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Old 15-08-2008, 21:06   #1
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Bell's Temperance

This was the name of a Working Men's Club which didn't serve ale. Started in the 1880s, it had a cup-winning football team made up of local lads. Can anyone come up with a photo please. The man behind the name was william Bell, a temperance speaker who toured the country(mostly the North) and who was the inspiration for a small group of Accy lads to form the club. There was about this time an Accrington Temperance Society.
I once won an essay competition that a visiting temperance speaker in the library (1954ish) organised. I didn't write on temperance though. Maybe I was the only entrant.
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Old 15-08-2008, 21:10   #2
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The building is still there on Nuttall St.
I have a medal from the "bells temperence competition" 1908, team who won it was Accrington white star, you come across anything about them?
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Old 15-08-2008, 21:32   #3
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They used to play on the "Bells field" which is/was behind Highams I was told
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Old 15-08-2008, 22:05   #4
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This field, named because the team played there, was on what is now |belfield rd. I think this is coincidental, as belfield was the name of the house in Rochdale where the Royds lived. Most of thre street in Woodnook have Royds or Nuttall families connections.

KSH - your medal is as scarce as rocking horse muck.
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Old 15-08-2008, 23:17   #5
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Ave toud thee afore Bob Dobson, that my fayther played football on Bells Field when he were a lad, befour fost world war, the field itself wur weer the houses now are, on the right as you go up Belfield Rd, just higher up than where the old St Mary's school was.

On the old street map I have dated 1863, its one of the streets marked in red not yet built on, and it was named Robert Nuttal St then.

Let me know when your next in the library and I will bring it and show you.

What puzzles me is that streets were named then, 30 years beforer some of them were built, although some of those named were never known as such.

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Old 27-11-2009, 12:51   #6
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Did you ever find a photo?
I've come across one recently that was amongst some old family photo's, I'm 99% certain that my great grandfather is one of the players on this photo
What do you think? same person?

I originally thought this was a photo of Accrington Stanley, I think this has been ruled out now, so it could possibly be Accrington White Star or another team that Robert played for that I don't know about.
1 thing that seemed strange at 1st was its a postcard, then looking through a lot more of the old photo's we found quite a few were post cards, a lot were personal photo's, was this a technique they used "in thowd days"
Heres the photo, in a bit of a bad way, seems to have got wet/damp at some stage, I'm going to see how much I can restore when I get time, not an hour of a job this one

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Old 27-11-2009, 21:54   #7
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At the National Football Museum, Preston is a researcher called Peter Holme. He might be in a position to help you. Sent me a copy to my home address ( landypublishing@yahoo.co.uk) and I will send it to him. It would help Peter if you could say when your g/g/father was biorn, and thus when he was playing football.
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Old 28-11-2009, 11:01   #8
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Cheers, I'll try and find his D.O.B and I'll get back to you on this
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Old 30-03-2020, 18:01   #9
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Hi to all,

I am new to this thread and found it as I was trying to find out if anyone could help identify a player called A Warburton who played for Bells Temperance in 1886. He was a runner up in the Accrington & District Cup that year, or if anyone knows what became of the cup competition. Thank you for any help regarding the team, the history, the cup history, etc, it is truly appreciated. I just happen to have that medal.

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