Whilst conducting research for The Sandstone Ridge Trust into The Bloody Bones Cave near Raw Head, Trust volunteer Dave Trevor uncovered a number of information sources that (whilst publicly available) did not appear to have been previously used by local historians. They cast fresh light onto the nefarious activities of early 19th century criminal gangs in the Broxton Hundred, especially around Tattenhall and Harthill. Established accounts and legends about their deeds may need modifying as a result of these recent findings. The names of some gang members are known, which should be of interest to local genealogists and historians. It has become clear that at the same time as America’s untamed frontier was being pushed westwards by European settlers, Cheshire had its very own Wild West, complete with a pioneering lawman dedicated to bringing the outlaws up in ‘them thar hills’ to justice!
Dave is a retired high school teacher who works for West Cheshire Museums as a Miller at Stretton Watermill in the summer months, and (with his wife Chris) presents workshops on The Stone Age around the North West and beyond, under the banner 10,000 Years BC (www.10000yearsbc.co.uk).
Date: Sunday, 20th May
Venue: The Barbour Institute, Tattenhall, CH3 9PX
Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Ticket Price: £5.00