The History of

WINSFORD and DISTRICT ANGLING ASSOCIATION
established 1908

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Every effort has been made to decipher the reports but some of the handwriting is illegible.
  Sensitive omissions are inevitable. A hash tag after names indicates illegible writing.
Venue names will be as written (modern place names in brackets). Transcribed from the
original minutes (some copies supplied by the Winsford local history society).
O S survey maps courtesy of
National Library of Scotland.

Part 2

[Winsford anglers association 1908-1918]

Maps OS1 WHARTON 1911

Maps OS2 NEWBRIDGE 1911

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....................The banks of the Weaver Valley in 1882 showing all the salt workings and rail lines.
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1908
       On the invitation of the Winsford angling society a meeting was held at the Guildhall.
The Local Weaver angling society and the Wharton angling society were asked to send delegates to the meeting with the object of forming an association for the purpose of stocking the waters in which each club had permission to fish. The delegates were asked to bring the matter before a general meeting of their members to see if they were agreeable to forming an association and to bring a sum of 2d per month for the forward year. Another meeting was fixed to hear the delegates report and for other issues if necessary. It was in agreement that prices of coarse fish and arrangements should be obtained. Another meeting took place at the Guildhall on Saturday 16th February but owing to a misunderstanding it had to be postponed. It was arranged to hold it at the Wharton angler’s society house on the 20th March. A meeting took place on the 20th March at the Wharton angler’s society house and the following delegates attended.............................     
For Winsford anglers ……………….J. Corbett, W. Bennett, J.Salon,                                             For Local Weaver anglers..................E. Dean, G. Phillips,G. Dodd.
For Wharton anglers..................E. Newall, G. Dunning, G. Dodd. 
           The delegates reported that they had brought the question of a fee of 2d per month
before their members and each of them was in favor of same. It was then decided to form an
association to be called the Winsford Anglers Association. The following were elected to the
positions below............
Chairman G.Phillips, Vice chairman E.Newall, Treasurer J.Corbett,
Secretary W.Bennett
Committee G.Eaton, J.Baker, G.Dunning, E.Dean, G.Dodd,
    The following minutes were passed- ‘that the secretary write to Major Willbraham,
LUMMING BROTHERS#, W.Sanwich# and Mrs. Newall  to the association having the sole rights for the fishing and the members access through their land. That each club pays sub the Association funds one quarter contribution for each of their members on the books. That the next meeting be at the Local Weaver house on Monday 2nd April.

2ND April @ Local Weaver house.  Chair John Dunning.  It was arranged that the June match is to be below Newbridge locks.  The secretary reported writing to the persons arranged at the last meeting, no reply had been received from W.Sanwich# or the Lumming# brothers. Mrs Newall replied as to the tenant. The award would grant us the sole right of fishing provided we looked after trespassers. Major Willbraham replied that he thought he could make a satisfactory arrangement with us and would write fully in a few days.  The next meeting is to be called by the secretary at the earliest Wednesday after hearing from Major Willbraham.
9th April  The secretary produced the agreement he had received from Major Willbraham in regard to the fishing rights.
4th June Prizes for the match on the 27th June are announced
Messrs Gough….A silver cup and a medal
Messrs Summerfields… a rod...to the value of 5/-
A.Griffiths…a sheald …to the value of 2/6
A.Clarke…a bottle of whiskey …to the value of 2/0

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1909
6th Jan
A reference to obtaining 200 6” brown trout, unknown location.
8th Feb New member G.Smith.
March  Major Willbraham was sent a letter thanking him for offering the rent paid back in prizes.
19 July  The association wrote to E. Sandy at Northwich with a view to renting ‘a’ water at Wimboldsley.
Proposal that all that fish in the next match have a bait can and that all fish that are still alive to be returned to the water, carried. Proposal that the person that carried the scales be paid a shilling, carried. Proposal to meet with Crewe amalgamated anglers to see what they are going to do with the stocking of the weaver, carried.
August  @ Dierden street school. Members present messrs  Sandbach, Hough, Eaton, Corbett, Dunning.
30th September  @ Dierden street school, regarding  stockings. 5 clubs involved each club to pay £2 towards stocking, chub, white dace and roach dace.
November   Proposed that we get a net and take some of our own fish out of the flashes? Meeting Dierden St School, with Crewe delegate meeting J B Littledale# regarding water from Lea green bridge to Minshull Vernon.
December   Proposed that we call the Winsford federation the winsford and crewe association, carried.  Proposed that each member pay 3d per head for netting of the flashes, carried. Cup winner S Atherton President J B Littledale, Vice E Gandy, Chairman S Hemmings, Secretary J Dunning, Treasurer J Corbett. It is proposed that we hold a general meeting annually and that it must be held in Winsford in January.

....................one of many remnants.rottedwood of the old salt workings
1910
February   Closed season trout 30th sept to 15th march. Date set for bottom? flash netting 16th April 1910.
9th April @ dierden street school. Netting of the flashes, the fish netted are to be taken up river by boat. All fish that are not required up river are to be returned to the water. Committee is to be made up of 2 members from each club.
May  Netters paid 6d per hour to a maximum of 7 hours. Proposed that the net be lent out to members of Winsford and Crewe association?
Proposed that Mr Pickstock be paid 5/- per year for looking after the net and that wherever the net goes Mr Pickstock must go with it.
June   @ Dierden st school. Proposed we pay H Baker for making a wire netting basket for keeping fish alive. Match arranged for the canal at Clive Bridge.  Pollution in the flashes, society to write to Mrs. Newall regarding the pollution.
September   Mr Hoole paid 1/- for pegging out the match. Cup for the match to be held for 12 months and it be the property of Crewe and Winsford angling association.
November   Letters to be sent to Warrington anglers over fishing on Mr Hollinshead land and a letter to Major Willbraham over shooting on the flashes with a view to having it stopped.
1911
11th January AGM  Chairman S Hemmings, Secretary J Dunning, Treasurer J Corbett. The permit colour is to be green, and 1000 printed.  Letter to be sent to the secretary of Middlewich angling over stocking of the water of the alkali c/o#  1910 cup winner Mr Weedall.
April   Middlewich angling society joined the association, £1 entry fee.
September   Major Wilbraham was paid £1.
1912
Chairman S Hemming, Secretary J Dunning, Treasurer John Corbett.  
July   @ Railway hotel (now the Brighton belle). Mr. Newton approached regarding fishing off his land. Notice board to be put up on the River Weaver. Withdrawal of the privilege tickets arranged between Warrington and the Winsford Crewe and Middlewich Association.

...... ..site of Woods salt works and .pipe Bates iron foundry
December   Next year’s match will be at Hartford stone bridge. It is proposed that all committee members names are called out at every meeting.
1913
March   @ Lord Hood (now gone) Middlewich, Crewe cards held until they pay up.         
26th April   @ Railway hotel. Mr. S. Hemmings occupied the chair. Members present were mess’s   S. Atherton, G. Andrews, J. Bowyer, W. Brown, J. Cotton, J.Corbett, H. Dunning, P. Hoole, J. Jackson, R. Parsons, and J. Sandbach. On opening the meeting the chairman stated that this meeting had been specially called to accept the resignation of the secretary Mr. J. Dunning, and said that on account of not being able to find time to do the duties Mr. Dunning was compelled to resign the office, after some little discussion the resignation was accepted with regret.  The next business was to elect a secretary for the remaining portion of the year when Mr. W. Brown  was unanimously elected.
14th June @ Old Vaults hotel. It was moved and seconded that we receive Mr. Brown’s resignation owing to other duties being imposed on him. S. Hemmings will be the secretary for the ensuing year. P. Hoole will be the chairman for the ensuing year.
6th December  @ Railway hotel, proposed that H. Dunning be the chairman for the ensuing year.  J. Jackson to be the treasurer for the ensuing year. Next year’s annual cup match is to be on the Shropshire union canal at Clive farm.
1914
18th March  @ North Western Hotel. The question was raised of the white dace closed season be from 1st Jan to 1st May and that the old rule be adhered to and that any member breaking this rule will be fined 5 shillings or expelled. It was moved that the North Western Hotel be our headquarters and that our property belonging to the association be kept there.

.................................This is the last meeting in our records until 1923

.......................................................1914- 1918 THE GREAT WAR

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Reports and meetings stop………… Two of the Weaver steam barges (generally called ‘packets’) the Albion and Dolphin were commandeered and sent to
Scapa Flow, Orkney to assist. Both of the vessels survived and returned to service
on the river weaver, albeit slightly modified…………… 'Around 1500 of Winsfords lads volunteered at the Drill hall, the hall couldn’t cope with the numbers so schools were also used, and on the fifth day of the declaration of war (August 9th) those Winsford lads, known as the Winsford Territorial’s, after spending the night at the Drill Hall and schools, went off through the town to fight for King and country, and at the end of the conflict there were an estimated 247 Winsford men killed'.  Of these, it’s difficult to pin down former members of the association; however, amongst a lot of similar/same names on the cenotaph memorial and confusing entries in census records and in text books available a few may have appeared…………..
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......................AN INCOMPLETE LIST OF MEMBERS AND OFFICIALS 1898-1914
G.HALLMARK, W.WARILS, SAM ATKINSON, E.HANCOCK, ARTHUR LEDWARDS, JOSEPH BAKER, ALF HITCHEN, JOS HITCHEN, ELIJAH HITCHEN, SAM HITCHEN, J.SALON,  J.CORBETT, M.ROYSTON, OLIVER TWISS, JOHN DUTTON, D.McKELVIE ,F.CURZON, A.HANSON, E.HASSALLS, W.ROES,SAM BENNETT,W.BENNET,GEORGE TAYLOR, JOHN PROPHET, WILLIAM DAVIES, JOHN TOLLEY, HARRY OAKES , ALF OAKES, J.PHILLIPS, E.ASTLES, SAM BLACKBURN, MR STUBBS, MR ROBINSON, ROY McDEAN, PHILIP STONELY, G.BURROWS, ALF HICKSON, W.GAUNT, G.GATON, J.MADDEW, JOSIAH BREWYER, J.FLETCHER, E.FLETCHER, E.HOWARTH, JOHN FOWLER, JAMES TAYLOR, JAMES CARTER,  JOSEPH CARTER, RALPH SANKEY, JAMES DODD, G.DODD, ENOCH HILDITCH, , MARK MILES, JOE SMALLWOOD, A.HARDMAN, G.KENNERLY, JOHN MORT, MR ARMATIGE, SYDNEY BROOKS, J.SALON, E.DEAN, G.PHILLIPS, E.NEWALL, G.DUNNING, J.CORBETT, H.BAKER, ALFRED PERCIVAL, JOHN BURGESS, J. SANDBACH,SAM BROOKES, MR HOUGH, P.HOOLE,  G.ANDREWS, S.ATHERTON, S.HEMMINGS, J.JACKSON, , JO JOYNSON,  J.BOWYER,  W.BROWN, J.COTTON,  R.PARSONS, G.EATON, MR PICKSTOCK, G.WEEDALL, ISAAC WEEDALL, F.YOUNG, MR. GALLEY, MR. STEVENSON, W.FODEN, MR.COLEY, MR.JONES, JOHN HULSE, SAM HULSE, JOHN FOWLES, G.FOWLES. JOS HEATON, SAMUAL LOWE, GEORGE TAYLOR, J.STONELY, Mr BATEMAN, Mr HAYWOOD, Mr RATHBONE.

G H Fowles, of 247 High Street,Winsford, a member since 1904.Private George Henry Fowles 18875 of the 2nd South Lancashire’s, died on the 13th July 1916 at Ovillers, age unknown, body lost. His name is on the Thiepval memorial to the missing.

Harry Oakes, of 142 Gladstone Street,Winsford, a boiler riveter, a member since 1901. Private Harry Oakes 36576, of the 10th Cheshire’s, died on the 18th October 1916 at the Somme, aged 40, body lost. His name is on the Thiepval memorial to the missing.

Walter Brown, of 13 School Road, Wharton,Winsford, a recent member, a railway clerk who stood as secretary in 1913 but was forced to withdraw from the position within two months in June due to other duties being imposed upon him.  Gunner Walter Brown 112976 of the Royal Garrison Artillery died on the 8th February 1917, aged 25, having been married the previous November; his grave is in the Communal Cemetery Extension at Bailleul, France.

Joseph Baker, of 3 Hill Street,Winsford, a member since 1898. Private J Baker 242349 of the 2/6th Lancashire Fusiliers died at a casualty clearing station at Coxyde , 11th July 1917 aged 37, and is buried at a cemetery near Ypres.

John Joseph Hitchen, of 47 Hill Street,Winsford, a possible member since 1898. Private J Joss Hitchen W/285, of the 11th Cheshire’s, died in the German March offensive 22nd March 1918, age unknown, body lost. His name is on the Arras memorial. (Is j jos 17 in 1911 re census?IF he is , then he would be a junior member possibly related to one of the below)
*although a John Hitchin appears in 1923 records, on 5th Feb 1898 referred to
as Jos Hitchen *

Alf Hitchen, details unknown.

William  Alfred  Davies , of 134 Weaver Street, Winsford, a member since 1898. Lance Corporal Davies 33207 of the 15th Cheshire regiment killed in action on the 25th May 1918, age unknown. Buried at Varennes on the Somme.

Sam Hitchen , address unknown, age unknown, 50466, l/corporal 12th Kings Liverpool Regiment, died 24th july 1918. Buried in the Villers Station Cemetary, Villers-au-Bois.

Mr. Jones , details unknown.
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...................LIST OF LAND OWNERS AND WATERS LEASED 1898-1914

MAJOR HUGH EDWARD WILLBRAHAM of DELAMERE/WEAVER HALL leased the association the Flashes.
COLONEL HAYHURST of BOSTOCK HALL leased the association the River Dane.
SIR JOHN VERDIN of VALE ROYAL ABBEY leased the association the waters at Vale Royal.
LUMMING BROTHERS#,  leased unknown, probably Weaver.
 D.SANWICH#, leased unknown, probably Weaver.

MRS NEWALL of WHARTON HALL leased the association the Flashes,and took in refugees from Ypres. Mrs. Newall lost her son Jack in the war,
Sub Lieutenant JACK HAINSWORTH MAXWELL NEWALL, Drake Bn, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, killed in action November 13th 1916 aged 21, Battle of the Somme, during an attack on Beaucourt. Buried at Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme.

I have no doubt missed out a lot. And spelling/legibility of the records is dubious. As is the census of 1901 and 1911. Hence the difficulty in isolating members from the records.  A look at the names on the cenotaph will see a lot of the member’s surnames shown, more than likely relatives of members

poppy
If any members have any further information to add to this article
please contact the association via email at cwadaa@yahoo.com
copyright winsford&district anglers association 2018

direct reference
Winsford Angling Society minutes..1898-1908
Winsford and District Angling Association minutes.1908-1998

reference material
A cheshire parish at war..............Ann Clayton
Winsford......................................J.B.Curzon
Vale Royal.........................local history group
The Winsford & Over Branch...........R.W.Miller
The Weaver Watermen................T.S.Lightfoot
Where the fallen live forever......Potts & Marks

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