An extract from the Reverend Hume Elliot’s book, with extra illustrations, also from the book
The book is in response to many request for information on the Town’s early days, when it was indeed a microcosm of the great Industrial Revolution, with it’s many textile, papermaking, soap and metal works which attracted numerous workers – many from Scotland – to the busy Mills which were powered by the rushing river Irwell, and presided over by by men of calibre such as the Ashton Brothers, the Grant family and the Porritts, and by worthy men of the various church denominations.
One such was the Reverend Hulme Elliot who served at Minister at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church from 1874 to 1907. He wrote his ‘Country and Church of the Cheeryble Brothers” – a reference to the Dickens novel which featured two do-gooders allegedly based upon William and Daniel Grant.
The Ramsbottom Heritage Society have chosen to re-print an extract from this deservedly famous book which is now well out of print and is virtually unobtainable at any cost. it is a fascinating account of the towns’ early industrial history, and will be greatly sought after, an ideal gift for everyone with an interest in the past, whether born in Ramsbottom or a newcomer, or indeed for the many people who live away but still retain links with the town of their birth.