Posted on July 11, 2014, 12:08 p.m.
"An extraordinary scene was witnessed the other morning in Peel-lane. a hug and little-used thoroughfare connecting Little Hulton with Tyldsley. The principal participants were a young lady cyclist and a youth of nineteen or twenty. The lady was proceeding at a good pace, when in a quiet part of the road a young man, who had apparently been imbibing, stepped into the roadway, and addressing some remarks to the cyclist, made as if he intended to pull her off the machine. She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using, her fists in scientific fashion, to the delight of several colliers who came upon the scene. Tho young man made off, and the cyclist, who is believed to be a Bolton lady noted for her athletic powers, rude on towards Tyldesley. "