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Edwin Waugh (William Percy, 1882)
Waugh's Well
Waugh's Well. This monument wur originally built oth' site ov a spring i 1866 to honour Rochdale-born Edwin Waugh. It wur rebuilt i 1966 i memory o Ward Ogden, a local naturalist an rambler. It maks for a gradely contemplative viewpoint an restin place oth' Rossendale Way.

Edwin Waugh (1817–1890) wur an English poet fro Lancashire.


Th' son o a shoemaker, Waugh wur born i Rochdale, Lancashire, England an, after some schooling, wur apprenticed to a printer, Thomas Holden, at th' age o 12. Whoile still a young mon he worked as a journeyman printer, travellin ô ovver Britain, but eventually returned to his owd job i Rochdale.[1]

Waugh read eagerly, an i 1847 became assistant secretary to th' Lancashire Public School Association an went to wark i Manchester. I Manchester he started publishin descriptions o rural rambles, an th' reception o his warks encouraged him to persevere. By 1860 he wur able to become a full-toime writer; but in 1881 he wur in poor health an wur granted a Civil List pension o £90 p.a.[2]

Death and legacy[edit]

Waugh deed at his whoam i New Breeton, Cheshire, i 1890 an wur buried i St Paul's churchyard on Kersal Moor.[3] Waugh's Well wur built i 1866 to commemorate him at Foe Edge Farm, oth' moors aboon Edenfield, Rossendale wheer he spent mich toime writin. Foe Edge, wur demolished by th' North West Wayter Authority ith' mid-1970s an no trace remains oth' buildin.[4] Theer is a monument in Brooadfield Park, Rochdale at commemorates Margaret Rebecca Lahee, Oliver Ormerod, John Trafford Clegg an Edwin Waugh.[5]


Waugh fost attracted attention wi sketches o Lancashire life and character ith' Manchester Examiner. His fust book Sketches of Lancashire Life and Localities wur published i 1855 whoile he wur workin as a traveller for a Manchester printing firm.[6] He wrote prose an ô, sich as Factory Folk, Besom Ben Stories, and The Chimney Corner. His Lancashire dialect songs, collected as Poems and Songs (1859), browt him local fame. He has been côed "th' Lancashire Burns." His mooast famous poem is "Come whoam to thi childer an' me", 1856.[7]

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External links[edit]

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  1. Hollingworth, Brian, ed. (1977) Songs of the People. Manchester: Manchester University Press; p. 155
  2. Hollingworth (1977)
  3. Edwin Waugh at Howling Dog Template:Webarchive Retrieved 2007-11-01
  4. Edwin Waugh Dialect Society Template:Webarchive Retrieved 2007-12-21
  5. "Dame of Dialect".
  6. Hollingworth (1977)
  7. Hollingworth (1977)