behind the book
As Peter Stanford says in
his review of the book
(originally published in Twisstle Times, summer
2000) the family's history could hardly have
been bettered by any fictional work: "It
has everything - a hero, the gallant Sir Bertine
Entwisle; a black sheep, the weak willed George
Entwisle; and a villain, the odious Thurston
It is the present
generation's good fortune that Grimshaw saw fit
to publish his notes and records on this
otherwise little known subject, as he says
himself, "...in the hope of creating an
interest in a very ancient and notable
However, the book is now
quite rare and it is unlikely that most
Entwistles will be able to obtain a copy. With the miracle
of the Internet, something Grimshaw could hardly
have imagined back in 1924, we are now able to
share his words and pictures, his book and his
interests, with Entwistles and their relatives, world-wide.
The Grimshaw book was published
in 1924 by the then Accrington Gazette Company
Limited, 88 Abbey Street Accrington, Lancashire.
The paper merged with the East Lancashire Sentinel
and continued in existence as a free paper until
just prior to WW2.
The book was compiled by
Bannister Grimshaw, an amateur historian and a
resident of Entwistle, from a collection of
notes and jottings made through his interest in
the area and the family.
Much of the information
was gathered together by some Entwistle
claimants and Bannister Grimshaw in a vain attempt to
re-gain control of the The Entwistle family estate which had been lost to
the family over 400 years earlier.
The Entwistle Estate had
been considerable, with land and property also in
Edgworth, Turton, Radcliffe, Bolton, Withington,
Chorlton, Ardwick, Ancoats, Rusholme, and
The claim was not pursued
in the end
- read the book and Peter Stanford's review to
find out why!
We intend to publish the book here in its entirety,
for the benefit of all Entwistles and historical
researchers around the
world. This may take a little time to
The book is not divided
into convenient chapters so here we have split
the book up into manageable sections with page
numbers given. The book is illustrated throughout,
and copies of the images will be provided here.
To the best of our knowledge and belief this
publication is now (due to lapse of time)
copyright free. Further, we publish here not for
financial gain but for the benefit of Entwistles
and researchers everywhere. Should anyone
dispute this please contact us.