BITS & PIECES



Edenfield Market Place 1977

The house and business of Simeon Chatwood are seen on the right of this picture and are immediately beyond the white building on the right. He also had another shop (drapery)on the left of Market St, roughly where the white car is in the picture.

Extract from a Lancashire Directory

Simeon Chatwood , Grocer, &c., 4 Market St Edenfield -This business is undoubtedly the most flourishing and the largest of its class in the whole of the district, and the success that has been achieved is the more meritorious when it is remembered that, in this part of the kingdom, competition is remarkably keen. Mr Chatwood carries on a large trade in such a variety of departments that any attempt at graphic description in detail would be impracticable. The numerous branches not only include grocery and general provisions, but also boots and shoes, hosiery, Staffordshire ware and a great variety of other goods embracing a very wide scope of operations.
The premises occupied are very extensive and are conveniently located in the main thoroughfare of Edenfield.They form a block that has a commanding position at the corner of Gincroft Lane, and therefore is one of considerable frontage. The hosiery manufacture is in Gincroft Lane and the goods in this department are far too numerous for detail. The specialities include cardigan jackets, boys suits, Tam O' Shanter caps, ladies skirts, childrens skirts, dresses, under vests, ladies stockings, gentlemens socks and all classes of woolwork. They are machine made and for both wholesale and retail trade.
Mr Chatwood's motto is that "small profits" will bring "quick returns", and he therefore supplies his numerous customers with the very best quality goods in every branch of his business at the lowest reasonable price. His system of conducting the business is doing much to secure an even greater connection in the future than he has enjoyed in the past.


Signs of the Times

The Premises above are now (2002) occupied by an insurance company and the the drapery shop is now a Chinese takeaway.
Of the five pubs in Edenfield

  • The Quarrymans Arms was converted to a house years ago
  • The Coach and Horses is now a Spanish Restaurant
  • The Pack Horse is now an Italian Restaurant
  • The Horse and Jockey has a Chinese Restaurant attached
  • The Rostrons Arms is still a pub.

  • Edmund Chattwood

    Edmund Chattwood was the author of 64 page story written in the Lancashire dialect entitled "A Droll Lancashire Sketch or Owd Dick un Owd Ailse fro th'Nimble Nook, Edenfielt, i' thur fust Chep Trip to Liverpool wi Jim Darron un George Duckorth, poo'd on by th' beighlin steam flyin' machine". It is the story of the first cheap day railway trip of Dick and Alice from Nimble Nook (now Bury Road ) Edenfield to Liverpool and their adventures and experiences during the trip. The following excerpt describes Alice's fright when the train started its journey from Stubbins station to the first stop at Ramsbottom.

    Lord bless me! she cried all at once, look you ; did you see that building go flying past? See you there is another; and now a tree; and now some cows. God bless me, what a queer country we're getting into. Will you be quiet says Dick: you're only making these folk laugh and pull faces at you: none of the buildings are flying, nor the trees or the cows, it's what they call a moptical delusion, caused by the motion of the train.
    This is just the start translated from the dialect but it is a laugh from here until they finally arrive back home.

    I found this whilst browsing the local history catalogue in Bury Library


    Edmund Chattwood was also appointed the District Grand Master at their Annual Meeting of the Ramsbottom and Edenfield Order of Druids held in the Horse and Jockey Inn on the 9th October 1869