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Dialect Writers' Memorial
bronze & stone
H 450 x W 126 x D 126 cm
commissioned by the Memorial Committee
Rochdale Borough Council
Rochdale Borough Council
27th October 1900
time restrictions apply
front: BORN ROCHDALE 27TH JANY 1817 / EDWIN WAUGH / DIED NEW BRIGHTON 30TH APRIL 1890 / “COME WHOAM TO THI CHILDER AN ME." / IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF/ FOUR ROCHDALE WRITERS OF THE / LANCASHIRE DIALECT WHO HAVE PRESERVED/ FOR OUR CHILDREN, IN VERSE AND PROSE / THAT WILL NOT DIE, THE STRENGTH / AND TENDERNESS, THE GRAVITY AND / HUMOURS OF THE FOLK OF OUR DAY, / IN THE TONGUE AND TALK OF THE PEOPLE. / THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED A.D. 1900.; right-hand side: BORN ROCHDALE 21ST JUNE 1811 / OLIVER ORMEROD / DIED ROCHDALE 1ST NOVEMBER 1879 / “AW SED AW'M O RACHDE FELLEY / MON UN WE'RE METERLY FAUSE THEERE / AWLL WARRUNT TE." / “OLIS LET O MON DOO THAT UTS REETE / UN E'S SARTIN SHURE FUR TO KOOME / EAWT TH BEST UT LAST OV O."; rear: BORN CARLOW IRELAND 10TH MAY1831 / MARGARET REBECCA LAHEE / DIED ROCHDALE 14TH JUNE 1895 / “WHEN WE LAY DEAUN LIFE'S SHUTTLE AN / STON BEFORE TH GREYT JUDGE, HE'LL / WONT TO KNOW WHAT SOOAT OF A PIECE / WE'N WOVEN, AN HOW MANY FLOATS THERE'S / IN IT, HE WINNOT CARE ABEAWT EAWR / HEE SEAUNDIN' NAMES AN WORLDLY / POSSESSIONS. HE'LL AX US HOW WE GEET / EM AN WHAT WE DID WI' EM."; left-hand side: BORN MILNROW 22ND JANY 1857 / JOHN TRAFFORD CLEGG / DIED BOURNEMOUTH 18TH MARCH 1895 / “SAY NOWT AGAIN FOLK BEHIND THEIR / BACKS, SUP NOWT STHRONGER NOR WOM / BREWED, AN NOANE TOO MICH O THAT / KEEP LOW THOUGHTS EAUT THI MIND / BI FILLING IT WI THINGS BRODE AN HEE / FESTIN THI E'EN ON TH SKY ITS AS YEZZY / TO LOOK UP AS DEAWN, AN IT MAKES / A VAST DIFFERENCE IN A MON.”