52 residents in 52 weeks #14 Thomas Harvey

World War 1 continued its relentless toll.

Private, 44257, 1st Bn Loyal North Lancashires, d 2/10/1918 aged 34 (RFP has 36).
Commemorated A 46 Senquehart 1.
Address 1911 3 Lodge Fold, carter, married, no children.
CWGC 'husband of Mary Harvey, 5 Cherry Tree Cottages, Cloughfold'. Interesting as in the census he is spouse of Margaret Jane and I can’t find a ‘Cherry Tree Cottages’ in Cloughfold…

Sadly he died in Oct 1918, just over a month before armistice. Could (or should) that have been different?
He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.He was the son of Charles Harvey (Coal Dealer, of Cross Farm, Dobbin Lane) and his wife Ellen.

Thomas Harvey married Margaret Jane Brierley q4 1909 in Haslingden district. A Thomas Harvey did marry Mary Wibden in Haslingden reg district in q2 1915. Mary Wibden (b~1883) was living with her family in 49 Merry Trees, Cloughfold in 1911 and that definitely does exist…but I can’t find a death for Margaret Jane and Cloughfold is too small a community to live bigamously! Unless she is the one who died in Prestwich in 1913 age 24? What would she be doing there? Was she in the asylum by any chance? Sorry but I’m not going to buy a certificate to find out…


Lodge Fold, where Thomas lived in 1911, was the farm and barn just south of Springhill. Sections dated from C17 and it it thought to have been the barn in which the dissenting congregation were granted a licence to worship in 1672.

This census is the first indication I have come across that the buildings were subdivided.

It was demolished in 1936 to permit road widening as the increasing volume of traffic was finding the corner in Higher Cloughfold Village very tight. Given the speed of traffic round the widened corner today, many wished they had left it as it was…