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Wigan Dialect

A Collection of Lancashire Dialect Poems, Phrases & Sayings from around the Wigan Area.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Mi Kin
 
Mi Kin

It starts wi greyt grandad, Thomas.
Gradely owd fettler e wuz.
Ad'nt an hair on his yed.
Un yet ad a face full er fuzz.

He abided in Flora St, Ashton.
Born 1863
Gett'n wed to a wench cawd Eliza
Then startid their family.

Then there's greyt grandma, Eliza.
A dressmaker but it has for be said.
As a wench her neyer ad school'in.
Her at sign an X when her wed.

1883 they geet married.
Un Eliza continued fot sew.
As usual they had lots er childer
One of um, they christened him Joe.

Joe turned eawt bi mi grandfayther.
A coalminer us warked on't coal face
Loved his flat cap un his baccow.
It wuz him us wuz married to Ace

Ace wuz Esther mi grandmother,
Mi grandfayther, he cawd her "Ace"
A typical Darby un Joan they were
They even warked at same place.

1918 they geet wed.
Start'in a family proved slow.
Six childer they had, five of um dee'd
Thonely survivor was Joe.

He too turned eawt be a pitmon.
Deawn Maypole, He made a start.
Just like moo'ist miners, Joe liked a pint
Un its said he could throw a good dart.

Mi dad married mi mam who wuz Ellen.
A wench us lived in't same street
Ere's a photo of Ellen
It's thonely good picture av geet.

1926 they gett'n married.
They were wed for 33 years.
Ellen turned eawt be a welder.
Un then an auxilary nurse.

Four bonney Childer had Ellen and Joe
Especially chile't number three.
A nice likkle lad they cawd Jeffrey.
And Jeffrey turned eawt fot be me.

Neaw ere's me as a likkle lad.
In 1953.
A lorr er waaters gone under't bridge
Since 1863

My Kin (Translation)

It starts with great grandad, Thomas.
Nice old man, he was
Had'nt an hair on his head.
And yet had a face full of fuzz.

He abided in Flora St, Ashton.
Born 1863
Got wed to a girl called Eliza
Then started their family.

Then there is great grandma, Eliza.
A dressmaker but it has to be said.
As a girl she never had schooling.
She had to sign an X when she wed.

1883 they got married.
And Eliza continued to sew.
As usual they had lots of children.
One of them, they christened him Joe.

Joe turned out be my grandfather.
A coalminer that worked the coal face
Loved his flat cap and tobacco.
It was him that was married to Ace

Ace was Esther my grandmother,
My grandfather, he called her "Ace"
A typical Darby and Joan they were
They even worked at same place.

1918 they got married.
Starting a family proved slow.
Six children they had, five of them died.
The only survivor was Joe.

He too turned out to be a pit man.
Down the Maypole pit, he made a start.
Just like most miners, Joe liked a pint.
And its said he could throw a good dart.

My dad married my mam who was Ellen.
A girl that lived in the same street
Here's a photo of Ellen
It's the only good picture I've got. (geet)

1926 they got married.
They were married for 33 years.
Ellen turned out to be a welder.
And then an auxiliary nurse.

Four lovely children had Ellen and Joe.
Especially the child, number three.
A nice little boy they called Jeffrey.
And Jeffrey turned out to be me.

Now here's me as a little boy.
In 1953.
A lot of waters gone under the bridge
Since 1863

 

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