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Dialect Writers' Memorial
Dialect Writers' Memorial
Dialect Writers' Memorial
Dialect Writers' Memorial
Dialect Writers' Memorial

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A tapering column on a square pedestal. At the base of the column, on its four sides, are bronze portraits and tributes for each of the four dialect writers: Oliver Ormerod (1811–1879), Edwin Waugh (1817–1890), Margaret Rebecca Lahee (1831–1895) and John Trafford Clegg (1857–1895). The inscriptions provided details of the place and dates of the birth and death of the four writers, and lines from their writings.
Title

Dialect Writers' Memorial

Medium

bronze & stone

Measurements

H 450 x W 126 x D 126 cm

Accession number

OL16_PRJ_S008

Acquisition method

commissioned by the Memorial Committee

Work type

Obelisk

Owner

Rochdale Borough Council

Custodian

Rochdale Borough Council

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

27th October 1900

Access

time restrictions apply

Inscription description

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.”

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Located at

St Alban's Street, Rochdale

OL16 1AQ

Located in the grounds of Broadfield Park, on the slopes overlooking the Esplanade, opposite the library.