A peek into Ashworth’s diary

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Halifax Antiquarians listened to a lecture by Alan Petford on “The Diary of Cornelius Ashworth.” Cornelius (1752-1821) was a smallholder and handloom weaver who lived at Walt Royd in the Wheatley Valley.

His education was limited, but for many years he kept a diary, of which four volumes have survived, to provide an invaluable source of information on the dual-economy, of which he was one of the last practitioners.

There are many entries detailing the state of the weather.

His religious affiliation was initially with Square Chapel (Congregational) but he later migrated to Pellon Lane Baptist Chapel.

Mr. Petford was thanked by David Cant. The next Antiquarian lecture will be held at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday April 19 at The Masonic Hall, Blackwall, Halifax, when Corinne McDonald will speak on “Johnnies - St John Ambulance in and around Halifax” Please note the different venue. All are welcome.