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Recollections of a Moorland Lad

Withnell Moor in Lancashire appears a lonely wilderness today, to be enjoyed by walkers and wildlife. But only 120 years ago, it was a thriving community and where today piles of moss-covered stones scatter the land, there once stood farms and cottages, green pastures and meadows, all thronging with families who lived, worked and played there.

Botany Bay Farm once stood where the tree on the jacket of this book now marks the spot, and here lived the author of this book, stonemason Richard Robinson (1883-1963) one of a large family, and this is his account of his life and times on the moor. He writes of his schooling, his childhood games, his first incredulous visit to Blackburn. He recalls the mills and the millworkers, the local customs and trades, and the characters and travelling salesmen who worked on the moors.

Richard Robinson began work at Marriage & Pinnocks Mill, Withnell, at the age of 11, before becoming a local stonemason. A keen amateur historian, his unique first-hand account of a moorland life now gone forever, is a remarkable and important insight into a lost era.

Author: Richard Robinson
ISBN: 978 1 910723 23 4
Published: September 2016
Format: 216 x 138 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 128
75 black & white photographs
Price: £12.00

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