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Sadly some Mothers who had perhaps been widowed had no alternative but to leave their children in someone else care more often than not it would be a neighbour who probably had enough children to look after of her own never mind anyone else. Mothers quite often gave their children a mixture that contained some kind of drug which acted as a sleeping draft so that the child would  sleep while she worked. Sometimes this proved fatal to the child other cases such as the one below were not unknown. But with no other means of supporting her family a woman sometimes just simply didn't have a choice. Click to read the tragic story of little Doris.    
Court Reports The majority of working class women in Bacup and Stacksteads were  hardworking, and family orientated. Whilst there is no doubt their life was hard they made the best of what they had. Some however had a harder time than most, whether through their own making or that of others. Read some of their escapades in the Womens Court Reports, by clicking the link below.
Or rather a working class woman's world was  a different world to that of  a lady of means. Twelve hours a day working in the Mill and then home to care for their families with no Automatic Washing machines, Dishwashers and Vacuum cleaners it really must have been a case of  " A woman's work is never done ".  Here are various newspaper articles, stories and photos regarding some of the women of Bacup and Stacksteads.
Or rather a working class woman's world was  a different world to that of  a lady of means. Twelve hours a day working in the Mill and then home to care for their families with no Automatic Washing machines, Dishwashers and Vacuum cleaners it really must have been a case of  " A woman's work is never done ".  Here are various newspaper articles, stories and photos regarding some of the women of Bacup and Stacksteads.
A walk to Broadclough with the baby.
Take a  tour of Bacup after the midnight hour A midnight Visitation Written by a reporter for the Bacup Times in 1903  paints a picture of life lived in a cellar dwelling  and the thoughts of the writer about the lack of hygiene and care some  Bacupian mothers gave to their babes in arms.
Take a  tour of Bacup after the midnight hour A midnight Visitation Written by a reporter for the Bacup Times in 1903  paints a picture of life lived in a cellar dwelling  and the thoughts of the writer about the lack of hygiene and care some  Bacupian mothers gave to their babes in arms.
Take a  tour of Bacup after the midnight hour A midnight Visitation Written by a reporter for the Bacup Times in 1903  paints a picture of life lived in a cellar dwelling  and the thoughts of the writer about the lack of hygiene and care some  Bacupian mothers gave to their babes in arms.
Everyday working class girls July 1913, waiting to watch the Royal Visit. Mother daughter and baby. Women workers of Grove Mill. Woman from about 1914 posing for the camera.
Stir About & Potatoe Pie Take yourself back about 130 years and imagine if you will :- The mill close by is about to stop and release the work people to their morning meal. In the house are two or three young children..  Click for more
Stir About & Potatoe Pie Take yourself back about 130 years and imagine if you will :- The mill close by is about to stop and release the work people to their morning meal. In the house are two or three young children..  Click for more
Stir About & Potatoe Pie Take yourself back about 130 years and imagine if you will :- The mill close by is about to stop and release the work people to their morning meal. In the house are two or three young children..  Click for more
A Mother and her children the clothes suggest the family wasnt one of the poorer families. Mother and daughter pose for the camera. Another well dressed mum and baby