Elizabeth Bullough 1913-1960



Elizabeth Bullough was born in Horwich on the 10th December 1913, the first child of James Bullough (a collier) and Annie Robinson who were living at 18 Dickinson Street with Annie’s parents Richard and Elizabeth.


She was baptised at Holy Trinity Church Horwich on the 12th January 1914.  Her sister, Emily, was born in 1915, by which time, Annie and Jimmy had moved to 62 Dickinson Street  followed soon after by brothers Harold in 1919 and Frank in 1922 both born while the family were living at 11 Dickinson Street Horwich..


She attended Lee Congregational School and left aged 14, to start work as a winder in the cotton mill.  


Her first child, a daughter, Rita was born in 1934, when Elizabeth was 21 years old and they lived at home with her parents and siblings. On 17th December 1938 she married Arnold Barlow, from Barrel Rock in Westhoughton, who worked as a quarry labourer.  The ceremony was at Holy Trinity Church, Horwich.  The best man was Arnold’s brother Dick and the bridesmaid, Elizabeth’s sister Emily.  


 They moved to live at 16 Mary Street East in Horwich with her Uncle Robert Robinson, leaving Rita with her Grandparents Jimmy and Annie Bullough round the corner in Dickinson Street. When war broke out in 1939, Elizabeth’s brothers Harold and Frank were conscripted into the Army though her husband was a colliery worker, so was not conscripted.


In the autumn of1940, their son Harold was born at Townleys Hospital, soon followed by daughter Margaret Ann, by which time Arnold was working as a Coal miner. Son Leonard, daughter Mavis and son David followed by 1947.


 She was known as ‘Lizzie’ by her husband whom she called ‘Nolly’ but everyone else knew her as ‘Betty’.  She had numerous close friends; Connie Planner, Dorris Fearnley and Dolly Burgess to name but a few.


 She returned to work at Victoria Mill as a winder but throughout her thirties and forties suffered badly with arthritis.  She tried all sorts of new therapies including metal injections of silver and gold, cortisone injections and electric therapy.  None of which worked.  Despite this she followed many hobbies including sewing, knitting and attended night school for leather work and wood burning.  She helped out with concert parties at Victoria Mill, making many of the costumes.  She and Arnold rarely went out with the exception of the Central Club and the Sawyers Arms where her brother Harold was landlord.  She also enjoyed watching motorcycle scrambling and wrestling on the television.


The first (and one of the few) holidays  the family took were at a caravan park in Gronant near Rhyll in the mid fifties.  Prior to this the family bought ‘Runabout’ tickets for daytrips around the North West, the children being occupied for the journey with a set of trainspotter books.  Elizabeth was a frugal and wholesome cook, particularly baking plate pies and cakes/Victoria sandwiches, never wasting anything.  She attended church every week, formerly Holy Trinity, Horwich and latterly Trinity Mission. All her children went to Sunday school and were in the church choir.


 They had a black, white and ginger cat called Miffy, which they had from a kitten, but it eventually went blind and her sonHarold, and friend Joe Holdsworth took it to be put down, but it escaped from the shopping bag and came back home, so Harold refused to take it back.


She continued work even until the Monday, the day before being admitted to hospital on Tuesday, where she died the following Sunday, 3rd July, 1960 of an undiagnosed heart condition.  She was buried in Ridgmont Cemetery, Horwich.






Birth Certificate


Death Certificate


Notes from daughter Margaret


Horwich Parish Church records

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