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Rossendale Branch Newsletter July 2012

Programme: 2012

Wednesday 4th July

Newchurch in Pendle People

a talk by Brenda Hustler

Wednesday 1st August

Research evening

Wednesday 1st September

Out Visit to

The Straits, Oswaldtwistle

Wednesday October 3rd

Members 10 minute talks

Research and Advice Sessions at Haslingden Library every Monday 5.30 – 8.30 pm
Note: the doors to Haslingden Library close at 7.30 pm.

and at Rawtenstall Library every Tuesday 1.30 – 3.30 pm

We may be able to do simple look-ups for distant members. When contacting us with an enquiry, please include your membership number

The LFHHS Resource Centre.

The Society’s Resource and Research Centre at 2 Straits, Oswaldtwistle, BB5 3LU is open every Thursday from 1.00pm – 5.00pm and 1st Saturday of each month 1.00pm..

Coming Events

Saturday 4th August 201
28th Annual Celebration of Local History

Astley Hall and Astley Coach House, Chorley PR7 1XA. The day will include talks with a family history focus Admission to the Celebration and car parking are both free of charge.
For further details tel 077 30 793 990 or see www.lfhhschorleybranch.com

Thursday 4th October 2012
Heraldic Study Day

Hemsley House, Masonic Hall, The Crescent, Salford, M5 4PE (opposite Salford University and Art Gallery) 10.00am – 4.00pm. £15.50 Application form and programme are in your May Journal. Completed forms to be sent with cheque before 22nd September 2012 to A.D> Walkden, HonFHS, 2 Butterlands, Preston. PR1 5TJ.

Sunday 30th September 2012
LFHHS Annual Dinner

hosted this year by the Preston Branch at Alston Hall, Longridge, Preston PR3 3BP 12.30 for 1.00pm. £17.50 per head. Booking form and menu etc. are given in your May “Lancashire” journal. The speaker is Dr. Alan Crosby, the renowned Preston historian. Limited availability so please book early.

Additions to LancashireBMD
Added 4th June 1,107 Marriages for Hyndburn and Rossendale Registration District comprising: Rawtenstall, St Mary (1950-1995); Bacup, St Saviours (1946-2007); Haslingden Grane, St Stephen (1983-1988)

Research Copies for Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates for Genealogical Research Purposes

The above epetition has appeared on the Government's website. The idea is to have uncertified copies of certificates for family history research, which have no legal authority, similar to they do in the Republic of Ireland. These could be obtained at a much lower fee, the price of £2 per certificate is suggested. If you want cheaper certificates then sign the petition. Don't delay as the petition closes on 12th Aug 2012.

Rossendale (and Rochdale) Dialect Words and Phrases
(Continued from last Month’s newsletter)

Some differences between the pronunciation Rochdale and Rossendale dialect words as perceived by Henry Cunliffe in 1886.

Rossendale Rochdale  
Abaat  Abeaut  About
Baance  Beance Bounce
Caansel  Keaunsel  Counsel
Daan  Deaun  Down
Faal  Feau  Unsightly
Fire-Potter  Fire-Pot  Fire Poker
Flaar  Fleur  Flour
Haand  Heaund  Hound
Itaa  Iteau  In two
Laad  Leaud Loud
Maald  Meaud  Mould
Naa  Neau  Now
Nobbud  Nobbut  None but Only
Pool  Poo  Pull
Powl  Poul  To cut the hair
Raand  Reand  Round
Reek  Reech  Smoke
Shool  Schoo  Shovel
Sithi  Sitho  See Thou
Slaam  Sleum  Slumber
Straange  Steaunge A sharp pain 
Thaam Theaum  Thumb
Thible  Slice  A stick for stirring porridge.

Rossendale Dialect Words- Another List.

This second list is abstracted from a work first published in 1917 by George Nightingale. He compiled it to get funds for the Rossendale Comforts Fund, designed to alleviate the suffering of local soldiers. He says that in the early days of 1860, he had a workmate, considerably over 70 years of age. From him and his wife he learned much of the dialect as spoken in the latter half of the eighteenth century.

From Mr. Nightingale’s dictionary, I have chosen a selection of words which mean something to me.

AGATE Having begun, to gangagate – to get going.
ASTA Have you.
AWHOM At home.
BACK END Late Autumn.
BADGE Credit dealing in a small way, usually at the grocer’s
BAG To be discharged from work , the sack.
BEESUM A mother’s corrective term to her child. “Thow little beesum”.
BIB-UN-TUCKER Best Clothes.
BOBBY DAZZLER A fine handsome woman
BONK A hilly bank.
CANKERT A Cross ill tempered fellow.
CHANCE CHILD An illegitimate child.
CHURCH WARDEN A long clay tobacco pipe.
COB A large lump of coal.
COD To make believe.
COP You will get thrashed.
CRAMMED Bad tempered.
CRIB To steal.
DELF The local stone quarry.
DIN Make a loud noise.
DIVVY Dividend. To share in the profits.
DOLLY A domestic utensil for washing cloths.
DUFFER A stupid inferior workman.
FEEART Afraid.
GAWMLESS A lack of wit.
GAWPIN Staring vacantly about.
GINNELL A narrow passage between a row of houses.
GOB The human mouth
GRADLEY Properly
GUMPTION Common sense
HEIGH-LADS-HEIGH A critical moment. If all else fails.
HOO She, her “where is hoo?”
IRON BILLIES Clogs shod with iron round the sole and heels
JIFFY The shortest lapse of time.
JIGGERED Tired out
LANT Stale urine
LAYROCKS Skylarks.
LAZYBETTY Scrubbing stone used on flags and door steps.
LEIFER Rather do.
LODGE A mill dam
LUG To have ones hair pulled. especially a birthday ritual.
MAIDEN A clothes horse.
MAZY A dizzy feeling
MIDDEN A receptacle for ashes and household refuse.
MIOTHERIN Bothering, Pestering
NARKEY Unpleasant, difficult to get along with
NAZE The end or edge of a hill.
NIPPER Small child
NOGGIN A quarter of a pint
OOLLY Woolly, kind, soft to touch.
OVERFACED To be served with too much food.
OWD THI DIN Stop tha noise
PARKIN A cake made with oatmeal and treacle
PEPPER Turning the skipping rope, faster and faster
POMFRET CAKES A cake of liquorice
POP SHOP Pawn shop
POWFAGGED Tired , fed up with a task.
QUEER To fall ill
RIGGIN The ridge of the roof.
RUCTIONS An uproar, a quarrel.
SCOTCHED To be defeated, mentally and physically.
SEN Self “Mi sen” My self.
SIDE to take away, to clear away. “Side the table”
SKEN To squint
SNECK The piece which lifts the latch on the door handle.
SNIG An eel.
STINGY Selfish, greedy
SWEAL To set on fire the heather or furze on a hill
UM Them those these.
WACKER Large, very big, hard knock