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Old George Lord  Opposite Bankside Lane once stood a low lying house demolished at the beginning of 1880.The house was lived in by Old George Lord and his wife. They were owners of some dozen ponies otherwise known as " Galloway's". George and his wife used the ponies to convey coal and lime to districts far away. The common name given to them and people like them was " Lime Gals". It was nothing out of the ordinary for George and his wife to make a trip to Clitheroe carrying coal and returning with lime. The journey usually undertaken at night time with a man and boy in charge. On the death of old George the business was then carried on by William Clarkson. Mr James Hargreaves. Familiarly known as " Old Whitehat" cotton waste dealer James of Newchurch Road  died in 1883. In his younger days he had been the proprietor of a marine store, building up the business until he had three good going concerns, Marine Stores, Smallwares and Cotton Waste. Remarkably Mr Hargreaves could neither read nor write. Yet had a wonderful memory and was very adept at mental arithmetic. It is said he could reckon the money value of a large transaction to the fraction of a penny in his head. James had two sons George and William who also helped out in the various businesses. After the death of James  William took over the Cotton Waste Trade whilst  George ran the other  wholesale and retail smallware business and that of the marine store.  
Was a well known Bacup figure, born in Todmorden about 1823 he had several jobs one of which was selling oatcakes, and going from door to door selling milk. His real name was Abraham Dewhurst. Originally he started work as a weaver and was by all accounts a good and conscientious worker. At some point Abraham became rather inattentive and lost his job, it is said that his eccentricity was due to unrequited love. He was usually seen chewing on the collar of his coat or on a piece of sacking and. Abraham however was very thrifty with his money and bought very little food, instead he would wait until the end of various parties held at the Mechanics Institute or school and then go in and make a bid for the left over crusts of bread, sometime taking away two wicker baskets full of food. In his latter days Abraham would pick up anything out of the streets that he thought useful such as pins, nails bits of iron or wood and take them home. He quite often sported a old sack which he wore slung across his shoulders, his cap tilted on one side of his head  and his trousers tied up under his knees. Tied around his waist would be his walking stick which can still be seen today in the Bacup Nat. Abraham had relatives living away from Bacup and when Abraham became ill in 1892 they were eventually contacted. Two well to do ladies arrived with fresh line and food for Abraham and though he eventually agreed for them to care for him with the lined and food he refused to leave his home and go with them to theirs to be looked after. Abraham died in the Union Workhouse in Haslingden in October 1892 and was buried in Todmorden on undressing him at the workhouse it was found that he had a old hearth rug wrapped around his waist and his shoes were stuffed with feathers.
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Joseph Laycock.  At one time almost everyone knew Joseph Laycock, Brass and Iron Founder who's place was at Waterside. Laycock came to Bacup from Hunslet in Yorkshire about 1830 and after a time commenced the first foundry in Bacup. Joseph was well known for making " Bobbers". A game that lads used to play back in the old days and whilst Joseph never apparently played the game himself he did play with iron rings known as "Quoits" at which he was at one time considered the champion of the world. Joseph was at one time a great traveller in the South. In 1859 whilst planning a return trip home from Australia something occurred which Delayed Joseph and saved his life. For had he not been delayed he would have met a watery grave aboard the Royal Charter Steam Ship which was wrecked off the coats of Anglesey in April 1859. He was a very prominent member of the order of Oddfellows, Freemasons and a Orangeman. He died rather suddenly at Lower Rockliffe in June 1883 aged 72 years.
Happy Jack John Whitehead  a rag and bone dealer of Lane Head Lane, not being able to shout due to a damaged voice box he used a football fans rattle to announce his arrival.In return for rags and bottles, Happy Jack offered a variety of rewards ranging from “spice” and balloons to donkey stones.
Mickey Luke A tiny harmless old man with a   swilling brush moustache who always wore a old raincoat two sizes too big for him come rain or   shine that reached down to his ankles. He spent his days in the   centre of Bacup mumbling to   himself and twitching his shoulders   ceaselessly and so earning himself   the nickname of Itchy Mick.  No   one ever knew his real name until   he died  when the Bacup Times   identified him as Michael   O'Mahoney. 
James Ashworth James Ashworth was more fondly known as " Jimmy Din"a hawker of cockles and mussels, which he packed in bags on a wheelbarrow. Later he was successful enough to buy a horse and cart and was said to own several shared in cotton millsHe added a Greengrocers shop in South Street to his successes. One day while carrying out his business, crying out his usual " fresh cockles fresh muscles", a lady  coming down Todmorden Road asked him to leave a measure of the molluscs at her house.  The lady just happened to be the wife of  one of the cotton manufacturers; and either through qualms of conscience or for some other reason Jimmy put up his hands to each side of his mouth, and in whispered accents sent forth the muffled sound " they're no good today"  
John Greenoff John was more commonly known as "John Duos".He was employed at the Gasworks as a meter inspector but lit up the lamps for the Old Lighting Committee before the formation of the Rossendale Union Gas Company. He lived close to the works in Lee Street almost from the very first of his employment. John died in May 1883 aged 62. John Pickup  Known as " Old Baromy" father of Lord Pickup cashier at the Co-Op, was of a cheery , genial and pleasant countenance. John was a Weaver at Forest Mill. He was a keen entomologist and was well known for the dexterity he wielded with a penknife. Mr Pickup was a patron of the Walking Stick Club which had about 30 members. Each member had to have a walking stick that was a totally different shape to that of any other member, with some peculiar and awkward looking shapes coming out of this. ( Some of which can still be seen today in the Bacup Natural History Museum). Some of the stick had heads carved into he shapes of wild animals, reptiles and other beasts carved into he handles or down the stocks of the walking sticks. John Pickup died in 1868.
Henry  Kerr For many years Mr Kerr was editor of the Bacup and Rossendale News, and during his lifetime in Bacup contributed many articles on bird life to the Newcastle Chronicle, The Manchester Guardian, and other newspapers. Mr Kerr was a native of Dumfries, Scotland. At one time he had a fine collection of bird eggs, on which subject and bird life generally he was a acknowledged expert.  Several years before his death the whole of his time was devoted to writing and stud of this kind of subject.  
Johnny Ratter Was a rat catcher along with his mongrel dog “Lady". His real name was John Pilling and he was  known to bet for a pint. On a ratting expedition, he’d say to his dog “Lady, doan’t kill” and take the live rat from the dog and push it between his belts and his breeches. When he had enough rats, he would go into the beerhouses and bite off a rat’s head for a pint of beer.
James Ashworth James Ashworth was more fondly known  as " Jimmy Din"a hawker of cockles and  mussels, which he packed in bags on a  wheelbarrow. Later he was successful  enough to buy a horse and cart and was  said to own several shared in cotton mills.  He added a Greengrocers shop in South  Street to his successes. One day while  carrying out his business, crying out his  usual " fresh cockles fresh muscles", a  lady  coming down Todmorden Road  asked him to leave a measure of the  molluscs at her house.  The lady just  happened to be the wife of  one of the  cotton manufacturers; and either through  qualms of conscience or for some other  reason Jimmy put up his hands to each  side of his mouth, and in whispered  accents sent forth the muffled sound "  they're no good today"  
John Hardman  Or " John O' Dolly's to give him is more  familiar name  who died while on a trip  to Blackpool in September 1876, was a  descendant of a long line of Hardmans,  of North East Lancashire and the South  West Riding of Yorkshire. He was  apprenticed to a shoemaker at  Todmorden, but afterwards returned to  his parents house in St James Street.  Where his parents kept a grocery and  shoe store, and on the death of his  father " Sam O' Rodgers"  and his  mother "Dolly" Hardman, whose real  name was Dorothy, he and his brother  Amos continued for a time the  business. Afterwards he became of the partners in the Old Clough  Mill as well  as being a shareholder in several other  limited concerns, and an owner of  cottage property.He was a keen  politician and often walked in his  younger days to distant towns to listen  to orations by Fergus O'Connor, Frost,  Ernest Jones, and Chartists. He was  fond of company and a good tale. He  left £50 to the Mechanics Institute and  the same sum to Waterside which he  attended.