Beckside Lights

John ACKWORTH (1854 - 1917)

John Ackworth was the pen name of the Rev. Frederick R. Smith, a Methodist minister who was born in Snaith, Yorkshire, but spent much of his career as a circuit preacher in Lancashire. Beckside Lights is the sequel to his popular collection of stories Clog Shop Chronicles. Set in the fictional village of Beckside (said to be somewhere between Manchester and Bolton), the book consists of 12 tales of everyday life in a close-knit Methodist community, which continue with a third volume, Doxy Dent (1899). Based on an entertaining group of Methodist who gather around Jabez Clegg's clog shop fire, the stories are sentimental at times, but Ackworth has a nice sense of irony and refrains from proselytizing. Ackworth was also a student of the Lancashire dialect and the spoken passages in his books are mostly written in a phonetic version of late 19th-century Bolton speech, which I have done my best to reproduce. ( Phil Benson)

Genre(s): General Fiction, Short Stories

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Introduction & The Student Phil Benson
00:29:50
Play 02 Leah's lover 1 Phil Benson
00:23:56
Play 03 Leah's lover 2 Phil Benson
00:22:16
Play 04 Leah's lover 3 Phil Benson
00:23:12
Play 05 Leah's lover 4 Phil Benson
00:30:29
Play 06 Sally's redemption 1 Phil Benson
00:13:55
Play 07 Sally's redemption 2 Phil Benson
00:16:23
Play 08 Lige's legacy 1 Phil Benson
00:28:26
Play 09 Lige's legacy 2 Phil Benson
00:21:35
Play 10 Lige's legacy 3 Phil Benson
00:29:01
Play 11 The memory of the just 1 Phil Benson
00:14:09
Play 12 The memory of the just 2 Phil Benson
00:15:43
Play 13 The memory of the just 3 Phil Benson
00:10:32
Play 14 Isaac's angel 1 Phil Benson
00:20:52
Play 15 Isaac's angel 2 Phil Benson
00:24:50
Play 16 Isaac's fiddle 1 Phil Benson
00:24:58
Play 17 Isaac's fiddle 2 Phil Benson
00:11:50
Play 18 Isaac's fiddle 3 Phil Benson
00:12:57
Play 19 The harmonium 1 Phil Benson
00:22:31
Play 20 The harmonium 2 Phil Benson
00:21:06
Play 21 The harmonium 3 Phil Benson
00:16:38
Play 22 The haunted man 1 Phil Benson
00:20:09
Play 23 The haunted man 2 Phil Benson
00:25:48