This part of the site contains articles about the Tuson family that origintated in west Lancashire in the fourteenth century and then mainly developed as farmers for several generations in the area south of Preston around Penwortham, Hutton and Longton.
My own part of the family moved in the second half of the nineteenth century to the industrialised area of Failsworth, and later Hollinwood, in Manchester.
You may click in the green area to the left, or on the underlined words, to go to the various articles in this area.
The first item on the site - Tuson Origins - discusses the family up to the end of the eighteenth century, when industrial cotton-spinning was starting to affect Preston. The second - James Tuson of Longton - describes the life and times of James Tuson, who became a prosperous yeoman farmer with significant property, including the nine cottages of 'Tuson Row' (now called Hutton Row) in Hutton. The third article - Richard Tuson of Brindle - is about James' son, Richard, and his wife Betty. They farmed at Hutton and then Brindle, and produced a numerous family, some of whom ran the Bay Horse inn at Whittle-le-Woods for many years.
The article on William Tuson of Failsworth
is about my great grandfather who became a master clogger. He moved from Brindle to Failsworth, between Manchester and Oldham, where he set up a successful clogging and boot- and shoe-repair business. He had three wives, by the second of whom he had three sons.
The oldest of William's sons - Dick Tuson of Hollinwood
- who was my grandfather, established his business in Hollinwood, a district of Oldham. He was a hard-working 'man's man
' who looked after his family well but enjoyed retreating at night to the company of his friends. Dick ran a car and took the family to what were then interesting holiday destinations.
was my mother. The article is a twentieth century story of a middle-class English woman who had always to deal with the after-effects of poliomyelitis that she contracted as an infant. She experienced the difficult 1930s, the Second World War, the austerity of the 1950s and then improving material conditions. She married Leslie Dunkerley
and brought up two children. After the 'swinging sixties
' - largely a bafflement to her - and the depredations of the inflationary 1970s she enjoyed increasingly adventurous holidays abroad, for example to Norway, Ireland, Spain and Brazil. Irene's world was one where the traditional values of the family, decency and honour - largely as projected througth the Church of England - still prevailed and provided a code by which one could live a fulfilling life. She would have described herself as 'very lucky
'. She died in 2005 happy to have four grandchildren.