Moses Heap in Crawshawbooth, Rossendale, Lancashire - 1842

from My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories, page 19:

Trade at this time (about 1842) became very depressed for a long time and people got thoroughly tired out with it […]. I have previously mentioned about trade being bad in the Colne district, all being hand-loom weaving. I used to spin a great quantity of weft for these people, but after they stopped, the people removed to various parts of the country, and some were out of work for a long time. I have seen gangs of 6 or 8 men parading through our village street singing, and begging. I have forgotten the words they used, but the tune they sang was very solemn.

cite as

Moses Heap, My Life and Times, or An Old Man's Memories. In Rossendale Collection, Rawtenstall Public Libraries, 1961, number RC 942 ROS, p. 19. accessed: 20 May, 2024

location of experience: Crawshawbooth, Rossendale, Lancashire


Moses Heap
millworker, yeast dealer

Listening to

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solemn songs performed by out-of-work weavers

Experience Information

Date/Time 1842
Medium live
Listening Environment outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 04 Jul 2022 13:07:43 +0100
Approved on Thu, 21 Jul 2022 10:50:47 +0100