Atherton Manor : A Place of New Beginnings

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Richard Vernon Atherton was the last of the Atherton male line. He married Elizabeth Farington and had a daughter Elizabeth. The Atherton family's association with the township ended with Richard Atherton's death in They had five children, the sons died young, their eldest daughter Henrietta Maria Atherton married Thomas Powys, 2nd Baron Lilford whose father was ennobled by Pitt the Younger in , taking the title of Baron Lilford.

He left his estates to his son, Thomas Atherton Powys. The Atherton estate was inherited by Lord Lilford, who preferred to live at his family seat, Lilford Hall in Northamptonshire. Lord Lilford could not afford the upkeep of another house and Atherton Hall was put up for sale but, after failing to sell, it was demolished in Some of the outbuildings were left standing and are private property still known as Atherton Hall. This portion of Atherton was incorporated into Leigh in and the area became a public park. The area was divided in its allegiance during the Civil War , in men of Chowbent were on their way to Leigh Church when word came that James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby's Royalist troops were marching through Leigh probably en route for Manchester.

The men of Chowbent armed themselves and drove the Earl's men back to Lowton Common, killing some, wounding others and taking prisoner about men: " Minister Wood led a force of Chowbent men who were given the job of guarding the bridge over the River Ribble at Walton-le-Dale and a ford at Penwortham , which they defended successfully.

Atherton, along with neighbouring Shakerley, was associated with coal mining and nail manufacture.

Encouraged by the proximity of outcrops of coal, iron was brought from Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Spain. A variety of nails were made, lath nails, slate nails, thatching nails and sparrowbills. The nail smithies manufactured ploughs and scythes ; their products were taken by pack horse to be sold in Manchester, Denbigh, Clitheroe and Kendal.

The nail industry developed into the manufacture of nuts and bolts. Thomas Blakemore was the first in and by there were eight makers of nuts and bolts including James Prestwich and Robert Parker. Some manufacturers of nuts and bolts made spindles and flyers for spinning machinery. Coal had been mined for several hundred years in numerous shallow shafts and adits , but took on greater importance when in Robert Vernon Atherton leased the coal rights to Thomas Guest from Leigh and John Fletcher from Bolton.

In the era of deep mining arrived with the sinking of Fletcher's Lover's Lane pit at Howe Bridge. The Crombouke Day-Eye, a drift mine accessing the shallow Brassy and Crombouke mines, opened in and closed in A coal seam was referred to as a "mine" in this part of Lancashire. It pit closed in Gibfield Colliery, situated alongside the Bolton and Leigh Railway, was working in , coal was mined from the Trencherbone mine. The pit closed in In September the first pit head baths in the country were opened at Gibfield. Atherton had its share of mining disasters, on 11 February five men died in a gas explosion caused by a lighted candle at Gibfield and 27 men died at Lovers Lane Colliery after a firedamp explosion caused by blown-out shot on 28 March On 6 March eight men died at Chanters Colliery after an explosion of gas.

Chanters closed in bringing the era of deep coal mining in the town to an end. The cotton mills grew out of a cottage spinning and weaving industry that was widespread across the district. As industrialisation gathered pace, local weavers felt threatened by the advent of powered looms , and in April a mob smashed the machines and burnt down a new factory, Westhoughton Mill, in neighbouring Westhoughton.

For this, the Luddites, three men and a boy of 14, were tried at Lancaster Assizes and hanged. Fustian was woven and after silk also was brought from Manchester. Dan Lane Spinning and Doubling Mills were built in the s and lasted until the s.

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Howe Bridge Spinning Mills, the largest complex in Atherton was started in and the last mill built in It closed as a textile factory in early Mills built in the 20th century were Laburnum Mills in closed , and Ena Mill in which closed in At Lua error in package. And it's a pretty big restaurant, so it was lovely to see that the weekday dinner services were going so well.

When we visited, it was a course tasting menu although some of those are snacks - so it's not as intimidating as it might sound. It's been a while since we've gone for such a big undertaking, but it's well worth it here with some really excellent dishes being paraded out all night. Here's a selection of what was on offer:. Dinner kicks off with snacks - including these spiced crackers with lime and parmesan. These and some tempura crisps were excellent. Without a doubt, our dish of the night - the lobster custard with chicken broth.

It is everything you want it to be once you see it on the menu.

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Chicken and lobster really DO go well together. One of the courses of the night is this - billed as "brown butter, buttermilk" and is, according to Niall Keating, "is an 18 hour proved sourdough that we make with our starter that we have had since day one. Butter is whipped with buttermilk and dusted in caramelised yeast" You have to love a tasting menu when one of the courses is entirely devoted to bread. The "black tortellini" is "a squid ink tortellini filled with pork belly and Foi gras and has a liquid pork centre like a soup dumpling. Finished with a black garlic pork jus gras.

We visited in June - so Spring lamb was still on the menu - this served with dill. And this dessert of "honey, caramel and custard" was wonderfully inventive, looked beautiful with the lattice of caramel and finished off the meal perfectly. There's one little bit of theatre before you head off for the night. The petit four trolley is wheeled over so you can make your selections.

We may have had a couple more than the picture shows You can also take these back to the huge lounge with coffee. After a quick dip in the hydrotherapy pool to clear our heads, we were back in the main restaurant for breakfast. It was a bit of a shame that it wasn't the brasserie, as it would have been nice to try both spaces. But it was still great hotel breakfast, particularly the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, with a pitch-perfect scrambled eggs and the eggs benedict was pretty damned good too. Kicking off the day with Eggs Benedict, the best way to start.

Hell, if you're not in the UK we'd say it was worth your giving it a go too. And that's before you consider the lovely surroundings. An amazing food experience in the most bucolic of settings. Shelves: fiction , mystery-cozy , own , series , paranormal. And I discovered something as well. This book and very possibly the rest of the books in this series, one needs to read it straight through and not read it along with other books. I had read about the first third while reading a couple of other books. I read the rest of the book yesterday and t "Maybe there's no such thing as a fruitless search" I read the rest of the book yesterday and today.

In the beginning, I did not think this book was keeping my attention because of the story. Well, it was not, but it was not the story. It was that I was reading 3 or 4 other books at the same time. In order to get the most out of this book, please read it right through to the end. All is pulled together much better, and I enjoyed much more.

Jun 02, Maria rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. Another interesting look into the life of Lori Shepherd, this time with her teen-age sidekick, Bree Pym. If we had to lose the Pym sisters, Bree is an excellent replacement, funny and outside of many reader's comfort zone but a wonderful insight into the outlook of teenagers today. What I like most about these Dimity books is that wherever Lori goes, people are better off for having met her. She almost always finds a way to fix things.

In this book, it is more Bree who is fixing things as she fe Another interesting look into the life of Lori Shepherd, this time with her teen-age sidekick, Bree Pym. In this book, it is more Bree who is fixing things as she feels her way into finding a vocational drive, a reason to get up in the mornings, so-to-speak. Lori and Bree don't see things in quite the same way, so it was fascinating to watch each other adjust to their partner's perspective as they look for the "lost prince".

Mar 04, Alice Liu rated it really liked it. I kept waiting for a dead body. And waiting. It's always fun visiting and revisiting Lori Shepherd. This book was a bit different, focusing on communication and connections: Sometimes our most daunting personal problems can be remedied just by virtue of someone knowing about it On the other hand, when we and by "we" I mean "Lori" assume we make one big ass out of u and me and by "u" and "me" I mean "Lori". It's a fun, mild mystery, but I kept waiting for a dead body. It's a fun, mild mystery, but without the dead body, the only real sense of suspenseful danger is not from a suspected murderer but from a social faux pas.

Apr 30, Darlene Ferland rated it it was amazing. As Lori sits with Reginald looking at her and as she opens the blank journal, I felt like I was visiting an old friend. The writing appearing on the pages in response to Lori's remarks and questions is as familiar to me as opening a letter from a relative or friend.

Please get your hands on the first Aunt Dimity book and start your own journey. It's fun and easy to read. In this world filled with the horror of bombings, war, hatred and evil everyone needs something light and fun as well as inter As Lori sits with Reginald looking at her and as she opens the blank journal, I felt like I was visiting an old friend. In this world filled with the horror of bombings, war, hatred and evil everyone needs something light and fun as well as interesting to read.

May 04, Margie rated it liked it Shelves: mystery , english-country-village. I love the Aunt Dimity books and hope Nancy Atherton keeps writing them! I am always impatient for the next one.

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Cozy, fun, entertaining and always a great read! I love the recipes at the end as well. Here is Nancy Atherton's web site for her "Aunt Dimity" books. Mar 26, Pam rated it really liked it. I really do enjoy the Aunt Dimity books! It's like spending time with an old friend. This one was no disappointment. It was interesting, comfortable and sweet, as usual. A mystery without a dead body - imagine that!

Apr 20, Sharla rated it really liked it. These truly are "cozy" books. I've read most of them and they are usually dependable three-star books. Once in a while one will be more appealing to me, the characters or the plot or both exactly to my taste.


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This was one of those. I really enjoyed reading this perfectly lovely British cozy. Apr 29, David rated it really liked it. Lori Shepherd follows crumbs from Russian Tea Cakes to a surprising conclusion in this story that shines like polished silver. Full review submitted to Suspense Magazine.

What a totally delightful story.

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On a wintry day the main character, Lori Shepherd, comes across a young girl admiring an exquisite silver sled in a strange and unique little museum. We only meet this young girl, Daisy, in one scene but she is the catalyst for the entire book after Lori finds her coat in a thrift shop with the tiny silver sled in the pocket. This sends Lori, and her very capable side-kick Bree, on a quest to find Daisy and see if her fascinating story of the true owner of the tr What a totally delightful story.

This sends Lori, and her very capable side-kick Bree, on a quest to find Daisy and see if her fascinating story of the true owner of the troika sled is indeed a captured Russian prince in need of rescue. If her stories of those people are true, maybe the story of a captured lost prince is true too? As Lori and Bree visit each house, we are treated to vignettes of exquisite writing, capturing the details of each house and its occupants. Like all good side-kicks, Bree both compliments and contrasts Lori in their adventures and discoveries.

The combined stories are like a string of jewels on a necklace drawn together by an amazing and imaginative child and two persistent and curious adults. They are the ultimate of cozy mysteries where no one is murdered and with wonderful characters you want to discover living next door to you, with Lori and Bree just down the street. Thank you Ms. Jun 21, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: cozies , books , library-books.

Lori Shepherd is not a fan of February. When broken pipes keep her sons away from their beloved ponies, she and Bree Pym, who is staying with Lori to avoid paint fumes, take the twins to a local manor that is full of dark items. But Lori meets Daisy, a young girl whose mother works at the museum. When the youth's coat, complete with what can only be a stolen salt cellar in the pocket, comes into the local thrift shop the next Monday, Lori is not sure what to do.

But a visit with the ghostly Aunt Lori Shepherd is not a fan of February. But a visit with the ghostly Aunt Dimity sends Lori and Bree on a trip around the English countryside in search of Daisy, and the lost Russian prince Daisy talked to Lori about. This is the 18th installment in the Aunt Dimity series, and when I need a cozy that is a cozy in the true sense of the word, I look to an Aunt Dimity novel. This one was good, and introduced a great number of fun characters as Lori and Bree search for the real story behind the Russian prince. The Aunt Dimity books are escapism at its best, and I don't like the idea that there are only a few left before I'm caught up with the author.

That means I'll have to find another series that is as entertaining. Jul 25, Rebecca rated it it was ok Shelves: mystery , family-story. During a cold February, Lori, an American who has long lived in an English village with her family, takes her young boys to visit a museum of curiosities at Skeaping Manor.

While there, Lori encounters a little girl named Daisy with a vivid imagination, who tells the story of a lost prince who has been imprisoned and his valuables stolen--including a gorgeous silver troika salt cellar now on display at the manor. The next day, Lori is sorting through donations to a local thrift store and finds t During a cold February, Lori, an American who has long lived in an English village with her family, takes her young boys to visit a museum of curiosities at Skeaping Manor.

The next day, Lori is sorting through donations to a local thrift store and finds the troika in the pocket of a coat she had last seen on Daisy, and begins to wonder if maybe Daisy was telling the truth. But both Daisy and her mother have disappeared. With her young Kiwi neighbor Bree, Lori sets off to find the lost prince Mikhail, and hopefully to discover what became of Daisy. I've really enjoyed others in this very gentle series of cozies, in which the mysteries so far as I can recall are never murders, and there are never any real villains. This one, though, just seemed kind of pointless, especially since the denouement was pretty much a damp squib.

I don't think the series has jumped the shark, yet, but this one felt a little phoned in. Jul 27, Sarah Coller rated it it was ok Shelves: reading-challenge. Anyone who reads my Aunt Dimity reviews is probably wondering why I keep reading them if I always gripe about them This one was a lesser favoritevery far-fetched and very contrived. I should add here that I understand that's pretty much a given with most cozies I did, however, come to really like the character of Bree. I'm usually really Anyone who reads my Aunt Dimity reviews is probably wondering why I keep reading them if I always gripe about them I'm usually really annoyed by the angsty teen sidekick trope but I think I like Bree better than Lori.

Can Bree be the heroine from here on out?

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I'm beginning to wonder if Mrs. Atherton makes Lori unlikable on purpose Bree is level-headed, smart, interesting, and real. She doesn't let her past get her down. I've got one or two more of these here to read this week and then I'll need to go back to the library and trade for more. For months now, I've been reading deep, educational, thoughtful, historical material. Dec 06, Dina Tanners rated it really liked it. This is the 18th book in the Aunt Dimity series.

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I had stopped reading the series for a while because the newer books didn't have the charm of previous books. This one again brings that charm back. I really enjoyed it and enjoyed the story of the little girl being involved and helping her to find her "lost prince.

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I agree that this could be a good starting place for those unfamiliar with the series and may enjoy a light touch of the paranormal. It is delightful Feb 11, George rated it it was amazing. Lori Shepard lives with her husband and family in the Cotswold village of Finch and becomes involved in yet another mystery which she solves with the help of her Aunt Dimity who passed away several years ago.

It is now 10 years since American Lori has been living in Finch in a house and estate inherited from Dimity. Lori is mesmerized by sweet but very poor 9 year Daisy Pickering's sad story about a Russian prince who barely escaped with his life from Russia 18 in the Aunt Dimity mystery series. Lori is mesmerized by sweet but very poor 9 year Daisy Pickering's sad story about a Russian prince who barely escaped with his life from Russia some 80 years earlier who is now being held by people who are selling off his estate.

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