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The Diary of a Lancashire Lad

Our April meeting was again very well attended with no obvious parking problems and at our next meeting the new car park will be opened for use.

Our guest speaker was Mrs Kathy Fishwick from Rossendale. Her very enthusiastic talk related to the serendipitous find of a small diary of 6” x 4” written in 1760.  The writer was  an eighteen year old boy called Henry Hargreaves from Rossendale.  At the beginning of the diary he was just about to embark on his education at Burnley Grammar School.  He was obviously very bright, writing in copperplate the events of the day and keeping a strict record of his daily expenditure.  As the year progressed, his diary stated the increased family responsibilities he was taking upon himself and helping his father to administer his lead mining concern.  He eventually became a solicitor, lived until he was 86 years old and was obviously very well thought of as his memorial inside St Nicholas Parish Church, Newchurch states “descended to the grave amidst lamentations and regrets of a very extensive circle of friends and acquaintances”.

After the lecture, Peggy sold books,  tea coffee and biscuits were served by Sheila and Jean and people stayed to chat.

Pauline Roberts

Kathy Fishwick presented extracts from Henry Hargreave’s  journal written back in 1760.