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Frederick Rose Papers

Date range: c.1960–2007.

Taught by A.J.P. Taylor in the 1930s, Frederick Rose (1914–2007) graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in English and History in 1935.

After wartime service in the Intelligence Corps, he dedicated over thirty years to a career in teaching in the Blackburn and Darwen area of his native Lancashire.

Rose was widely and affectionately known amongst his community as the dialect poet Mick O’Pleasington and he produced pamphlets such as ‘Swillin’t Flags’: A Selection of Dialect Poetry, which was illustrated by his daughter Margaret, and poems for publication in the local press.

Passionate about the preservation of Lancashire dialect, which he referred to as ‘Eaur Heritage’, he undertook a study of its history which is entitled Lancashire Dialect – Our Heritage: A Study of the Blackburn Dialect 1920–1960.

The papers generated as part of the process of this original research were presented to the Library by his wife Daphne Rose shortly after his death in 2007. The collection also contains copies of his own poems and sound recordings of him performing them.

Finding aids

Uncatalogued.

Location

The John Rylands Library

Using the reading rooms in the John Rylands Library

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