Low Moor Club recently hosted a visit from the senior textile conservator Vivian Lochhead and her assistant conservator Jenny Bowersby from Manchester People’s History Museum to analyse the condition of a historic banner, dated 1925 and signed by E.Bolton.
The banner proudly presents the “ANCIENT ORDER OF BACON EATERS”, depicting a scene with a farmer and a local, conversing outside a cottage with two fine pigs in the foreground.
When Low Moor Mill was served by workers from the village who lived in cottages and back-to-back houses close to the mill, many mill workers reared pigs in their backyards and gardens. Consequently the people from Low Moor became known as “Bacon Eaters”.
This tradition has been kept alive by the public appearances of Percy, the Low Moor pig, who resides in Low Moor Club. Percy has represented the Bacon Eaters at torchlight processions dating back to 1911.
Although Percy is in remarkably good shape, considering his age, Low Moor banner is in need of careful treatment to conserve the oil painting and the linen canvas on which is is painted.
The textile conservators were fascinated by the unusual banner and are hopeful that funding can be realised in order for them to help to preserve this valuable and unique banner.
If anybody has any photos or information regarding the artist E.Bolton, or the banner, Low Moor Committee would welcome any additional information that may be forthcoming.
Call chairman Mick Richardson on 01200 426672 with any details.
The historic Low Moor banner which was brought out during HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Low Moor Club in 2012. Percy the Low Moor pig is also pictured. (s)