Introduction

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Cheshire is full of weird and wonderful stories of the supernatural, local heores and the mysterious.
I will take you on a tour as I look deep into the Cheshire that lies underneath the wonderful countryside and find the secrets that still hide there.
What magic and long lost secrets will we find?
So, sit back and enjoy my journey. This is a land of Magic, Knights, Dragons, Wizards, Witches, Boggarts, Murder, Ghosts and Old Forgotten Knowledge.


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Thursday, 13 August 2009

Hannah Wright

The year was 1791. Times were hard and many children and adults lived in Workhouses. These poor people wouldhave had no where else to go. They would have been the lowest of the low.





People ended up in workhouses for different reasons. A lot of women ended up there because their husband may hae died and the house in which they lived may have been part of his job (ie gamekeeper). Landlords would evict the woman and children and replace them with the next employe and their families, sometimes within a week of the death. The woman would have to leave on very short notice and she would only be able to leave with anything she could carry. How would you feel to be suddenly be kicked out of your home with such short notice with nowhere else to go. Some children would be sent to the workhouse by their mothers while they found work and somewhere else to live. If times were hard, children were sent to the workhouse by both parents if they could not afford to feed them anymore. Even whole families would enter these workhouses when they couldnt afford a place to live or find work.



These large buildings were mostly full of diease and dirty. Meals were poor. A bed was something you dreamt about. Families were split up, men, women and children lived in seperate parts of the building. Many people were used as slaves in the local town and this was perhapes the case in this story.



This was poor Hannah's fate. She was twenty years old and she worked in the town's cotton mill. She would then return to the workhouse. She would have worked twelve hours or more each day or night. She may have worked there from an early age or been brought in from another area against her will.



But at the later part of 1790, Hannah disappeared and no one knew if she had runaway or something had happened to her. She would not have been a healthy lady and we do know she had small pox.



On January 18th, 1791, a notice was placed about Hannah. It read : A FEW MONTHS AGO, FROM THE COTTON MANUFACTORY IN NANTWICH, IN THE COUNTY OF CHESTER ... HANNAH WRIGHT, AN INDENTURED APPRENTICE TO RALPH FOGG, AGED ABOUT TWENTY YEARS, TALL IN PERSON AND RATHER LUSTY, OF A LIGHT COMPLEXION, AND VERY MUCH PITTED WITH THE SMALL-POX. IT IS PRESUMED SHE IS WORKING IN SOME COTTON MANUFACTORY AS A JENNY SPINNER. ANY PERSON GIVING INFORMATION WHERE THE SAID HANNAH WRIGHT MAY BE FOUND, SHALL RECEIVE A REWARD OF TEN GUINEAS BY APPLYING TO THE SAID MANUFACTORY, OR TO RALPH FOGG, COTTON MERCHANT IN MANCHESTER. IT IS EXPECTED THAT NO PERSON WILL RETAIN THE SAID APPRENTICE IN HIS SERVICE AFTER THIS NOTICE.

JANUARY 18, 1791







What happened to Hannah Wright and why offer a reward for her?

Maybe we will never find out but I would like to think she ended up with a better life.

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