Ben Brierley

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Benjamin Brierley (1825 – 18 January 1896), English weaver and writer in Lancashire dialect, was born in Failsworth, the son of humble parents, and started life in a textile factory, educating himself in his spare time. At about the age of thirty he began to contribute articles to local papers, and the republication of some of his sketches of Lancashire character in A Summer Day in Daisy Nook ... more »

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The Wayver Of Wellbrook

Yo gentlemen o with yor heaunds an yor parks,
Yo may gamble an sport till yo dee;
Bo a quiet heause nook, a good wife, an a book,
Is mooar to the likins o mee.
Wi mi pickers an pins,
An my wellers to th shins;
Mi linderins, shuttle, and yealdhook;
Mi treddles an sticks;
Mi weight-ropes an bricks;
What a life!said the wayver o Wellbrook.
Aw care no for titles, nor heauses, nor lond;
Owd Jones a name fittin for me;
An gi me a thatch wi a wooden dur-latch,
An six feet o greaund when aw dee.
Wi mi pickers, etc.
Some folk liken tstuff their owd ...

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