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Clog Shop Chronicles by ACKWORTH, John

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John Ackworth was the pen name of the Rev. Frederick R. Smith, a Methodist minister who was born in Snaith, Yorkshire, but spent much of his career as a circuit preacher in Lancashire. Clog Shop Chronicles was the first and most successful of his works. Set in the fictional 19th-century village of Beckside (said to be somewhere between Manchester and Bolton), the book consists of 12 tales of everyday life in a close-knit Methodist community, which continue into Beckside Lights (1897) and Doxy Dent (1899). Based on an entertaining group of characters who gather round the clog shop fire, the stories are sentimental at times, but Ackworth has a nice sense of irony and refrains from Methodist proselytizing. Ackworth was also a student of the Lancashire dialect and the spoken passages in his books are mostly written in a phonetic version of late 19th-century Bolton speech, which I have done my best to reproduce. (Summary by Phil Benson)

Latest Episodes

01 - An atonement

22 MIN2018 NOV 14
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01 - An atonement

02 - Billy Botch

33 MIN2018 NOV 14
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02 - Billy Botch

03 - Hanging his hat up

30 MIN2018 NOV 14
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03 - Hanging his hat up

04 - Giving a man away

20 MIN2018 NOV 14
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04 - Giving a man away

05 - Tatty Entwistle's return

25 MIN2018 NOV 14
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05 - Tatty Entwistle's return

06 - Coals of fire

21 MIN2018 NOV 14
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06 - Coals of fire

07 - The knocker up

22 MIN2018 NOV 14
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07 - The knocker up

08 - For better or worse: The dilemma

20 MIN2018 NOV 14
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08 - For better or worse: The dilemma

09 - For better or worse: The denouement

18 MIN2018 NOV 14
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09 - For better or worse: The denouement

10 - "Bullet" pie

24 MIN2018 NOV 14
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10 - "Bullet" pie

Latest Episodes

01 - An atonement

22 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
01 - An atonement

02 - Billy Botch

33 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
02 - Billy Botch

03 - Hanging his hat up

30 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
03 - Hanging his hat up

04 - Giving a man away

20 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
04 - Giving a man away

05 - Tatty Entwistle's return

25 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
05 - Tatty Entwistle's return

06 - Coals of fire

21 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
06 - Coals of fire

07 - The knocker up

22 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
07 - The knocker up

08 - For better or worse: The dilemma

20 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
08 - For better or worse: The dilemma

09 - For better or worse: The denouement

18 MIN2018 NOV 14
Comments
09 - For better or worse: The denouement

10 - "Bullet" pie

24 MIN2018 NOV 14
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10 - "Bullet" pie
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