An Historical Account of the Towns of Ashton-under-Lyne, Stalybridge, and Dukinfield

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T. A. Phillips, 1842 - 177 pages
 

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Page 163 - Duckinfield, for the heriot," replied the boy. " My father is dead, — we are many children, — and have no cow but this. Don't you think the devil will take Sir Robert for a heriot when he dies ?" The lad was fortunately addressing a humane landlord. " Return home," said the knight. " Take the cow back to thy mother; I know Sir Robert, — I am going to Duckinfield myself, and will make up the matter with him.
Page 85 - ... prices, little competition between individuals, and the mind became contracted from this general stagnation and its being so seldom roused to exertion. Men being mostly employed alone, or having few but their own families to converse with, had not their understandings rubbed bright by contact and an interchange of ideas; they witnessed a monotonous scene of life which communicated a corresponding dulness and mechanical action to their minds. The greatest varieties of scene which they witnessed...
Page 37 - ... the degree of decorum that was necessary at such meetings, there was frequently introduced a diminutive pair of stone stocks, of about eighteen inches in length, for confining within them the fingers of the unruly. This instrument was entrusted to the general prefect of manorial festivities, named the King of Misrule, whose office it was to punish all who exceeded his royal notions of decency : Accordingly, such a character appears among the list of Sir John of Assheton's tenants, under the name...
Page 36 - They were excluded from partaking in the honours of the "tented field," being destined, on the manor of their lord, to perform the duties of civil and agricultural drudgery. Thus, the opprobrium cast upon such menial employments as ploughing the lord's lands or carting the lord's fuel and manure, originating from the high sense entertained, in this early period, of military allegiance, is transmitted to later times, in the debasing ideas that the name of villein, originally nothing more than a feudal...
Page 49 - Sweet Jesu, for thy mercy's sake, And for thy bitter passion ; Save us from the axe of the Tower, And from Sir Ralph of Assheton.
Page 88 - Beyond all sorrow which the wanderer knows, Is that these little pent-up wretches feel; Where the air thick and close and stagnant grows, And the low whirring of the incessant wheel Dizzies the head, and makes the senses reel: There, shut for ever from the gladdening sky, Vice premature and Care's corroding seal Stamp on each sallow cheek their hateful die, Line the smooth open brow, and sink the saddened eye.
Page 36 - Lancashire, once dedicated to these annual scenes of festivity, may be observed an elevation of the floor at the extremity of the great hall, or, in the place of it, a gallery which stretches along one side of the room, with the intention that it should accommodate the lord and his family, so that they might not be annoyed by the coarse rustic freedoms, which the tenants would be too apt to take with them, during the hours of their conviviality. In a hall, then, of this kind...
Page 38 - MarlocJc, which, in this county, denotes a great disturbance or riot of any kind. For the celebration of the gyst-ale of a township, a contribution was raised from all ranks of society. The lord of the manor, the esquire, or the farmer, whose bounty might be supplicated, came forward and announced the sum that he intended to give. The treasurer of the feast exclaimed "a largesse!" The populace, with one voice, demanded "from whom?
Page 46 - Ashton-under-Lyne, termed Riding the Black Lad, described in Hone's Every-day Book, ii. 467. It is said to have arisen from there having been formerly a black knight who resided in these parts, holding the people in vassalage, and using them with great severity.
Page 50 - Ralph in obliging the farmers to keep their grounds free from weeds, was not of so heinous a nature as to require to be expiated by centuries of execrations, and the solemnity might now be permitted to cease, without any detriment to the moral feeling of the place.

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