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Purring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

Jul 7, 2016 Comments Off on Purring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

Purring – Sport of The People explores the lost histories of clog fighting. The artist Anna FC Smith writes for Northern Soul about the genesis of the show (currently at The Whitaker in Rossendale) and what visitors can expect. 

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Clog Makers

Purring and Parring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

Jan 8, 2016 Comments Off on Purring and Parring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

Believe it or not but naked clog fighting was a mysterious and illegal sport that existed in Northern mining communities for hundreds of years. Now Gallery Oldham is staging an exhibition examining the myths of the brutal underground ‘purring, clogging or Fighting Wigan Fashion’.

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Revolution in the Bedroom at Gallery Oldham

Jul 31, 2014 Comments Off on Revolution in the Bedroom at Gallery Oldham

The game was startling in its simplicity but my 12-year-old son stared at the screen as if bringing an Airbus in to land.

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Brian Clarke Spitfires © Matthew J Graham, 2013

Brian Clarke: Born Oldham 1953

Aug 20, 2013 Comments Off on Brian Clarke: Born Oldham 1953

There can’t be many people who know that the world’s foremost stained glass artist is from Oldham.

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Won't Beautiful Oldham Boom Sam Fitton Cartoon

When Cotton Was King

Aug 3, 2013 Comments Off on When Cotton Was King

Who had more cotton spindles turning than the combined cotton industries of France and Germany in 1913? Oldham, that’s who!

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