Inside the pub, apart from unfortunate reflections of windows and myself:
John Collier, alias Tim Bobbin. Collier was born in 1708, one of nine children
of a teacher and curate, in a cottage opposite Urmston Hall. He came to
national notice in 1746, with his best-known book, Tummus and Meary,
which was hailed as a classic. However, his concentration on writing in
dialect largely confined appreciation of his work to the North West.'
My other post on Tim Bobbin / John Collier:
John Collier / Tim Bobbin in Rochdale