On this day: Morris Dancers in England

Young Morris dancers gather in Lymm, Cheshire, England on Whit Monday, which fell on the 21st of May, 1923.


Whit-Monday 1923 - Morris dancers of Statham with Ned Rowles at The Star Inn bowling green


The ghost of Lord Combermere

Wellington Stapleton-Cotton, 2nd Viscount Combermere, died in St James’ Place, London on the 1st of December, 1891, seven weeks after being run over by a horse-drawn carriage.

On the day of his funeral, this photograph was taken by Sybell Corbet in the library in Combermere Abbey, Cheshire.

Despite claims one of the servants must have been sitting in the chair, they all claimed to have been miles away attending the funeral at the time the picture was taken.


On this day: The Astley Deep Pit Disaster in 1874

On the 14th of April, 1874, a roof collapse at the Astley Deep Pit in Dukinfield in Cheshire, England, set off a chain of events that led to the deaths of fifty-four men and boys.

The resulting fire burnt for days afterwards.

 Illustration of the Astley deep pit from the Illustrated London News. 25th June, 1874.

The Astley Deep Pit Disaster was a mining accident at the Astley Deep Pit, in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England,[1] that took place on 14 April 1874.