On Sunday week thousands of people assembled in Risley and Croft to witness a military funeral in the graveyard attached to the local Unitarian Chapel. The people had come from many miles around, scores on bicycles and motor cycles, others in motor car, carriages, cabs and wagonettes, to say nothing of hundreds of pedestrians from Glazebury and the surrounding districts. The fallen soldier - Rifleman Harold Houghton came of a well-known Risley family, Mr. and Mrs. Houghton, the parents, having for a number of years kept the Noggin Inn. Mr. Houghton, the father, like his father before him, was an ironworker, who used to walk daily some five miles to work at the Vulcan Works, Earlestown. Mr. Houghton had a family of eight boys and girls.
ENLISTED WITH A BROTHER.
After the war broke out, two of the boys, Harold, who was 24 years of age, and Fred, who is 15 years old, and who were both mechanics, determined to do what they could to help their country, so enlisted seven months ago, in the 2nd Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, and in due course, after receiving training, were drafted away to France together, and ultimately fought together in the same trench, in the historic battle of Neuve Chapelle. All went well with them until a week ago last Thursday, March 18th, when Rifleman Harold was shot in the head and his skull fractured. His brother assisted in his removal from the trench.
SHOT IN THE HEAD IN A BAYONET CHARGE.
He received his hurt when taking part in a bayonet charge levelled at the German advance trenches. After being taken to hospital he was sent to England, arriving in Norwich Military Hospital on Friday night, March 19th. He never complained of pain, and had nothing but praise to utter concerning the hospital arrangements He said that nothing more could be done for him than was actually done. It was apparent, however, that he was dangerously hurt. Since their sons enlisted Mr. and Mrs. Houghton had removed to Rochdale. Mrs. Houghton, on hearing of her son's misfortune, went to the hospital at Norwich to visit him, and remained at his bedside until death took place on Wednesday, March 24th.
WELL-KNOWN LOCAL FOOTBALLER.
Rifleman Harold Houghton was an Oddfellow. The members of the lodge to which he belonged held their meetings at the Noggin Inn. He was also a footballer, and played in the Leigh and District Sunday Schools League, and more recently in the Warrington and District League. He was also a popular member of the Risley Institute.
The body was removed from Norwich on Thursday, and arrived at the house of his eldest brother. Herbert, at Risley, on Friday. Mr. James Henshaw, a local undertaker, carried out the funeral arrangements. The gallant Rifleman was buried with military honours.
AN IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL.
The military authorities sent a detachment of nine soldiers belonging to the 6th Manchester Regiment, now stationed at the Leigh Camp, acting a guard over the prisoners of war interned there, and also twelve men and two non-commissioned officers of another regiment to make up a firing party. A bugler and a drummer were also in attendance.
The funeral cortege, which formed up shortly after three o'clock, reached the burial ground about 4:30, and was headed by the Glazebury Brass Band, who played funeral music en route. Beside the family mourners, the members of the Oddfellows Lodge to which the deceased belonged, and many old friends followed the remains to the grave. The coffin was met at the chapel by the Rev. J. J. Wright, of Atherton. The service in the chapel began with the singing of the hymn " Oh, God, our help in ages past."
After reading the Unitarian funeral service - for the deceased and all the members of his family were members of this denomination – the Rev. Wright said that 'courage' and 'comfort' were the two passwords for them that day. Comrades and relatives, to whom the deceased was most dear, had gathered together to perform the last offices to one they know and loved.
As a boy, Harold Houghton was a prize taker in the Sunday school and a regular attendant at the chapel. When the call came for young men to serve their country he and his brother heard it, and obeyed, and they were fighting together in the same trench when the first notes of a still higher call reached the ears of him whose loss they, that day, deplored. He had passed from them, but they believed that all was well with him-he had gone to receive the Great Prize, the reward for duty faithfully done. Those who remained behind prized the honour of having known him; of having been acquainted with one who had made the greatest sacrifice that a man could make for his country. As he lay dying, he said to his mother "I am not afraid!" He had done his duty and he had no fear of the hereafter, and be now lived with God.
CLOSING SCENES AT THE GRAVESIDE.
As the coffin was being removed from the chapel to its last resting place, Mr. T. Whittle played the voluntary " For ever with the Lord." Three volleys were fired over the grave, and the buglers sounded "The Last Post" after which the band played "The Penticost." Some beautiful floral tributes were placed on the coffin, which was covered with the Union Jack for a pall. The breastplate bore the simple inscription: "Rifleman Harold Houghton. aged 24; 2nd Battalion Rifle Brigade."
Floral tributes were sent by: The Father, Mother and family, the wreath bearing the inscription "He died a hero”, Sister Jane, Jim and Dick, his brother Tom, the Risley Institute Football Club, His fellow workers, A few friends at the Horseshoe, Mr. and Mrs. Collier and family, Herbert and Lizzie, the members of the Risley Institute and the Risley Ladies' Sewing Class and Vulcan Foundry.
Many thanks to Rita Pilling for the picture and information on Harold.
Orford House, probably taken between 1900 and 1910.
Friday 27th July 1906 Wigan Observer and District Advertiser
BY ORDER OF TRUSTEES. CROFT, NEAR WARRINGTON. VALUABLE FREEHOLD RESIDENCE & GARDENS DETACHED DWELLING-HOUSE, AND AGRICULTURAL & BUILDING LAND FOR SALE.
MR. GEORGE WILCOCK will SELL BY AUCTION at the KENYON JUNCTION HOTEL, KENYON JUNCTION, on Wednesday, the 1st August, 1906, at 5 for 6pm., subject to the general and special conditions to be then and there produced: -
LOT 1. – All that Detached RESIDENCE, situate in Lady Lane, croft, near Warrington, called ‘Orford House’, with the Outbuildings, Gardens, and Five Fields adjoining thereto. This Lot has a frontage to Lady Lane of about 196 yards, and an area of about 13a.3r.2p. statute measure. Orford House is substantially built, and contains entrance hall, two entertaining rooms, kitchen, pantry, scullery, larder and wash-house, five bedrooms and bathroom, and a small conservatory and potting house. The Outbuildings consist of brick-built and slated barn, shippon, fodder bing, two-stall stable, all with hay lofts over; granary, coach house, card shed and fowl house, with store rooms over hay and implement shed and piggeries, all in good repair. There are three large Cisterns for storing rain water, and the house is supplied from the Corporation mains. The pleasure grounds are planted with well grown and ornamental trees and shrubs. There are also an orchard, kitchen garden, and plantations, all walled or fenced in. Vacant possession of the house and gardens, but not of the fields and farm buildings, can be given on completion.
Orford House Sale in 2016
Orford House, taken in 2022
Orford House is an amazing Victorian detached family home with five bedrooms offering for sale a wealth of character with original features retained.
This is a stunning property has high ceilings, cast iron open fires and original tiled floors. The rooms are spacious and offer hallway to the main lounge and leading to separate sunny conservatory. Formal dining area, morning room with open fire and access to the kitchen, downstairs four-piece shower room, a useful utility room and a pantry. To the first floor there are five double bedrooms and a generous size bathroom.
The property is private and stands on a fantastic plot hidden off the main road which gives you the feeling of tranquillity. There is a driveway approach leading to a detached double garage. Ornamental pond and enclosed boundaries. Laid to lawn with an extensive range of plants, flowers and shrub borders.
Dorset County Express and Agricultural Gazette Tuesday 18th May 1875 EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF A WOMAN
The Warrington Guardian reports that a woman, named Elizabeth Taylor, appeared before the Warrington magistrates on Friday on a charge of being drunk and disorderly. She appeared in the dock in male attire, and the Chief Constable, in relating to her antecedents, stated that she was the daughter of a gentleman who formerly lived at Penketh, near Warrington. She had been married, but her husband was killed 21 years ago. She commenced to wear male attire 13 years ago. She was employed as a sailor during the American war, and made several trips from South Wales to the American coast in vessels sent out to supply the Alabama and blockade runners with coal. She was known by the names of ‘Happy Ned’ and ‘Navvy Ned’. For some time past she had worked as a labourer on several farms in the neighbourhood of Warrington, and had so late as the 12th inst. Helped to kill 13 pigs for a farmer at Croft. Her sex was not suspected until she was arrested. The prisoner was fined 5s. and costs.
Widnes Examiner Saturday 15th May 1880 Birth Announcement
On the 9th instant, at Croft Brewery, Croft near Warrington, the wife of Mr. Reginald Owen, of a son.
Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser Friday 1st February 1884 On Sale, A BAGATELLE TABLE 13ft by 4ft. 6in., with balls and cues complete, in excellent condition. Apply to Mr. Isaac Maines, Horse Shoe Inn, Croft, Warrington.
Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser Friday 22nd January 1892 LOST AND FOUND
LOST, at Tyldesley, on Saturday, the 16th Inst, a BLACK RETRIEVER DOG, with white spot on breast – Anyone taking same to Mr. Yates, Pork Butcher, Leigh, will be rewarded. FOUND, BLACK RETRIEVER BITCH. If not claimed in three days will be sold. – Apply 84 Wigan Road, Westleigh.
Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser Friday 6th May 1892
TWO-HEADED CALF! EXTRAORDINARY FREAK OF NATURE! TO BE SEEN AT THE JOINER’S ARMS HOTEL, CROFT, NEAR WARRINGTON. S. DAXON, Proprietor.
THE CROFT BREACH OF PROMISE - SEQUEL IN THE COUNTY COURT
About twelve months ago a widow named clough recovered £50 damages at Liverpool against an elderly man named Southern, residing at Croft, near Warrington, for breach of promise of marriage. The damages were paid, but Southern refused to pay the costs, and a claim against him for payment of these costs was heard at the Warrington County Court yesterday.
Southern pleaded want of means, as he only earned a few shillings a week, being incapacitated by chronic rheumatism. He denied being the owner of several valuable properties, but admitted to having had property which was mortgaged.
The Judge had to caution Southern as to his conduct in the court towards Mrs. Clough while she was giving her evidence, and told him that unless he behaved himself he would be committed to prison. Judgement was given for the amount claimed, or in default thirty-six days imprisonment.
Southern said he would go to prison.
Liverpool Echo Wednesday 16th April 1884
A WARRINGTON GUARDIAN IN COURT - (SPECIAL TELEGRAM.)
Mr. Reginald Owen, an old member of the Warrington Board of Guardians, was charged at the Warrington County Sessions, to-day, with assaulting Mr. Samuel Thomason, a farmer at Croft; and there was a cross-summons in the case. The quarrel took place in the General Elliott public-house. Owen was bound over in a £20 surety to keep the peace for six months. No order was made as to costs.
24th March 1838 ATTEMPT OF A SON TO DROWN HIS FATHER
J. Pridmore was charged with having maliciously attempted to drown John Pridmore, his father at the parish of Winwick.
J. Pridmore, father of the prisoner- I live at Winwick; my son came home at ten at night and asked for his supper; my wife said, "There was the same for him as there was for his father, some tea and some bread:" he said "He would not be put off so:" he threw the teapot out of doors, and turned his mother out, and said "She might go where she went on Monday night:" He had turned us both out on Monday: he said "He wished God might perish him if they were not two dead ones before morning:" He pulled me out of bed and dragged me to the pond; I said, "My dear son, spare my life this night!" When I was turned out on Monday I slept on some straw we had to top a hay-rick; my wife was with me; When I asked him to spare my life he said, "No, d_n you will I;" he put me into the pond headfirst; he caught hold of my ancles, and tipped me quite over into it; my wife gave the alarm;
I crawled out; I got over a hedge and went into the town; almost all the people were in bed; I got to a public house and stopped their all night.
Sophia Pridmore, mother of the prisoner, corroborated her husband's statement, except that she described his language as more vile, and especially the expression of prisoner, that "He hoped God might perish him if they were not both corpses before morning"
She heard him dragging his father to the pond:
I heard prisoner plunge him in, he said to his father, "D_n you, i'll throw you in headfirst, that you drown the quicker!" Then I called Thomas Gear; he came down in his shirt; I said, "For God's sake come down, for my husband is in the pond!" I went into Gear's house; my son came and knocked me down, and said "D_n your eyes, i'll soon stop your noise" He dragged me into the street, and knocked me down twice; I called out "Murder!" he put his hands on my mouth. He locked me in the house and said "I'll go and see if the old devil is drowned - if not he soon shall be - I've given him a good ducking”
I shot the bolt and got out, and went to Mr. Jellis's cart hovel. Prisoner came there and said, "Hallos, have you made your escape? D_n you- if not, I'll soon make the place too hot"
An example of a cart hovel, an open shed for livestock and carts.
Image by Michael Trolove.
I put my apron in my mouth, so that he should not hear me fetch my breath. I got into the waggon. He hunted about the hovel but did not find me. I walked about all night.
Thomas Gear was in bed on the 26th of last July;
Mrs. Pridmore called me up; I went down and put on my shoes; I went to the pond; I met John Pridmore, the prisoner; he said "hello, who comes here, I'll put them in the pond" I said "What me, will you put me in?" he said "yes, I will" I said "Then if that's it, I’ll turn and go to bed again" I was afraid of him. He followed me home.
Mrs Pridmore had the candle and lantern in her hand; he dragged her down; she holloed "murder" three times. I heard the water plunge; it was so dark I could not see.
Prisoner described the case as a friendly ducking and said that he was in beer. Gear was re-called and stated in answer to the learned Judge that prisoner was of right mind; he was a married man but had sold his wife.
The learned Judge commented on the peculiarly horrible crime they were bound to decide upon and regretted they had not the consolation of believing the prisoner insane.
The jury immediately found the prisoner Guilty- Death recorded.
SAD OCCURRENCE: DASTARDLY CONDUCT OF A MARRIED MAN
A most painful event occurred at Newton on Monday last, casting a gloom over the whole neighbourhood.
This was the suicide by drowning of a most respectable young woman, named Elizabeth Gleave, aged only 18, domestic servant of Mr. Barclay, one of the overseers at McCorquodale’s printing works. It appears that she and a young man names Michael Ward have been courting, but for some reason or other he refused to go out with her last Sunday. An acquaintance of Michael Ward, a married man named John Jones, who was aware that there was some little lover’s quarrel between the young folks, went and told Lizzie that he knew why Michael would not take her out, and if she would go with him, he would show her the reason for it.
Either by direct expression or by inuendoes, he led the young woman to believe that Michael was walking out with another girl, and if she would go with him, he would take her where she could have ocular demonstration of her lover’s supposed delinquency. Lizzie took Jones at his word and went out with him. Jones took her round by Hermitage Green to Winwick, where he persuaded her to enter the Swan Inn and have some drink, which took such effect upon her as to render her partially insensible.
He then took her in the direction of Newton, but what took place on the road no one can tell. Certain it is that the poor girl was exceedingly ill and sick. Her belief that her lover was untrue to her, and the shame to which she had been brought by Jones, prayed so much on the poor girl’s mind, that after writing two letters of farewell – one to her lover Michael Ward, and the other to her young mistress, Miss Barclay – she committed suicide by throwing herself into the ornamental lake at Newton, on Monday.
Miss Barclay, entering the house after the unfortunate young woman had left, found the letters, and seeing one directed to herself, she opened it, and discovered that poor Lizzie, whom they had looked upon as almost one of their own, had destroyed herself.
Lizzie had indicated in her letter to Miss Barclay the spot where she intended throwing herself into the lake, and upon Miss Barclay immediately putting herself in communication with the police, the lake was dragged, and the body found at the exact place mentioned by the unfortunate girl.
The inquest was held yesterday before C. E. Driffield, Esq., at the Blue Lion, Newton, when the above facts were given in evidence. The jury returned a verdict of ‘Suicide while in a state of temporary insanity.’
The coroner praised Michael Ward, the lover, for the honest and straightford manner in which he had given evidence; but administered a severe censure upon John Jones, the married man, for the manner in which he behaved to the girl. The following is the unfortunate girls farewell to her lover: -
Newton, May 2, 1870 My dear Michael, When you get this I shall be no more. You may guess the cause of my death. I never thought when we first met what would be the result of it. I suppose you know all about Sunday night. I only wish I had known before, it might have saved me; but now, as it is not what I hoped for, it is no use living. You have my heart; and oh, that I might have had yours, Oh, that we had never met, for to part is death to me. I did not think that you would prove so false to me as it seems you have done. You ought never to have thought of me when you had another – whom, I hope, you will not forsake, but will make your wife. Mend your ways, dear Michael, and give one thought to me, whose heart you have broken. Our acquaintance was not long, and I will now say farewell.
Yours ever, LIZZIE GLEAVE
Lizzie lived on Church Street in Newton with her Grandparents, James and Betty Gleave, her mother Mary Gleave and her Uncle, Abraham Gleave. This information is from the 1861 Census, the only one she would appear on. She was buried on 6th May 1870, aged just 18.
Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser Friday 18th February 1910
INQUEST AT CROFT
Mr. F. H. Jones, deputy coroner, held an inquest on Friday afternoon, at the Plough Inn, regarding the death of Edward Monoghan, of Heath Lane, Croft, whose body was found on Thursday morning in a pit on the farm occupied by Mr. James Thomason, Heath Lane.
Mr. Cawthorne was appointed foreman of the jury.
The first witness called was Jane Monoghan, widow of the deceased, who deposed that her husband was 40 years of age, and was a coachman in the employ of Mr. E. W. Sankey, Heath Farm.
EDWARD MONOGHAN, Coachman of Croft
The deceased had been in bad health for some time and had been medically attended by Dr. Sephton. He had been off his work from the 4th January till a few days ago. He had been very much troubled with pains in the head, and had remarked that if they did get better he would make an end of himself, but she did not think he was in earnest when he said that. She last saw him alive on Thursday morning, when he left to go to his work.
John Ingham, employed by Mr. J. Thomason, farmer, said about eight o’clock on Thursday morning he saw the body lying face downwards in a pit close to the farm buildings. He informed his master. F. C. Butler, who was sent for, was quickly on the spot, and the body was at once recovered, but life was found to be extinct.
The jury returned a verdict of ‘Suicide while in an unsound state of mind.’ The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon at St. Lewis R.C Church. In addition to the relatives etc., the fellow workmen of the deceased employed by Mr. E. W. Sankey preceded the body to the churchyard, and after the funeral ceremony placed upon the grave a costly artificial wreath bearing the following inscription: “A token of respect from his employer and fellow workmen at Heath Farm, Croft.” Mrs. Monoghan is left with seven young children.
A sad story indeed. I visited St. Lewis Church to photograph the grave but I was unable to locate it. Sadly, as with all older graves, there are some which are sunken and/or have fallen.
THE INSPECTOR’S REPORT Mr. Rawling, the Sanitary Inspector, presented his monthly report, from which it appeared that the water supply of Croft was chiefly obtained from draw wells, some of which were of a fair depth, and contained a good supply; while others were badly constructed, and not of much depth. Some were situate near cesspools, or sink ditches, but in most cases they were at a good distance away. Many cottages were entirely without drinking water except what they begged from their neighbours, and in one or two instances they obtained their supply from the brook. There was no proper system of drainage in the township, and the privy accommodation was generally of a very inferior class. He recommended the building of proper ashpits three feet above ground, and in all cases where closets and cesspools were against house walls their removal to a more suitable situation. He also recommended that a sewer should be laid in Croft to carry off the refuse water which was now turned into an open ditch.
The CHAIRMAN said he thought they should not commence making sewers in any township until they had decided upon some comprehensive scheme which appeared to be looming in the distance. Mr. WOODS was of opinion that a main sewer, with a proper outfall, should be constructed in Croft. Dr. SEPHTON considered that they should wait a little time before they did anything with respect to the open ditch at Croft because he had suggested to Mr. Owen the desirability of deodorising the refuse turned into it. It was decided to act upon the suggestion of the Medical Officer of Health.
The report of Dr. Sephton stated that during the past month his work had been confined to Croft, which had hitherto been the most unhealthy township in his district. Finding that properly conducted cesspools and manure tanks were mostly needed, he recommended the committee to insist on all cesspools being made of bricks set in Slias lime, or cement, raised at least three feet above the ground, well coated with tar, and well drained.
Leigh Journal and Times Saturday 14th July 1877
A REMARKABLE RAT A few days ago, during the night time, a female rat of extraordinary size, stole four fine chickens from the poultry yard of Mr. Thos. Brideoake, farmer, Croft. The same animal a day or so afterwards succeeded in killing and carrying off a full-grown duck. Emboldened by previous successes, she commenced the daring feat of stealing a number of eggs in course of incubation, and, despite the active opposition of the hen, the rat secured several of the eggs. Mr. Brideoake obtained a ferret, and after some difficulty the precocious and voracious animal was killed.
Warrington Examiner Saturday 22nd August 1874
THE NEW FACTORY ACT On the 1st January next the new Act, passed in the late session, to improve the health of children, young persons, and women, employed in factories, and for the education of such children, will come into force. By this Act during next year no child is to be employed under nine, and after that year under ten, except where he was lawfully employed before that period. There are special regulations as to the employment and refreshment of children, young persons and women in factories between 8a.m. and 6p.m., but no employment is to be beyond four hours and a-half continuously without a meal, nor any employment after two on Saturday. The hours of meals are to be simultaneously for children, and employment during meal time is forbidden. Until the 1st January, 1876, employment for the recovery of lost time is to be permitted, until which time a person of 13 and under 14 is to be deemed a child unless an educational certificate be obtained. After the 1st January, 1876, children must attend efficient schools.
THE SPORTS AND GALA – The first annual athletic sports and gala were held in a field kindly lent by Mrs. Weir, of Cockshot Farm. The committee for carrying out the arrangements consisted of Messrs. E. Barnham and G. and T. Houghton, Mr. W. F. Pennington being the secretary. The entries for various events numbered upwards of 70. The handicapping was done by the committee, Mr. C. Allen was the starter and Mr. E. Barnham was the judge. Despite the unfavourable weather, there was a fair attendance, and considering the wet state of the ground some good racing took place. CHILDREN’S TREAT – This popular annual treat, took place on Saturday, under very unfavourable circumstances with regard to the weather. The committee this year consisted of Messrs. H. Hankinson, J. Hatton, R. Sanderson, W. Sanderson, and H. Shaw, Mr. S. Stretch being the hon. Treasurer, and Mr. S. Taylor the hon. Secretary, whose arrangements gave every satisfaction.
Generally all the children in the parish from three to 15 years of age receive tickets free, all above that age paying 6d. each for their tea. The children assembled at the board school at one o’clock in the afternoon, and at two they formed a procession, and, headed by a banner and the Leigh Volunteer Band, they paraded the village under the superintendence of the committee and officers, and Mr. Cawthorne (the schoolmaster), Mrs. Savage (infants mistress), and Miss Stretch (assistant teacher), the route taken being from the school up Heath Lane as far as the Plough Inn, and back again past the school to the Smithy-brow, and thence to the school again. Upwards of 200 children and young people were in the procession and their neat and clean appearance was much commented upon by a large number of persons on the route. At four o’clock they sat down to an excellent tea in the schoolroom. After tea, an adjournment was made to a field, kindly lent by Mr. E. W. Sankey, of Heath Farm, one of the members of the school board, where one or two races and various games took place, and the band played an excellent selection of music for dancing until nearly dusk, under the conductorship of Mr. Charles Wood.
Friday 21st October 1887 Leigh Chronicle & Weekly District Advertiser
FOOTBALL MATCH AT CROFT It having been proposed to form a football club at the above place, the members of the Earlestown Wanderers (Association) Football Club, visited the village on Saturday afternoon last, and played what may be termed an exhibition game, in a field kindly lent for the occasion by Mr. E. W. Sankey, but owing to a strong cold north wind very few spectators were present. The teams, which were arranged out of the first and second teams of the club, were styled Mr. G. Clough’s team, v. Mr. T. Goulding’s team. The game lasted about an hour and a half, and at the close Goulding’s team had scored four goals to Clough’s team two. The game was not very exciting, though some good playing was shown during the game. Messrs. F. Waterman and A. Limmon were the umpires, and J. Waterman the referee. At the close the players adjourned to the General Elliot Hotel, where a dinner was provided, after which they enjoyed themselves with singing and dancing until about ten o’clock, when they returned home, after having thanked Mr. Sankey for the use of the filed, and Mr. and Mrs. Owen, the host and hostess, for the excellent manner in which they had provided the dinner.
Saturday 1st November 1906 Warrington Examiner
CROFT ATHLETIC SPORTS The annual athletic sports in connection with the Croft Horticultural Society were held on Saturday. There was a large crowd of spectators, and the racing generally was of a high order. The arrangements were admirably carried out by the following: - Judges Messrs. H. Shaw, R. Hodkinson and T. Abbey; starter Mr. Joe Briscoe; handicappers, the Sports Committee; stewards Messrs. C Allen, J. Lodge, R. Ingham, J. Maines, Isaac Maines and J. Singleton; hon. Secretary Mr. S. Taylor; general secretary Mr. James Cawthorne.
The following were the results: -
110 Yards Boys Race – 1 - H. Robinson, Leigh 2 – A. Logan, Beswick 3 – J. Waterworth, Warrington 110 Yards Flat Race – 1 - J. Barber, Beswick 2 – J. Oakes, Warrington 3 – J. Bramhall, Cadishead Mile Bicycle Race – 1 - S. Spybey, Helsby 2 – H. Scott, Tarporley 3 – J. Ashley, Moulton Half-mile Bicycle Race – 1 – R.E. Parkes, Liverpool 2 – S. Spybey, Helsby 3 – J. Ashley, Moulton 220 Yards Flat Race – 1 – G. Forber, Bold 2 – W. Peel, Twiss Green 3 – J. Oakes, Warrington One Mile Flat Race – 1 – J. Robin, Lymm 2 – S. Green, Warrington 3 – A. Davies, Cadishead
To Brewers, Capitalists and others. Valuable FREEHOLD HOTEL and Pleasure Grounds at Croft near WARRINGTON. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION BY MR. THOMAS SUTTON at the LION HOTEL, WARRINGTON, on TUESDAY, 13TH SEPTEMBER 1892, at 3 for 4 o’clock p.m. precisely, subject to conditions to be then produced –
All that Freehold, Old-established, and Fully-licensed HOTEL, known as the GENERALELLIOT, situate in the centre of the well-known village of Croft, near Warrington, and distant from that town about five miles, and lying at a convenient distance from the neighbouring towns of St. Helens, Wigan, Bolton, Manchester, Leigh, and the thickly populated districts surrounding the same.
The house comprises bar, four public rooms, assembly room, large pavilion, capable of dining 300 persons, and nine bedrooms, with good cellarage, store-room, and out-offices, all being well adapted for carrying on an extensive hotel, restaurant and catering business. The grounds comprise large enclosed bowling green in excellent condition, commodious outside bar, ornamental pleasure gardens, tastefully laid out with trees, plants, and shrubs, with artificially heated monkey house and aviary, fox-house, stabling for 12 horses, cottage, warehouse, and others, the whole covering a considerable area.
The above affords an opportunity seldom to be met with to purchase a well-established pleasure resort of a most successful and remunerative character, and which could readily be further developed to an almost unlimited extent. The Hotel, where there is every accommodation for visitors, is easily accessible by road and rail from the above-mentioned and other important manufacturing towns in Lancashire and Cheshire, and the various attractions and amusements afforded by this pleasant resort draw together large concourses of pleasure-seekers, particularly during the summer months.
For further particulars apply to the owner, E. W. SANKEY Esq., Croft: the auctioneer, Warrington 1 or to Messrs. ROBERT DAVIES, KIRKCONNEL, DAVIES AND BURGESS Solicitors, Warrington.
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The General Elliot is an attractive 2-storey, double-fronted property with single-storey extensions to the rear including an attractive conservatory. Situated in the suburban village of Croft approximately 4 miles north of Warrington town centre and just north of the M6/M62 interchange equidistant between Liverpool and Manchester. The property is situated in the heart of this attractive village with a mix of 18th-century cottages and more modern housing nearby most of which are relatively high value.
The premises comprise several clearly defined trading areas including a conservatory, rear dining/function room, split-level bar with dining in the lower level and two additional split-level snugs. The property has a light and airy contemporary feel and will comfortably seat 100 covers internally with an additional capacity of circa 80 covers seated in the lawned garden area or on the rear patio with views across the Cheshire countryside. Additionally, there is a detached two-storey property within the demise previously operated as a general store with the car park to the rear accommodating 50+ vehicles. The private accommodation consists of three bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, WC, bathroom, utility room and office.
The property trades predominantly as a food-led destination site with much of the impetus being on delivering quality, home-cooked food reflected in the excellent trip advisor reviews and the reputation locally. This is not to detract from the position of the site in the community, ensuring that it benefits from significant wet-only trade encouraged by the quality product range including the capacity to have 4 cask products available. The current menu is positioned such that starters are priced generally between £5-£8 with main courses starting at circa £10 up to £20 with a lunchtime offer available.
Two images of the General Elliot, old and new, blended together.
The subject of this week’s Croft in the News is Crime and Punishment. All articles are from the Warrington Guardian. There are some to make you smile, but also some that will make you truly grateful we live in our modern world.
Saturday 15th July 1865 Kirkdale Quarter Sessions
Caroline Leigh pleaded guilty to stealing a pair of boots, the property of Elizabeth Brimelow, at Warrington, on the 15th of May. She was ordered to be imprisoned for a month, and afterwards sent to a reformatory for five years. William Brown, 18 years of age, was charged with having, at Warrington, stolen six pigeons, the property of Joseph Wareham and sent to gaol for six months. Margaret Maloney pleaded guilty to a charge of having, at Ashton, on the 24th ult., unlawfully wounded William Crook, and was sent to gaol for three months. Peter Donaghan pleaded guilty to having stolen thirteen pigeons, the property of William Anderton, at Golborne, on the 5th ult., and was ordered to be imprisoned for three months.
County Petty Sessions
Nugent Fairhurst, labourer, was fined 5s and 11s costs for being drunk and disorderly in Mill House Lane, Croft, on Sunday 18th June. John Yates, Labourer, for being drunk and disorderly in Croft village, on Sunday, 18th June, was fined 5s and costs. Thomas Stringer, for a similar offence in Croft, on Sunday 18th June was fined 5s and costs. James Webb was ordered to pay costs for having been asleep whilst in charge of a horse and cart on the highroad at Hollins Green on the 17th June. James Swindle was fined 2s 6d and costs for a similar offence at Glazebrook, on the 19th June. Robert Leigh was ordered to pay costs for being at a distance of 100 yards from his horse and cart, at Penketh, on the 13th June.
Saturday 24th January 1903 County Petty Sessions
John Gilfedder, Little Tower, croft, pleaded guilty to having been drunk and refusing to quit the Joiner’s Arms, Croft, on January 17th. The licensee, Mrs. Jackson, stated that she had to call in the police and the defendant had to be forcibly ejected. Gilfedder was so rough outside that he had to be locked up, and he was bailed out the following day. The Chairman said the Bench wished to protect the publicans, and defendant would be fined 10s and costs. John Curley, of Burtonwood, was fined 2s 6d and costs for having been drunk on the 17th January. This was his 30th appearance.
Saturday 20th December 1873 County Petty Sessions
James Yates, of Croft, was charged with riding on his cart asleep, at Rixton, on the 26th ult., P.O. Turner said he was on duty at Hollins Green, when he saw a horse and cart on the highway, apparently with no one in charge. He found defendant lying asleep at the bottom of his cart, and it was with great difficulty he succeeded in waking him. Fined 1s and costs. John Hurst, an old man, 64 years of age, living at Croft, was charged with having, on the 7th December, attempted to commit suicide at Croft, by hanging himself. Superintendent Jackson said prisoner was a farmer living at croft. On Sunday morning, the 7th inst., prisoner’s son missed his father from the shippon, where he should have been engaged in milking. After having made a search for him, he succeeded in finding his father suspended by a rope from the neck. He was cut down, a doctor sent for, and prisoner’s life was saved. Had he not been immediately cut down after he was discovered, it would have been impossible to have saved his life. Prisoner now acknowledged the offence, but promised to conduct himself better in the future. He was bound over to keep the peace for six months, himself in £20 and two sureties of £10 each.
Cheyvonne Bower is a local historian with a passion for the past. A member of Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society.