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The Lump "Just on the Ashton border, at Bryn Gates, there used to be a district known to locals as 'Lump' or 'The Lump' and its residents were called Lumpers or Lumpmen. I regarded the Lump as meaning the terraced houses behind the Bryn Hall Hotel, on that side of the road only, and running from approximately the Mains Colliery access road up to the mini council estate around Kintbury Street."
The Lump "Older generations of my family remember the Lump. The Ashton UDC minutes of 1880 refer to it: 'A gully is blocked near Crippins Lump.'" "The notes of Alan Godfrey's 1906 map quotes 'Bryn Hall Collieries ... being worked c.1866 by Crippin and Smethurst...Thereafter Bryn Hall was owned by various members of the Crippin family, and in 1873 William Crippin was sinking new pits here.'" Also I have seen on a census a Crippin living at Bryn Hall. I noticed it because one of my ancestors worked as a servant there.
- David Brown
The Lump "My father-in-law claims to be a lumper; was born and brought up in Beech Tree Houses, A friend of mine who grew up in Redland Court claims to be a lumper. He said a "lumper" is someone who lived on or between 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th street at Bamfurlong where Redland Court is now - that used to be 2nd street."
The Lump I lived in Bolton Rd Bryn Gates (this was not classed as Bamfurlong - that began at Lily lane as far as we were concerned) from 1951 - 1969. In the days of trolley buses, it was common for the conductor to call "lump" when he approached Maines Lane bus stop, not the stop at Brynn Hall Hotel. We regarded the "lump' as that part of Bolton rd between houses Nos 583 (Mrs Griffiths) and Maines Lane.
Hall House Does anyone have any information about Holl or Hole or Hall House? Situated down Locker Lane and under the railway bridge as you look towards Dover Lock. It would have been further on from the Mains Houses. There doesn't seem to be any remains of a house but for anyone interested it might be worth a look around. You can get there through Viridor Wood on the path on the right as you go towards Bamfurlong. I have seen it on many censuses and old maps.
- David Brown
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