Dirker

Dirker is now a council estate to the north of the railway line, but this has obviously not always been so. The 1904 OS map shows it as a hamlet on Spring Head Lane, and the information below is from 1881. I have included the small terrace of New Ing, and Station House, as they are very close to Dirker.

1891 Census
 

Number of households in Dirker - 13 Population of Dirker - 63
Ave household size - 4.8 Ave size of nuclear family unit - 4.7
Ave age of household heads - 40.2 Number born outside county - 1 (Lancashire)
Percent born outside Marsden - 25.4% Born outside Colne Valley - 6.3%
Households with related kin - 1(7.7%) Wives in paid employment - 1(7.7%)

 

Farmer - 3 Butcher - 3
Stone quarryman - 2 Weaver- 4
Healder - 1 Engine tenter - 1
Piecer - 1 Canal labourer - 1
Railway station master - 1 Stone mason - 3
Tuner - 1 Housekeeper - 2
Stone dealer - 1 Scripture reader (sic) - 1
Pupil teacher - 1 Joiner's apprentice - 1
Boiler maker - 1 Twister - 2
Architect and surveyor - 1 Carpenter - 1
Shawl twister - 1  

Resident families
 

Dyson
Whiteley
Biltcliffe
Marsden
Woodhead (lodger)
Wood
Shaw
Atherton
Bower
Bamforth
Holroyd
Carter (lodger)