Plaque to James Ogden at Prestwich Church
The Plaque reads:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND THE MEMORY OF
OF HIGHFIELD, PRESTWICH
BORN AUGUST 3RD 1846
DIED APRIL 14TH 1918
THE CLOCK IN THIS TOWER
WAS GIVEN BY HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTERS
Prestwich Church showing the clock donated by James Ogden's wife and daughters
Ogden family grave at Prestwich
SACRED TO THE MEMORY ALSO
JAMES OGDEN CLEMENT BRIDGE
OF HIGHFIELD, PRESTWICH BORN MARCH 22 1882
BORN AUGUST 3RD 1846 DIED FEBRUARY 26TH 1940
DIED APRIL 14TH 1918
"THE ANGELS AT GOD MET HIM" ALSO OF MARY BEATRICE HIS BELOVED WIFE
BORN 23RD MAY 1886, DIED 16TH NOVEMBER 1963
DIED MAY 20TH 1927 AGED 77 YEARS
"HE GIVETH HIS BELOVED SLEEP"
ARTHUR OGDEN BRIDGE
OF STYAL, CHESHIRE
DIED JANUARY 2ND 1947
AGED 30 YEARS
Clough Farm, Prestwich,
Home to Emma Knott in 1861 with her parents James & Mary, and sisters Elizabeth, Mary & Margaret.
Picture of Clough Farm, Prestwich in 1885.
Clough Farm, 2006.
Letter to Emma Knott
Letter to Emma Knott (aged 20) from the rector congratulating her on passing her examinations. Emma Knott was living with her parents at Clough Farm, Prestwich in the 1860s. She was subsequently to marry James Ogden and have a daughter Mary who was David & Arthur Bridge's mother.
Transcript of letter
Jan 22nd 1870
Dear Emma Knott,
I am very glad indeed to hear by your letter received this morning, that you have passed your examinations so successfully. It is very exciting both to yourself and Miss Hulme, and I sincerely hope that you may prosper during your residence at Warrington. You must try to maintain the honour of your native village, and to gain fresh distinction. That a much happier lot is yours than that of many girls, who at your time of life throw off all restraint, and think only of amusement and dress.
By God's helping a useful career is now before you. That he may vouchsafe his blessing, and keep you in the path of virtue, from that so many young women go astray, is the heartfelt wish of your rector,
Henry M Birch
Highfield, Glebelands Road, Prestwich
Highfield was the house where James Ogden and Emma Ogden nee Knott lived.
It has been knocked down and a modern complex of flats has been built called 'Highfield Gardens'. Only the gate post remains from the original Highfield.
Highfield, Circa 1920
Highfield Gardens, 2006, showing original gatepost
Meadehurst. 33 Glebelands Road, Prestwich
House built by James Ogden for his daughter Mary Ogden and her husband Clement Bridge. It is next door to Highfield
David Bridge lived there until he was 5 (1928-29). It is now vacant.
Bridge House, Dobcross
Home of Henry Platt born 1793 who was the founder of Platt Bros.
Bridge House comprises of 6 separate dwellings. The engineering works would have occupied the right section of the building.
Mug showing Platt's Yacht 'Norseman' sailing down the Manchester Ship Canal.
Platt Lane, Dobcross
Between 1928 and 1940 (age 5 to 17) David Bridge was brought up at Longmeade by his parents Clement & Mary (nee Ogden) along with his brother Arthur.
Longmeade, circa 1935
The original Longmeade has now been demolished to make way for a housing estate.
Longmeade Gardens, 2006.