Billinge History Society

Sports history – team photos

Our Nell’s Jack 🏆

On December 28th, 1879, a Billinge lad, John Hill, better known as ‘Our Nell’s Jack’, beat Fish Smart, the speed skating champion of England over 400 yards on Carr Mill Dam. Billinge, for the first and only time in its history, had a Champion of England. The song, composed about this feat and was sung at local gatherings for years. Download and hear the song [mp3] - with thanks to Kevin Frayne who sings and plays all the instruments. Read the full story in the part 2 of the main text, section ‘Our Nell’s Jack’.