over the last few weeks my new friend Ms. Carol Crook of Wigan (relative of the lightweight champion wrestler of Lancashire Jack Alker) and I were trying to locate the grave of the Pioneer of Catch Wrestling Adam Ridings (1819-1894) aka "Dockum of Bury" or "The Lancashire Wrestler".
Carol and I met online, it happened here on Heritage, and together we were researching Jack Alker. Carol was so kind to me, and knowing about my Pioneer's Researches she offered to help me with my Ridings' Studies to the best of her abilities. My great appreciation of her time and help.
I would like to share with Heritage Members what we were able to find on Ridings' grave. Today Carol got word back from Bury Archives and Local History. They have confirmed that both Adam and his wife were buried at St Pauls Church, Bury, Lancashire, which has subsequently been turned into apartments, but unfortunately the gravestones were removed. We are presuming that the graves are still intact in the churchyard which is now a communal garden for residents, all the headstones have gone - they have given Carol the monumental inscription on the grave which read -
Adam Ridings d. 28 Dec 1894, aged 75 yrs.
Martha, his wife, d. 25 Dec 1896, aged 80yrs.
Thanks to Everyone for their attention.