea before leaving for work at twenty
past six. As he left, Margaret asked him to call
at her nieces house in Wharf-street to ask
her to get breakfast ready. He heard of her death
at about ten thirty. He said she had never threatened
suicide, although when she had been very ill,
he had heard her: "wish she were dead."
Margarets niece, Sarah Ann
NADEN said that she had gone to her aunts
house at nine oclock, but no one was there.
She searched the area without success until she
went by the canal where she heard of the death.
The verdict was: "suicide while temporarily
INQUEST ON A CHILD AT DENTON
An inquiry was held into the death of Doris
BRADBURN aged 18 months, daughter of Anthony BRADBURN
of Creswell-street, off Ashton Road, Denton.
The parents said that the child
had begun vomiting on Sunday morning, but appeared
to revive by evening. At 8.15 on Monday morning,
the child was "seized with convulsions".
The doctor was called, but she died before he
arrived. Doris had suffered from bronchitis and
whooping cough and the jury returned a verdict
of: "death by natural causes, accelerated
In connection with the inquiry,
John WORRALL, pawnbroker of Ashton-road was fined
£2 for non-attendance as a juryman. The Coroner
said: "he had been far too lenient in the
past with jurors and it appeared it was being
taken advantage of. This was Mr WORRALLs
second offence and if it occurred when he was
next summoned, he would be fined £5."
CHARGE AGAINST A DUKINFIELD
William WILDGOOSE, landlord of the Newmarket
Tavern, Dukinfield, was in court for selling intoxicating
liquor during prohibited hours. Inspector DUTTON
and Constable BROOME had been at the kitchen window
of the pub in the early hours of the morning and
had heard the voices of three or four men.
"After waiting a minute or
two, he (the inspector) knocked at the side door
and did not get any answer. He waited a little
while and then knocked again and there was some
shuffling in the room, but there was no answer.
He sent Constable BROOME round to the back door
and after giving him time to get there, he knocked
again much louder.
"He rattled the door latch,
knocked again and heard someone come downstairs.
He recognised the voice of Mrs WILDGOOSE in the
kitchen and heard her say: You are caught!
You are caught! Whatever shall we do? There
was also the sound of glasses being carried into
The door was finally opened and
he found three men Tom MADELY, Joseph HORROCKS
and William GREENWOOD. There were glasses in the
bar with the remains of beer and he also noticed
that WILDGOOSE was drunk. The men claimed that
they had arrived only minutes before the knock
on the door and had not had chance to have a drink.
Even so, they were fined 2s 6d without costs,
while the landlord was fined 5s with costs.
IN PURSUIT OF GAME AT STALYBRIDGE
Walter KNIGHT and Edwin LAWTON were in court,
having been caught trespassing "in pursuit
of game" on the land of George OLLERENSHAW
at Staley Hall Farm, Stalybridge. They pleaded not
OLLERENSHAW said that he had seen
the two, KNIGHT armed with nets and ferrets, while
LAWTON had a dog. They remained on the land for
four to five hours. "Knight was hardly ever
off the land," he said "and he had threatened
that if the witness summoned him, he would do
injury to his cattle and: pay him back with
his own coin."
There was some debate about what
the pair hoped to catch hares, rabbits
or rats? However, they were found guilty. LAWTON
was fined 1s and costs as it was his first offence,
but KNIGHT was fined 20s because he had been up
before the bench many times before.
ASHTON CRICKET CLUB
OPENING BY PRINCE RANJITSINGHI
"There was a large and influential gathering
at the Ashton Town Hall on the occurrence of the
opening of a three day bazaar by Prince Ranjitsinghi,
the well-known county cricketer who has gained a
world-wide reputation for the wonderful way in which
he handles the willow."
Quite a number of willing workers
gave their services freely in building and decorating
the various stalls, prominent among them being
Joseph FRANCE and John BINGHAM. The aim of the
bazaar was to raise £1,000 to liquidate the debt
on the new pavilion which had opened on 7th
May 1898. Since then, many other improvements
had been made to the ground making it one of the
best in the county.
There followed a detailed
history of the club which played its first match
on 2nd May 1857. See Reporter archive
for more information.