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Next Meeting : September 17th
‘Hotels in the Sky - History of Zeppelins’ - with Mike Ogden.
In the opening presentation of the season, using both photographs and film of the period, Michael Ogden will tell the fascinating story of a lost technology, and a long forgotten way to travel the world
During the early years post the First World War, very few thought the aeroplanes would ever develop into a safe, efficient and affordable way to travel long-distances. The first airliners had only a short range – 500 miles at most – though that was probably plenty for the passengers because they were uncomfortable, cold, noisy, far from reliable -- and not very safe either. Read More
Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine (1861-5)
After 150 years, the forgotten poetic voices of Lancashire’s poverty-stricken cotton workers, during the US civil war, have been unearthed by researchers at the University of Exeter. This treasure trove of responses to a troubled time is available at Poetry:Lancashire Cotton Famine, Guardian Article,
Friends of Rose Hill Station present Marple Intergenerational Knowledge & Community Friendship Monthly Events. 1 ‘You, Marple Life & Trains- Then & Now' Noon to 3 30pm, Saturday 25th August 2018 at Hawk Green Reading Rooms Upper Hibbert Lane, Marple, SK6 7HQ. More details on this pdf
October 1859 – letter from William Foster, ship’s carpenter to his wife:
“My dear wife, I am sorry to inform you that the ship is a complete wreck. She has gone to pieces this morning, about 5 o’clock. There are only 25 – 30 of us saved out of about 400 souls.
Dear wife, give my love to the children and tell them I will be home as soon as the letter.”
Amongst the passengers who did not survive was Sarah Ann Foster (neé Woodruff). Sarah was born in Hatherlow in the township of Bredbury on the 28th April 1821 and christened at Hatherlow Independent church. Her mother was Mary Woodruff and it is likely that Sarah was illegitimate, as her father’s name is not recorded.