THE last resting place of Paddock Jack (above) seems to have been found by reader Phillip Atkinson.
Jack was a character well known around the Paddock area in the middle of the 19th century. His exploits were immortalised in a poem used in this column the other week.
He was well known around the Colne Valley and never wore shoes.
David Morley said: “He was known as Paddock Jack but his proper name was Jack Dyson and he lived at Paddock Head. He made a living selling pegs and pots around the area. He dressed in a frock, as did a lot of people in those days, and had long hair tied in a bun.”
Now Phillip says: “I think I have burial place for him – St Luke’s in Milnsbridge. Age 61 from Paddock, buried 1876, name John Dyson. He was the son of Humphrey and Susanah and, on an 1851 Census, he is listed as disabled. In the1861 Census, as ‘weak intellect from birth’. Hope this solves his burial.”