Ralph Rooney 1862-1949

Ralph Rooney 1862-1949

Ralph Rooney 1862-1949

Ralph Rooney 1862-1949

This sculpture, along with two others of local heroes, stands at Woolfold Bridge, on the Kirklees Trail.

Ralph Rooney was a much loved local character, well known in Tottington and the surrounding district as a long distance walker, naturalist and councillor. He was born in 1862 and began working at the weaving mill in Tottington at the age of 10. After 44 years as a mill worker, he took up the position of under-gardener at Croich Hey, Hawkshaw, where hundreds of adults and children experienced his kindness and hospitality on visiting his spotless little cottage, way up Hawkshaw Lane, on the edge of the West Pennine Moors.

A life-long walker, Ralph was particularly fond of Lancashire, which he regarded as the best of all counties, being rich in Roman and early English history.

Grid Reference - SD790120

Taken - 02/02/2014
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Location:
Woolfold Bridge, Kirklees Valley Trail, Bury, Gtr Manchester
Photographer:
Stephen Dutch