25 April 2014

Samuel Hill in Stalybridge, Tameside

'SAMUEL HILL
 
POET, LOCAL HISTORIAN,
LOVER OF THE LANCASHIRE DIALECT.
BORN IN KING STREET, STALYBRIDGE, 1864.
LIVED IN THIS HOUSE FOR MANY YEARS
AND HERE DIED, 24TH DECEMBER, 1909.
 
COMMEMORATION OF STALYBRIDGE CENTENARY
5TH MARCH 1957'

Samuel Hill's Bygone Stalybridge: Traditional, Historical, Biographical (1907) – a book which the author sold from his home at 78 Hamilton Street, Stalybridge – states that among other books he wrote were: Old Lancashire Songs and their Singers (1899), Lancashire Poets and their Poems (1900), Foirewood, or Splinters an' Shavin's fro' a Carpenter's Bench (1902), Little Spadger's Dog, and other Sketches (1906), and Local Poets of the Past [date not given].

The book includes a chapter titled 'Local Literary Men', which contains information on several writers linked to Stalybridge: John Jones, Thomas Kenworthy, George Smith, Joseph Rayner Stephens, William Chadwick, and Samuel Laycock.

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