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.