Lowton Man a Founder of America

Longevity in Lowton

Winwick Church Epitaph

A Foul House at Lowton

Scarlet Fever Outbreak 1875

Hydrophobia at Lowton

Freak of Nature at Croft


Lowton Man a Founder of America

One of the worthy men who became a founder of America was Richard Mather son of Thomas and Margaret Mather of Lowton. In 1635 he emigrated to New England, and became the progenitor of a long line of Puritan diviners of his name. He was one of the editors of a translation of the Psalms which was published by Daye in 1640 and was the first book ever printed in America. He died at Windsor Connecticut 1662. In his journal that records his removal to America he says - "We came to Warrington April 16th 1635 and to Bristol April 23rd, and had a healthy, prosperous and safe voyage all the way, taking but easy journeys because of women and footmen, despatching 119 to 120 miles in seven days" In a note to the above by his grandson Cotton Mather, he states that his ancestor used to change his apparel to avoid the persuviants who were in pursuit of him at the time. At the time he emigrated he was the minister of the Chapel in Toxteth Park. His house in Mather Lane, Lowton in which he was born in 1596 is still standing (1869). The letters R M appear in the brickwork on the gable.


Longevity in Lowton

Mrs Banks of Lowton died in 1863 aged 85 years, she was the widow of the late Edward Barnes landlord of the Rams Head, Lowton, where she had spent the greater part of her life from childhood. Her mothers family were the Leathers of Lowton many of which have been remarkable in their longevity. She herself had buried four in one grave in Lowton churchyard whose stone bears the following record.

Henry Leather died 2 February 1828 age 91 years

John Leather died 3 April 1839 aged 79 years

James Leather died 31 August 1855 aged 80 years

Robert Leather died 21 August 1859 age 89 years

It is not known if she was confined a whole day in her bed all her life, she came down and died at the breakfast table without any illness. She was also regarded as the living history and biography of Lowton, and she had often been approached by many local historians.


The following epitaph was once to be found in the graveyard of Winwick Church

Elizabeth ye daughter of John Byrom of Lowton

Departed this life March ye 17th 1680 aged 55

Lived pyous and chaste life: died a maid: left

Ye interest of £50 for the use of ye poor of ye said

Town for ever

Few will be found to follow her example

Live a maid so long and give a stock so ample



The fondness that some people exhibit for animals in their residence was exhibited at Lowton. The nuisance inspector went to a house where he found some 30 fowl in a room downstairs in cages against the wall, while 2 hens were sitting in a cradle by the fire. The occupants had removed the usual stairs, and gained access to the sleeping room by another mode of ascent on going into this room the inspector found some 60 pigeons, From this it may easily be concluded that the cleanliness of the house was not unimpeachable.



There was no decrease in the virulence of the attack of scarlet fever in the town of Lowton in December 1875 in spite of the best precautionary measures being adopted. It was hoped that these actions would stop the disease spreading, and that the outbreak would be of short duration.The outbreak  of the fever had abated by mid January and the schools that had been closed for the duration were cleaned and whitewashed before re-opening.


Hydrophobia at Lowton

 On Sunday the 3 September 1887 a boy named James Hall who was bitten by a dog in Bolton Road, Lowton died from the wound he received. after the occurrence the animal was pursued and was destroyed. In the case of the boy medical assistance was called in but the boy succumbed to hydrophobia.



A Freak of Nature at Croft


A most remarkable freak of nature, one of which the great Barnum would have been proud – is now to be seen free at the General Elliot Hotel. It is a full grown pony that has a complete and fully developed pair of horns curled like those of a ram. If the had been straight they would have measured about a yard from tip to tip. This animal is a veritable curiosity – Never to miss an opportunity the landlord Reginald Owen composed the following dialect poem to advertise his house:-

Sed Billy-o-Jems to Bobby Deean

Thean’s never bin to Croft

An iv’ thean wont consent to goo

Aw’st think thee’rt gradely sorft

There is a pony theer, by th’mass

Ut’s getting two greyt horns;

Theu never seed sich a wond’rous seet

Aw’m sure sin theau wer born

Ther’s a beawlin green, and plezzer graewnds

An stablin’ to fert mare

An iv thean’ll nobutt goo wi me

A’wm sure aw’l mak’ thi stare

So Bobby-o-Jems an Bobby Deean

To th’ Elliot med’ their way

An’th seets uth Bobby seed when theer

He tawks abeawt o’day

Lunches, dinners, teas and every accommodation for picnics Reginald Owen proprietor