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Elijah Ridings


Elijah Ridings 1802 - 1872

Elijah Ridings (Horatio's brother) wrote a book of poetry that contained a considerable chunk of biographical information.

The whole book has been digitized and is available for download click to view

A copy of the book has been passed down through the family to Eliza Ridings, and slipped between its pages were the obituary notices for a few family members. Mike Williams

Dreams and Tears

Dreams, dreams! they haunt me still,
Above my power, beyond my will;
Some are as sweet as morning's light,
Some are as dark as dismal night,
And some are full of grief and pain,
Sans hope to live, or dream again.
One time school teacher, hotel owner, bookshop owner, writer and poet.......

" Mr Ridings is one of a little band, usually known as the Lancashire Poets who have made for themselves a wide celebrity as self educated poets . Ridings has always been.true to the rational political opinions which he early commenced his career. His pale intelligent face,
crowned by grey hairs, though little beyond the midway of life, a quiet and amiable expression, with just such a ray of humour playing about his lips as you would anticipate after reading what he has written."
Manchester Literary Times


Elijah named one of his daughters Esther Garratt - the family were living at
45 Garratt Street Manchester in 1851

Hence we presume Colin Garrett Campbell - Ian's father

In 1861 the family were living in James Henry Street Salford - Elijah - Bookseller

Lancashire & Cheshire: - Calendar of parsons commemorated in Monumental inscriptions, Abstracts of Wills, and Administrations
County: Cheshire
Country: England
Ridings, Elijah, 1872 , Book: Memorials of Bygone Manchester, by Richard Wright Procter, 1880., Page: 200; Julia, 1875 , Book: Memorials o