Wisdom - A poem by Henry Yates 1841 - 1906

At fifteen aw thowt aw were wise;
At twenty ther’ wer' nooan 'at could teych me,
An' aw danced, an' wer' glad,
Aw could lick mi owd dad,
An' who could expect, then, to reych me?
Aw threw eawt advice reet an' left —
Ther' wer'nowt but one mortal then livin'
'At could teych, do yo’ see,
An’ that mortal wer' me —
Aw wer' sure mi advice wer’ wo'th givin'.

pic At thirty aw bended a bit,
An’ alleawd 'at mi feyther could reason;
He'd once or twice shown
He could just howd his own,
An' gain a bit, too, in a season;
But mi dad he'd an owd-fashioned way,
I' clearing his heels o'er a barrier,
Till aw owned up, wi’ pride,
Ther' wer' sense on his side,
An' whoever wer' th'hare, he wer' th'harrier.

pic At forty, aw'd poo'd in a lot,
For aw felt like a bit of a bigot;
Mi dad's native sense
Med me feel dull an' dense
When he turned on his learned owd spiggott;
When aw learned heaw to listen betimes,
As he chucked eawt mi words to be etten;
An’ aw knew things wer' slow
'At mi dad duddn't know,
Besides wod he'd known an' forgetten.

pic At fifty, aw're scrattin’ mi yure,
An' wonderin’ wheer wisdom lay hidden;
Aw'd bin on a weary track;
'Twer' a weary way back
To th'place wheer conceit hed bin ridden;
But t'journey wer' teed to be done,
Throo mony a long windin' an' turnin':
Aw'd to turn back to th'view
Wheer students pass throo,
An' scholars pay toll for the'r learnin'.

pic At sixty, aw'm shapin’ mi way
Tort learnin' some bits o' good knowledge,
For aw've passed mi fost schoo',
Wheer they learn every foo',
Heaw to study i’ t'world wider college.
Ther's o sooarts o' quicksands an' shoals,
Fro' t'time 'at one's rocked i' one's kayther;
But it's mon's grand surprise
When he wins a fost prize,
An' he feels he's as fause as his fevther.

Further Reading
picFarthingale Publications:... Is a hobby web site containing articles of local interest to Lancastrians, some favourite walking and cycling routes, selected words and poetry, and some writings of more general nature as well as the authors own picture gallery. Access is available via the homepage and menu at the head of the page.
picLocal Interest: Richmond Hill Dairies; Mind Your Language; John Lancaster Wigan MP; Thomas Aspinwall Miners Agent; Thomas Aspinwall Obituary; Upholland Telephone Exchange; Thomas Linacre School Wigan; God's Choir; Scot Lane School Wigan; The Lindsays of Haigh; Dust Upon God's Fair Earth; The Nurburgring 1960; Wigan Advertisements 1960; Wigan Soldier Missing in Action; It's a Funny Life; Private Thomas Whitham VC; Isaac Watts 1674 - 1748; Wigan Old Bank 1792; The Brocklebank Line; John Byrom 1692 - 1793; The Holy City Liverpool; Jubilee Park Memorial, Ashton in Makerfield; Little Ships at War 1918; A Cricket Calypso; Not Much of a Warrior; Peveril of the Peak.
Walking & Cycling: Moss Eccles Tarn; Abbey Lakes to Coppull Moor; Chorley Ice Cream Walk; Douglas Valley Dawdle; Three Counties Cycle Ride; Haigh to Borsdane Wood; A Lancshire Linear Walk; Blackrod or Bust; Cycle the Sankey Valley; Cycle the Monsal Trail; Wigan Circular by Bike; Freshfield to Crosby; Irwell Valley Trail (Bury to Rawtenstall); Irwell Valley (Bury to Salford).
Words & Poetry: Only a Cranky Owd Foo'; Martin Chuzzlewit; Dover Harbour; Rogue Herries; The Heart of Midlothian; King Cotton; The Family Man; The Pickwick Papers; The Fair Rosamond; The Fair Rosamond Comic; A Legend of Montrose; When Winds Breathe Soft; The Wreck of the Hesperus; God Bless these Poor Wimmen that's Childer; Dombey and Son; Aw've Turned me bit O' Garden O'er; On Th' Hills; Four Favourite Poems; The Darkling Thrush; The Glory of the Garden; The Rolling English Road; The Antiquary; Hymn Before Action; Dust upon God's Fair Earth; Mind Your Language; Jeff Unsworth's dialect poetry; Martyrs of the Arena; Th' Coartin' Neet; Boat Song; Toddlin' Whoam; A Lancashire Mon; Calm is the Sea; The Bride of Lammermoor; Redgauntlet; A Tale of Two Cities.
Wallgate Chronicles: Chronicles: Hugo Boss comes to Wigan; In the footsteps of the Manchester Rambler; Fun with Trigonometry; Surprise at the Philharmonic; The Marriage of Figaro; Cat Bells; A Walk in the Hills; Eay Times Uv Changed; Fidelio; The Ravioli Room; Desert Island Discs; Travels in Time 1960; Travels in Time 2010; The Spectroscope; The Bohemian Girl; Bookcase; Barnaby Rudge; Romance on a Budget; The Battle of Solferino; The Getaway Car; The Switchroom Wigan; The Force of Destiny; Adolphe Adam; The Fair Maid of Perth; Ivanhoe; Semele; Lohengrin; The Old Curiosity Shop; Hard Times.

picRichmond Hill Dairies, Pemberton - These pages contain some personal memories from my youth and my association with Richmond Hill Dairies, a local business I grew up with and remember with some affection. A well known and important feature of the local community in its day and part of the heritage of Pemberton, this is my attempt to commit some small snapshot of its history to print, I hope these pages paint a worthy picture.
Mind Your Language - A humorous poem by "the bard of Haydock" George Anderton, inspired by memories of a trip to Bad Canstatt, Stuttgart Germany with the Haydock Male Voice Choir in 1975. This publication will bring a smile to the faces of not only those members who were there at the time and know the people involved but the wider population of Haydock as well who speak the language.
Wigan and the American Civil War - Wigan Coal and Iron Company, The Right Honourable John Lancaster MP for Wigan, the Confederate Raider Alabama, USS Kearsarge, Cherbourg and the yacht Deerhound all feature in the last great sea battle of the American Civil War.
Wigan Old Bank 1792 - A tragic boating accident on Windermere and a surprising journey through the social history of Wigan during the reign of Queen Victoria, highlighting the relationships between four families who played an important part in the commercial development of the town.
picThe Brocklebank Line - Daniel Brocklebank (1741-1801), shipbuilder and mariner, a brief biography, and some background detail of his family and the shipping line he founded.
Little Ships at Zeebrugge - An account of a heroic attempt to block the port of Zeebrugge during the first World War, to protect supply routes into the UK by denying enemy submarines based there access to the open sea.
A Cricket Calypso - A short biopic of cricketer Cyril Washbrook and a snapshot of his career including his role in the West Indies tour of 1950 recorded in the lyrics of the Cricket Calypso.
Not Much of a Warrior - Wigan RLFC in the fifties and sixties, through rose coloured glasses. A golden age of legendary players and memorable moments, along with some personal memories.

picThe Langdales from Moss Eccles Tarn