Friday May 16th 1856
At the old church, Macclesfield, on Tuesday last, Mr John Wood, farmer of Sheen Moor Race, married Miss Elizabeth Gould , of Longnor Edge, and the manner in which it was managed is as follows. They are generally known at Longnor by the name of the “Duke and the Duchess”. The wedding day was fixed for Monday, and, according to arrangement, the bridegroom was to come to Mr Gould’s on Sunday night, not later than 11 o’clock. But the hours passed away, and a suspicion arose that “His Grace” was about to act in a graceless manner. Then the lovely bride and her mother determined not to be done, and set off to the residence of the frail and wavering Intended. They aroused the family and strictly searched the house, but found the bird had flown. A succession of fits and hysterics was the consequence. During the day she rallied so as to be able to return home. This matter caused great excitement among the ladies of Longnor and in the evening the noble duke was suspected to be in the town, when about twenty women commenced a search for him. They beat closely for some time but the cunning fox would not break cover. Miss Mary Harrison, a dressmaker, having keener scent than the rest, gave mouth, and he was consequently speedily captured – literally taken by storm and carried off under a strong guard of the weaker vessels, and was not allowed his liberty until the indissoluble knot was tied at Macclesfield aforesaid.
High Peak News
An inquest was held at the Parks Inn by Dr Bennet on the body of Elizabeth Shotwell, aged one week. The family occupied a lime hillock - a mere hole in the ground - ill-ventilated and unfit for human habitation, for which they paid 4s 4d per month. The husband worked for Buxton Lime Company. Mary Shotwell said "the deceased was my child. I slept on the inside of the bed, the deceased next to me and a daughter about three years of age next to her. My husband slept on the outside. When I woke in the morning the baby was dead". Evidence was also given by the father, Abraham Shotwell. The probable cause of death was suffocation. Verdict: death by being overlain.
The lime hillock was probably at Grin Low, see the article by Julie Bunting
14th December 1901
SAD DEATH OF A WOMAN AT HOLLINSCLOUGH
On Saturday Mrs Salt, wife of Mr John Salt, a stonemason, whose home is at Hollinsclough, visited Buxton, and after doing her shopping started on the journey home. The night was wet and windy and the walk up Axe Edge and on to Hollinsclough must have severely taxed her. It is stated that she did reach home and subsequently went to a neighbour's, but she was not again seen alive, her body being discovered on Sunday morning not far from her home. Various rumours were afloat, one being that she was exhausted and died from starvation and another that she suffered from heart disease and succumbed to a sudden attack in the road. An inquest was held by Mr Cull, Coroner of Cheadle, on Tuesday, when an open verdict was returned.
Thanks to Mandy Fearn for this article. Mrs Salt was her great, great grandmother and is buried at Flash. Her home was at Moorside.
Saturday, January 7th 1922
Hollinsclough Christmas Festivities
The little village has been quite en fete for a fortnight. First a whist drive and dance for school funds - a success. Then a sale of work made by the school children, lovely things which made a large sum. Next a grand tea and Christmas tree laden with toys, each child being provided by one by Father Christmas, Miss Mycock, Stoop Farm, representing him. And lastly on Monday night, the 26th, the greatest triumph was accomplished.
The village band, fourteen in number, arranged to have a potato pie supper, first serving the pie, second serving bread, cheese and celery, thirdly tea, coffee and cocoa to drink. They each invited all the neighbouring gentry, their wives and daughters, over one hundred attending. Seven o'clock was the invited time and long before there could be seen the huge pies being carried to the supper room, one having to be brought from Coates Town weighing 40lbs. Two bandsmen volunteered to carry it and got weighed down in a place called Swan Rake and had to have assistance from the village men and it reached its destination all right. The next in size had to be taken over the dreadful out of repair Hopping Bridge which was, we are pleased to say, accomplished without accident.
Mr James Tunnicliffe, with his ever ready services, served out the pies and Mr Charles Wild the bread, cheese and celery department. Tea, coffee and cocoa being served by the ladies Miss Taylor, School House; Mrs Berrisford, Hopping; Mrs John Weston, Hollinsclough; Mrs Mellor, Edge Top; Mrs Frank Slack, New; Mrs Brocklehurst, Grove; with Mr Berrisford, Hopping assisting with boiling the water for them. Mrs Webster and Miss Taylor supplied the crockery and cutlery. The bandsmen having finished supper played a choice selection of music for their invited friends while they had their supper.
Amongst the invited guests we noticed: Mr Tunnicliffe, Moor Top; Mr James Riley, Bent Head Farm, Meerbrook; Miss Mellor, Edge Top; Mr Joseph Hand; Mr J.H. Grindey, Moorside; Mr, Mrs and Miss Holland, Stannery; Mr John Weston; Mr Wain, Booth Farm and sons; Mr Fred Weston and etc, everyone pronouncing the pies of an excellent brand. During the evening lovely cakes of all descriptions were handed round. The evening was enhanced by the excellent singing of Mr Wain, Booth Farm, who has a lovely voice. Mr James Tunnicliffe accompanied on the piano. Miss Harrison of Stockport sang and accompanied herself.
The small hours of the morning were beginning to creep on and it was suggested it was time for home going, everyone saying a better invitation supper had never been.
A list of pie donors: Mr John Weston, Hollinsclough; Miss Wain, Hollins Farm; Mrs Berrisford, Hopping; Mrs Johnson, Nab End; Mrs Slack, New Barn; Mrs Harry Wheeldon, Hollinsclough; Mrs Mellor, Edge Top; Mrs Frank Slack, New; Mrs Armitt, Coates Town; Mrs Nadin, Edge Side; Mrs Preston, Edge Side and Mr Charles Wild, bread, cheese and celery.
4th March, 1922
Poultry Breeder's Success -Hollinsclough
The village of Hollinsclough has every reason to be proud of the success of one of its young ex-soldiers for Mr James Henry Slack has gone far in the breeding of prize fowl. He is a specialist in Redcaps and has obtained prizes for Redcap cockerels at the poultry shows in Manchester and also at the all-England show at Crystal Palace last November.
He has shipped two perfect pens of Redcaps to South Africa, where we hope they will do well and reflect credit on himself and Hollinsclough. He is to be congratulated on his success, which he deserves, for he has spared neither time nor expense in getting together the best possible strain of the Redcap breed.