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Reply AmandaCoomb
8:44 PM on January 13, 2017 
Hello, you used to write magnificent, but the last several posts have been kinda boring? I miss your great writings. Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!
Reply Sheila White
11:30 AM on June 20, 2016 
Looking for information regarding Elizabeth (Betty) Hewitt b.1801 who married Ralph Ratcliffe b.1799 a Silk Weaver
Reply Ross McComish
1:20 AM on May 3, 2016 
A very interesting and helpful site, but I think you have been a bit rough on the Rev John Pennington on Page 3. His letter reads (I think):-
"James Ashton,
This is to inform you; unless you submit a real licence to preach in your house to my inspection I shall be under [the] disagreeable necessity of mentioning you as a refractory person in answer to [the] Bishop of Chester's Queries. This must be done this morning.
Lowton 31 [?] 1811
John Pennington"
Pennington had, in fact, been licensed as Perpetual Curate of Lowton on 11 Dec 1806 by Henry William Majendie, Bishop of Chester [CCEd]. The registration of Ashton's house as a dissenting place of worship was done, on 22 Aug 1806, before Pennington came to the parish. It would seem from this letter that he hasn't had any problem with Ashton's services for the best part of five years - so what has changed? I suggest that the letter is the result of the arrival of a new bishop: Bishop Majendie was translated to Bangor in 1809 and his replacement, Edward Bowyer Sparke, was consecrated on 21 Jan 1810. It seems that the new bishop has asked the clergy in his diocese to ensure that all the dissenting places of worship under their jurisdiction have been properly licensed. I would assume from the tone of the letter that Ashton has not responded to Pennington's earlier requests for a sighting of his licence and that he is now under some pressure from the bishop for an answer. "Refractory person" doesn't mean undesirable, it means someone who has stubbornly refused to do something they are required to do. In the context of 1811 relationships between the Church of England and the different varieties of Methodism, the letter is formal - terse even - but not unreasonable (imho).
Hope this is of some interest.
Reply Lowton Websites
4:12 AM on March 12, 2016 
The website would love it if you could scan the photos and email them to us [email protected]
Mary Sayers says...
My mother and two of her siblings were born at the School House on Newton Road, Lowton St Mary's. I wondered if the house still stands. As I have some old postcards sent to her parents soon after their marriage and addressed to "Fern lea", Newton Road, I would also like to know if this was the same house or another nearby. My grandfather, Samuel Marsden, was working as an accountant at Bickershaw Colliery at the time (c 1913-1919). Any information would be appreciated. Thanks for your work on the website. I'm glad to have found it.
Reply Mary Sayers
9:54 AM on July 6, 2015 
I have a photocopy of pages from "Rules & Orders of the Frugal Female Friendly Society established at Lowton School in the parish of WInwick... for the Support of the Sick, Burying the Dead and other charitable and humane purposes". It was published in Wigan in 1812, and a copy of the book is held at Warrington Local Studies archives. The most interesting part of this is the list of members that it contains. If it is of interest, please let me know.
Reply Mary Sayers
9:16 AM on July 6, 2015 
My mother and two of her siblings were born at the School House on Newton Road, Lowton St Mary's. I wondered if the house still stands. As I have some old postcards sent to her parents soon after their marriage and addressed to "Fern lea", Newton Road, I would also like to know if this was the same house or another nearby. My grandfather, Samuel Marsden, was working as an accountant at Bickershaw Colliery at the time (c 1913-1919). Any information would be appreciated. Thanks for your work on the website. I'm glad to have found it.
Reply Steve McRea
7:27 PM on November 20, 2014 
An Interesting website. Thanks for putting it together.
Steve McRea
San Diego California
Reply phil silk
2:41 PM on March 4, 2014 
Hi, I am wondering if you can help. I have family ancestors that apear to originate from Lowton and they are very difficult to trace as they apear to gradually bred them selves out through birth of mainly women, which is more difficult to trace. The family I am trying to research is my own 'Silk' though they also offectionatly use 'Byrom' in some of the middle names after the first member married a 'Mary Byrom' around 1860. Are you able to shed any light on this? Thank you Phil
Reply Andrew Matchwick
11:52 AM on January 30, 2014 
I good informative site. My wife and I are in the process of moving to Lowton and it great to be able read about its history.