John’s life, as he led it day by day

At Todmorden Hall, John Fielden’s home, a small group gathered to celebrate the publication of his “Day Book” which details his daily transactions during the last 11 years of his life.

This John Fielden, born at Bottomley in Walsden, was buried in the Quaker graveyard at Shewbroad, alongside his wife Tamar. A substantial yeoman clothier, as a landlord he owned land, dwellings and Wadsworth Fulling Mill and was also a tenant of Gauxholme Corn Mill. A Quaker minister, he upheld the law and was an active townsman.

The book was carefully transcribed by John S. Chadwick, whose widow, Madeline, made the original and its transcript available for use. Freda and Malcolm Heywood prepared John’s transcript for print, checking it against the original book and attempting to remain faithful to it and the original spellings. Richard Storah facilitated the photographing of original pages onto a disk.

At the launch, a toast to John and Tamar Fielden was proposed by Douglas Wilson, who is a descendant of the Fieldens. Mayor and Mayoress Coun Richard and the Rev Sandy White received a book on behalf of the town from Madeline Chadwick.

The book, limited to 200 copies, is available from: Todmorden Information Centre; Border Books, Todmorden; The Book Case, Hebden Bridge; Wade’s Bookshop, Halifax; and Kelsall’s Bookshop, Littleborough.