Samuel Laycock

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Samuel Laycock (1826–1893) was a dialect poet who recorded in verse the vernacular of the Lancashire cotton workers. He was born on 17 January 1826 at Intake Head, Pule Hill, Marsden, West Yorkshire, the son of John Laycock, a hand-loom weaver. He had no formal education apart from Sunday school and a few months at a local school. In 1837, when the family moved to Stalybridge, Cheshire, he worked ... more »

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Mi Gronfeyther

'Aw 'VE just bin a havin' a peep at th' farm-heawse
Wheer mi gronfeyther lived at so long ;
So aw'll draw eawt a bit ov a sketch o' th' owd spot,
An' work it up into a song.
An' furst let me tell yo' aw 'm sorry to foind
'At th' place isn't same as it wur;
For th' di'mond-shaped windows han o bin pood eawt,
An' they'n ta'en th' wooden latch off o' th' dur.

They'n shifted that seeat wheer mi gronfeyther sat
Ov a neet when he'rn readin' th' Owd Book.
An' aw couldn't foind th' nail wheer he hung up his hat,
Though aw bother'd an' seech'd for't i' th' ...

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