Friday, 19 December 2014

PHOTO ALBUM and SNIPPETS NO.3 (from December 2014 to December 2015)



Showing Lower Lane and rear of Spring Street off to the left  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Heather Holden and uploaded here on 23rd November 2015


Showing Flaxmoss Street (left) and back of Spring Street which is now part of the West View  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Heather Holden and uploaded here on 23rd November 2015


Blackburn Road beneath Springside, near Station Steps (Click over to enlarge)

Heather commented about how the houses here had no footpath frontages and the front doors opened up straight out onto Blackburn Road.  Thankfully them days the traffic was not so busy. Of interest also you can see the garage in the place where Margerison's used to be and also sandwiched between the standing property and the garage are the iron railings which used to be public conveniences

Photo: kindly contributed by Heather Holden and uploaded here on 23rd November 2015

Dear Bryan Yorke, 
I’m writing in about some interesting pictures contributed recently by Joyce Thorne.
On 16 November: ‘Church Lads Brigade at Station Steps, Blackburn Road’ - I was struck by the narrowness of the pavement for the spectators on the right - I remember the houses but how could people have managed to live with only a few inches of space outside their front door? It must have seemed normal then - the main road was what their front door opened onto.
My picture from July 1969 shows that row’s demolition in progress.
And on 19 & 20 November, two more pictures, from 1954, showing ‘the back of Spring Street long before the West View Estate’ and part of Hud Rake. This area was large, with many hen pens. (We used to live next door to Mrs Paton, on Hud Rake!). My photos show the same area in August 1970, taken before the houses were demolished but when the hen pens were being cleared. 
 
You have been very busy lately, I see - great stuff! 
Best wishes, 
Heather Holden

Haslingden County Primary School Nursery Class (or Haslingden County Nursery School)  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 23rd November 2015


Haslingden County Primary School Nursery Class (or Haslingden County Nursery School)  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 23rd November 2015


Haslingden County Primary School Nursery Class (or Haslingden County Nursery School)  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 23rd November 2015

St. Peter's Walking Day c1957 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 23rd November 2015



St. Peter's Cubs c1950  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015


St. Peter's Guides and Brownies Cubs c1953  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015
St. Peter's Scouts, Camp at Marchwood, nr Southampton c1956  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015



St. Peter's Walking Day, taken in Church Grounds c1950  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015


St. Peter's Walking Day taken in Church Grounds c1953  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015

Haslingden County Primary School Staff (c 1953/1954?)  Click over to enlarge
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015


Haslingden County Primary School  Nursery Class c1948  Click over to enlarge
Cannot remember if the nursery class was a part of the Primary School or was called Haslingden County Nursury School
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015


 St. Peter's Choir c.1950  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015

St. Peter's Church - Crowning of the Queen c.1955 (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015



 St. Peter's Choir Walking Day c.1957  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015



Haslingden Secondary Modern School late 40's  (Click over to enlarge)
Staff with some husbands/wives/children and pupils

Mr. C. Hill (Head), Mr. J. Dean (Maths and Dep Head), Mr. Smith (Music), Mr. Elton (Tech Draw and Woodwork), Mrs Worswick (English), Mrs. Heap (Secretary)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015


Haslingden County Primary School c1951  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015


Haslingden County Primary School c1951  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015



Haslingden County Primary School c1952  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015


Haslingden County Primary School c1954  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015



Haslingden County Primary School c1952  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Geoff Heap and uploaded here on 22nd November 2015

Hello Bryan,

My name is Geoff Heap, son of Fred and Alice and brother of Win.  Spent my early days at Ryehill Cottage, which was attached to St. Peter's Vicarage.  The cottage was demolished in the late 50s and is now a double garage.  In 1952 we moved to Whitecroft Mount, where I remained until my marriage in 1968; I am now an ex-pat living in Bury.

I first discovered your site a couple of years ago and now spend time every week, finding photos of long lost friends, most of whom I have not seen for over 60 years, remembering places and events - the 1950 Carnival, Empire and Palace Flicks, '64 Hailstones, playing cricket in Victoria Park, St Peter's Scouts, County Primary School etc., the memories come flooding back, keep up the excellent work.

There is one group of pics. which particularly holds my interest.  When I reached Secondary School age, a lifelong family friend, the Rev. Wilfred Speakman, vicar of St. Peter's, advised my parents that they should send me to a single sex school as he considered girls to be a distraction and my education could suffer.  I was therefore packed off to Accrington Grammar School, leaving all my friends behind, who no doubt welcomed female distraction at HGS.  As I gaze wistfully at the HGS pics, recognising all my old pals, I think what might have been if only I had been given the choice, but enough of this wallowing.

I have attached some old photos which may be of interest,
More to follow
Cheers,
Geoff Heap

St. James Rose Queen July 1966  (Click over to enlarge)

Left to Right: Lynne Williams, Karen Haworth, Anne Ashman, Marjorie Trickett, Jeanette Holden, cushion bearer Andrew Halstead, page boys Andrew Rawe and Phillip Greenwood - Rose Queen is Anne Corbridge.
Photo: Kindly contributed by Marjorie Corbridge/Myra Frohnapfel and uploaded here on 21st November 2015



The Vale Street Weaver

From Vale Street and down to Mill in bottom,
You could hear lots of cloggy noise of wood with steel,
Clipping and thudding those polished setts that shone.
“To mill we’re going to weave the cloth”.

Every day before the light, we trod that weary way,
Smoggy haze dimmed the flickering gas street light,
We’d chat the news of who’s courting who,
“Whilst on way to mill to weave the cloth”.

Some had a large brown tuck box under arm,
Which had straps crossing from either side.
Some were carrying their “Billy Cans”,
“Whilst on our way to mill to weave the cloth”.

Were here again at Mill to start up steely loom,
Another long day watching shuttle go past,
With belts, pulleys and deafening noise!
Whilst we weave that ‘plain Jane’ grey cloth

I hope I don’t need tackler today, and weft will be OK,
Until they bring another beam on bogey straight away,
I guess I can sing the weaver’s song to pass the time of day,
Whilst I weave a cloth of plenty to earn another day!


(Bryan Yorke - 20th November 2015)

The buildings in the background are the rear of Spring Street and part of Hud Rake  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 19th November 2015


The following additional information is given here by John Bedford
"The lady on the left is my Mother Katie Bedford and next to her is Janie Paton her sister.  The lady on the extreme right is Emmeline Riley who married my mother's brother William Riley who is father to Tom and Bernard Riley (who features in the Porritts Cricket Team photo).  Next to Emmeline is her sister Edie.  The children will be Joyce and her brother.  The photo is not the back of Queen Street, it is the back of Spring Street.  The Photo was taken in 1954, I have the same photo with the date on the back - regards JB.


This photo shows the back of Spring Street long before the West View Estate
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 19th November 2015
This photo shows from the left Janie Paton and her sister Katie Bedford and Joyce.

Looking across to Martin Croft from Hud Hey  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 19th November 2015)




Calf Hey House, Grane  (click over photo to enlarge)
Marjorie Corbridge (nee Nelson) was born and grew up here.  Her father worked for the Water Board.
Photo: Kindly contributed by Marjorie Corbridge/Myra Frohnapfel and uploaded here on 18th November 2015)

Ogden Reservoir, Grane  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Marjorie Corbridge/Myra Frohnapfel and uploaded here on 18th November 2015)

 Haslingden Secondary Modern School 1948  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 17th November 2015


 Haslingden Team Winners of Acc and Dist Cricket League 1960/61  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo includes: Back: Perry, Bargh Metcalfe, Stott, Tattersall, Bargh
front: Haworth, Lewis, Jackson, Holden.
Photo: kindly contributed by Andrew Metcalfe and uploaded here on 17th November 2015



Haslingden North Hag Tunnel before By-Pass construction  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Andrew Metcalfe and uploaded here on 17th November 2015

Helmshore Council Infants c1912  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Andrew Metcalfe and uploaded here on 17th November 2015



Church Lads Brigade at Station Steps, Blackburn Road  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 16th November 2015

Wesley Church Walking Day with great pictures of Bensons and Cliffords Shop  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 16th November 2015

Stonefold Rose Queen - crowning Hilda Stanton  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 16th November 2015


Haslingden Co-op Mannequin Parade November 1973 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.

Wesley Methodist 1960 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.


Co-op Mannequin - October 1965  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.



Hud Hey Road - Properties knocked down for by-pass (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.

Pupils watching mayor making included head girl Betty Dewhurst, the late Jennie Higgins and the late Fred Dewhurst (Click over to enlarge)

Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.


St James Carnival - Bright Gems for his Crown (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.

St James Carnival (Click over to enlarge)
Joyce Adams, then left Judith Brooks and right Elaine Cook
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.


St James Carnival - June 1961 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.

St James Morris Dancers  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.

St James Morris Dancers (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.
Stonefold "Sleeping Beauty 1965" (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.

Stonefold Fancy Dress Dance Nov 1966  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.

Stonefold Mothers Union play March 1965 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.


Stonefold Rose Queen - Karen Tattersall  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.


Stonefold Walking Day  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Joyce Thorne and uploaded here on 14th November 2015.



St Thomas, Musbury Walking Day c1948 (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 13th November 2015

Haslingden Secondary Modern School c1948  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 13th November 2015

Haslingden Secondary Modern School - 1948 - Llandudno  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 13th November 2015

Haslingden Secondary Modern School c1948 (Click over photo)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 13th November 2015

Haslingden Secondary Modern School c 1948 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 13th November 2015

St. Thomas, Musbury c1957 walking day  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 13th November 2015

St. Thomas, Musbury 1957  (click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 13th November 2015

Porritts and Spencer - Sunnybank Mill, Helmshore c1930  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 13th November 2015

1975 St. James Rose Queen  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 13th November 2015

BELOW IS A ARCHIVE OF INTERESTING STORIES AND PHOTOS OF THE LATE "ALF BEDFORD" WHO LIVED AT HELMSHORE - Kindly sent in by Andy Metcalfe who is Great Grandson of Alf

Reproduced from local newspaper (undated)

Man who rode a penny-farthing up 'Ha'penny Brow' dies at 90

One of Helmshore's liveliest and most interesting characters, and one of the oldest residents of the area, 90 year old Mr. Alfred Bedford, has died.
Mr. Bedford, 24 Brooklands Avenue, Helmshore, lived for many years in Free Lane, and until a few years ago was remarkably fit and active.
He used to keep fit by riding his bicycle.
It was in 1890, when he was 16, that he got his first bicycle - a penny farthing, which he rode for five years, and he later confessed that he had been shot over the big front wheel on many occasions.
He believed hed was the only person every to ride a penny-farthing up Preston's notorious "Ha'penny Brow".
But he soon switched to the more conventional type of machine, and until well in his 80s he used to be seen riding it on the way to the market or taking a spin along Helmshore's leafy lanes

SIGNALMAN

He retired in 1939 from the position of signalman at Helmshore Station after completing 44 years service with the Lancashire and Yorkshire and LMS railway companies.
The retirement day was his birthday, and the stationmaster presented him with a fountain pen, a pipe and tobacco.
He began his railway service at Helmshore in March, 1894, as a porter.
In 1896 he was transferred to Haslingden as a signalman and in 1897 succeeeded his brother as signalman at Helmshore.
Except that for a short time he took over duties as relief signalman, he remained at Helmshore until his retirement.
Many changes were witnessed by Mr. Bedford in his career.
He remembered the time when Helmshore level crossing had no overhead footbridge, but two wicket gates.

MISSED THREE DAYS

So good was his health during his working life that he was off duty because of sickness on only three days during the 44 years.
The house 584 Free Lane, Helmshore, where he lived alone until the last few months after the death of his wife in 1939, was as bright as if a woman cared for it.
He kept his spirit young with three hobbies - brasses, music and clocks.
On the mantlepiece over the fireplace at his home there used to be a collection of curious brasses, gleaming with polish.
Side by side with ornamental pieces were powder horns for the muzzle-loading muskets, and a shot case, heavy with the small round shot.
He was also proud of a grandmother and grandfather clock, both of which he built himself, the latter out of five tea boxes.

"MUSICAL MARVEL"

Music was his real hobby, however, and he played the violin, concertina and piano.  He once appeared at Haslingden Public Hall, billed as "The Musical Marvel".
He claimed to have played in every pub, club, church and chapel in Helmshore, and once composed a piece entitled "Free laner", a hymn tune, which was later played at the Public Hall.
He had lived in Helmshore all his life and was known as a comic and entertainer.
Among his memories was that of drinking beer from a mug hung on the wall of "Ye Old Man And Scythe Inn", Bolton. The Seventh Earl of Derby had had his last drink out of the mug before he was beheaded in front of the hostelry in 1651.
Mr. Bedford, who had lived at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. Rawstron, in Brooklands Avenue, Helmshore, for the past few months, was cremated at Accrington on Thursday. The Rev L.B. Burton officiated.

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Reproduced from the Evening Telegraph:

RECALLING THOSE SWEEPING SKIRTS:
Have you ever seen a "tucker-upper"? No, it's got nothing to do with putting the youngsters to bed, but is a reminder of those Edwardian days when the womenfolk used to wear skirts which were neither kneelength nor even ankle-length, but which extended right down to the ground and sometimes a little bit beyond

Lancastrian was shown a "tucker-upper" the other day by Mr. Alf Bedford of Helmshore, a man who has made a habit throughout his long life of collecting items of historical interest and unusual odds and ends.  A "tucker-upper" you'll be intrigued to learn, consists of a length of chain with a hook at one end and a clip at the other.
The idea was to enable elegantly gowned ladies to sweep through life without the constant necessity of clutching their skirts in one hand to prevent them from serving the added purpose of floor sweepers!  The "tucker-upper" was hitched to the waist and the clip fastened to a hem of the skirt to keep it at a practical level, thus enabling the user to have both hands free.
When Lancastrian looked at this reminder of by gone days he regarded it as an interesting museum piece.  On second thoughts he's not so sure.  The way the ladies' hemlines move up and down according to the dicates of fasion, it may be that Mr. Bedford's tucker-upper will be back in common use one of these days!

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Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 12th November 2015


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Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 12th November 2015


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Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 12th November 2015


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Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 12th November 2015


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Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 12th November 2015


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Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 12th November 2015


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Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 12th November 2015

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Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 12th November 2015

St. Thomas Church, Musbury c1951  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 12th November 2015

St. James School c1953 approx  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo kindly contributed by Hadian Gates and uploaded here on 12th November 2015


Old Political Candidate Address leaflet from 1905  (Click over to enlarge)

Leaflet kindly contributed by Jane Siddall


Old Political Candidate address leaflet from 1905  (Click over to enlarge)
Leaflet kindly contributed by Jane Siddall


St. John's, Stonefold about 1960  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Susan Wallace and uploaded here on 6th November 2015
Back Row: Michael Farnworth, Malcolm Edwards, ?, Keith Walkden, Harry Almond, ?, Robert Graham, Tony Wallace.
Middle Row: Sheila Riley, Sylvia Barnes, Carole Dewhurst, Pauline Duff, Monica Taylor, Sadie Shanks, Andrea Rothwell, ?.
Front Row: Sandra Heap, ?, Alicia Woods, Ann Johnstone



Helmshore County Primary School c1954  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Dave Wise and uploaded here on 5th November 2015


Helmshore County Primary School c1959  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Dave Wise and uploaded here on 5th November 2015


Rose Queen c1934  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Dave Wise and uploaded here on 5th November 2015



St. Thomas Rose Queen c1934 - Dorothy Wise (nee Crankshaw)  Click over to enlarge
Photo: kindly contributed by Dave Wise and uploaded here on 5th November 2015


 St. Thomas Rose Queen c1934 - Dorothy Wise (nee Crankshaw)  Click over to enlarge
Photo: kindly contributed by Dave Wise and uploaded here on 5th November 2015



St. Thomas Rose Queen - Miss Carolyn Wise (Dave's sister)  Click over to enlarge
Photo: kindly contributed by Dave Wise and uploaded here on 5th November 2015


(Sample of the original "Spion Kop" poem by M. Walsh 2nd Batt, Lancs Fusiliers)

“Spion Kop” 

These lines are dedicated to those Brave Comrades who nobly and gave their lives in the ever memorable Battle of Spion Kop which took place on January 24th 1900. Thanks to Jane Siddall for kindly sharing these unique previously 'unearthed' poems with us. 

1)     Will you kindly pay attention,
        To my story, sad but true;
        A few words I will mention,
        That concerns both me and you.

2)     It was on the 23rd of January.
        As we rested behind Three Tree Hill,
        That the order came along the line,
        Which caused many a heart to thrill.

3)    Spion Kop had to be taken,
       By the lads of the Lancashire Brigade,
       With the Twentieth in front to hear the brunt,
       The assault had to be made.

4)    The Kings Own and the Fortieth,
       Who never yet knew fear,
       With the T.M.J’s and the Sapper Boys,
       Gave their aid the hill to clear.

5)   Along the uneven ground we marched,
       In silence deep as death;
       And when we got to the hill,
       We halted to take our breath.

6)   With bayonets fixed, we crept along,
       And pressed on with a will,
       For to uphold Old England’s honour,
       And to avenge Majuba Hill.

7)   When the summit we had gained,
      Many a heart was beating fast.
      And in the damp cold morning air,
      The challenge came at last.

8)  Halt! Who goes there? A voice rang out,
      In a tongue both strange and queer;
      A rifle shot, a bayonet charge,
      And a gallant “British Cheer”. 

9)      On, on we charged; the enemy fled,
          The hill was ours at last;
          All hopes rose high as the morn drew nigh,
          For the danger that was past.

10)    Alas our hopes were soon dispelled 
          As we soon found to our cost,
          For the Boers again tried to retake,
          The position they had lost.

11)    As through the clouds the sun appears,
          Driving the mist away,
          All hearts beat fast, for low at last,
          We hold the Boers at bay.

12)    The Lancashire’s and Engineers,
          And T.M.J’s as well,
          Line the trenches all around,
          Their lives to dearly sell.

13)    The battle raged both fierce and fast,
          Throughout the livelong day;
          And ere the sun set in the west,
          Many a soul had passed away.

14)    Their’s many a mother in dear old England,
          Who will often shed a tear.
          When she thinks of her boy – her hope and joy,
          But from whom she no more will hear.

15)    Far, far away, over the hill,
          In Natal a resting place they’ve got,
          And these they lie, side by side,
         On the heights of Spion Kop.

Composed by M. Walsh, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers 
Presume written by a Haslingden soldier in the Boer War 


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Another beautiful poem written by a Haslingden soldier serving in South Africa in the late 1890s. The original is done in pencil on writing paper and penned in script.  We are indebted to Jane Siddall for kindly sharing these rare unearthed “soldiers poems”.

Spartan Mother

“One more embrace; then o’er the main
And nobly play the soldiers part,”
Thus speaks, amid the martial strain,
The Spartan mother’s aching heart,
She hides her woe,
She bids him go,
And tread the path his father’s trod,
“Who fights for England, fights for God”.
Helpless to help, she waits, she weeps,
And listens for the far-off fray,
He scours the gorge, he scales the steeps,
Scatters the foe-away; away!
Feigned, as their flight,
Smite! Again smite!
How fleet their steeds! Now nimbly shod,
She kneels, she prays; “Protect him God”,
The sisters sigh, the maiden’s tear,
The wife’s the widow’s stifled wail,
These nerve the hand, these brace the spear,
And speed them over veld and vale.
What is to him,
Or life or limb,
Who sends the chain, and breaks the rod,
Who falls for freedom, falls for God.
And should it be his happy fate,
Hale to return to home and rest,
She will be standing at the gate,
To fold him to her trembling breast,
Or should he fall,
By ridge or wall,
And lie neath some green southern sod.
“Who dies for country, sleeps with God.

No 3714 Private John Thomas Lambert, E Company,
2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers,
Convalescent Camp, Mosi River, South Africa.


(Undated but from the 1890s)


St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015



St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015


St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015


St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015



St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015


St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015


St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015



St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015


St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015


St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015


St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015


St. Marys School, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015

St. Marys, Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Michael Lyons and uploaded here on 28th October 2015

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Marie Ives has kindly let me have some history and notes on her late family's business LUKE RALPH  (Tinsmiths) of Pickering Street Tinworks and later Chapel Street.  I am shortly going to add a blog which gives account of the old business in Marie's words, together with photos of their vehicles, advertisements and most interestingly "Notes from the Business Ledgers". Please come back soon 

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Manchester Road Clinic around 1938 - Babies and Mothers with Mayor   (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Marie Ives and uploaded here on 28th October 2015
Original photo taken in the old Clinic which was knocked down to rebuild the new Health Centre


Manchester Road Clinic around 1938 - Babies and Mothers with Mayor   (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Marie Ives and uploaded here on 28th October 2015
Original photo taken in the old Clinic which was knocked down to rebuild the new Health Centre
This photo shows Marie Ives sat on the knee of Coun. T. Brown and Bryan held by Nurse Whiteley


Helmshore County Primary School 1967 ish  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by John Pilling and uploaded here on 27th Oct 2015


Haslingden Allotment Society  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Dave Wise and uploaded here on 27th October 2015

Additional information kindly supplied by Elizabeth Smethurst on 29th October 2015

"Just seen this on the site and wondered if you wanted some names to go with it.  I think it was taken in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
I can't name the first 3 men from the left on the back row, but the next one is my father, Clifford Willis, then don't know, then Mr. Craig, who was Parks and Cemeteries chief for the Council, 2 more unknown and finally Harold Taylor who worked with my father at Duckworth Clough Mill.
Front row I should know the first man but can't name him but he used to win lots of prizes at the show and I think lived in Helmshore.  Next to him is Billy Johnson, then Bob Spiby, who was the secretary of the society for many years, Sam Good and Reg? Whitham.  Don't know the other two.
The Allotment shows were held in the Public Hall every September.

 Additional information kindly supplied by David Wise on 1st November 2015. On the back row the 2nd one from the L is Jim Wise (David's father). Front Row first left is Mr. Jack Ramsbottom. Also on the front row is Walt Taylor who lived on Broadway


Laneside Football Club c1936 (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Dave Wise and uploaded here on 27th October 2015


Laneside Football Club 1936  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Dave Wise and uploaded here on 27th October 2015


Unknown Haslingden FC with J. Wise top right (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Dave Wise and uploaded here on 27th October 2015

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"A Poem written by a HASLINGDEN soldier called Jonathan Lambert on February 5th 1894, who was in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fighting the wars in South Africa. (kindly contributed to the blog by Jane Siddall and uploaded here on 25th October 2015) The original is on paper and penned out in beautiful script (a sample shown below)

Here is part of the original poem written below

1)  The cottage was a thatch'd one,
the outside old and mean,
yet everything within that cottage,
was wondrous neat and clean  

2) The night was dark and stormy,
the wind was howling wild,
A patient mother knelt beside,
the death bed of her child

3)  A little worn out creature,
His once bright eyes grown dim,
It was a colliers only child,
they called him little Jim

4) And oh to see the briny tears,
fast hurrying down her cheek,
As she offer'ed up a prayer in thought,
she was afraid to speak

5) Least she might waken one she loved,
far better than her life,
for there was all a mothers love,
In that poor colliers wife

6) With hands uplifted see she knelt,
beside the sufferers bed,
And prays that he will spare her boy,
And take herself instead

7) She gets her answer from the child,
Soft fell these words from him,
Mother the angels do so smile,
And beckon little Jim.

8) I have no pain dear Mother now,
But oh I am so dry,
Just moisten poor Jim's lips again,
And Mother don't you cry

9)  With gentle trembling haste she held,
the tea cup to his lips,
he smil'd to thank her as he took,
three little tiny sips.

10)  Tell father when he comes from work,
I said good-night to him,
and mother now I'll go to sleep,
Alas poor little Jim.

11) She saw that he was dying,
the child she loved so dear,
had uttered that last words that she,
might ever hope to hear.

12) The cottage door was opened,
the colliers step was heard,
the Mother and the father met
yet neither spoke a word.

13) He knew that all was over,
He knew his child was dead
He took the candle in his hand,
And walked towards the bed.

14)  His quivering lips gave token,
Of grief he'd fain conceal, 
And to see his wife has joined him,
the stricken couple kneel

15)  With hearts bowed down with sadness,
they humbly ask of him,
In heaven once more to meet again,
their own poor little Jim

At the end of the poem is a little note:

Dear Hannah I got little Jim,
because you ask me for it
write back and let me know,
how you are getting at home

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TWO MORE UNIQUE POEMS WRITTEN BY SERVING HASLINGDEN SOLDIERS IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING THE LATE 1890'S-
One titled "SPION KOP" by M Walsh of the Lancashire Fusiliers and another one titled "SPARTAN MOTHER" by Private John Thomas Lambert of the Lancashire Fusiliers - WILL BE SHOWN HERE ON THE DAYS LEADING UP TO ARMISTICE  (thanks to Jane Siddall for kindly sharing these with us)

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Unidentified No.11   (Click over photo to enlarge)
If you know have any information on who this is will you kindly let us know
Photo: Kindly contributed by Jane Siddall and uploaded here on 25th October 2015



Unidentified No.12   (Click over photo to enlarge)
If you know what this gathering is will you please let us know
Photo: Kindly contributed by Jane Siddall and uploaded here on 25th October 2015


Unidentified No.13   (Click over photo to enlarge)
If you know what this gathering is will you please let us know
Photo: Kindly contributed by Jane Siddall and uploaded here on 25th October 2015


Unidentified No.15   (Click over photo to enlarge)
If you know who this maybe will you please let us know
Notes written on the back: T123476 Driver T Lambert, 241. G.T. Coy, RASC CMF - Home address: 251 Blackburn Road, Haslingden.
Photo: Kindly contributed by Jane Siddall and uploaded here on 25th October 2015


Unidentified No.14   (Click over photo to enlarge)
If you know who this maybe will you please let us know
Photo: Kindly contributed by Jane Siddall and uploaded here on 25th October 2015


Click over to enlarge c1975 thanks to Andy Metcalfe (photo split to size below)





Haslingden Grammar School Students photo for c1975  (click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Andy Metcalfe and uploaded here on 24th October 2015
will also be uploaded to the HGS blog









Construction of Haslingden Bypass 6th Oct 1979 - Six photos above taken from the Waterside/Hutch Bank Areas (Click over photo to enlarge)
Added here on 23rd October 2015



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Borough of Haslingden Municipal Year Books and Diary (Click over to enlarge)

The one on the left belonged to Luke Ralph and dates back to 1907-8  and the one on the right is my own from 1972. Its been a pleasure to read some of the stuff in the old yearbook - to think (108 years old - a proper antique!  Quite a lot of the information regarding Council Committees etc are very similar between the two yearbooks even though its some 65 years between them! There is some fantastic reading about the history of Haslingden and I intend to include some extracts on here very shortly for everyone to enjoy. see next blog on...

Thanks to Marie Ives for kindly loaning me the diary to extract the information. (Uploaded these photos here on 22nd October 2015. 

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Breaking up of Old Steam Trams - Haslingden  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015


Local Photo - details unknown  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015)


Haslingden St. James Church Scholars Ramble  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015 


Marriage at St James Church in the early 1900's  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015


Raising monies for Mencap  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo shows: Phillip Rawes, Member Elaine Kenyon, Roy Frohnapfel RIP, Member Diane Savory, treasurer Mencap Marjorie Corbridge.  Roy and Phillip walked the Pennine Way, camping out to raise money for Mencap. 1986


St John's School, Stonefold c1968  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Alan Warburton and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015


Margaret Harvey's (nee Hodgkinson) friends from School (Click over to enlarge)
Audrey Byers, Jean Tattersall and Joyce Cockerill
Photo: kindly contributed by Margaret Harvey (nee Hodgkinson) and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015.


Margaret Harvey (nee Hodgkinson) with her friend Vera Holden  (Click over to enlarge)
Whilst in Needlework Class with Miss Titherington at Haslingden Sec Modern School.
Photo: Kindly contributed by Margaret Harvey (nee Hodgkinso) and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015)


Haslingden Secondary Modern School - Form IIB c1952  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Shows Mr. George Tomlinson - Art Teacher also shows Margaret Harvey on the front row and third from the right hand side. 
Photo: Kindly contributed by Margaret Harvey (nee Hodgkinson) and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015


Haslingden Secondary Modern School - Form IIB c1952  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Margaret Harvey (nee Hodgkinson) and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015


St. Johns Ambulance - Haslingden County Primary School Yard (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Margaret Harvey (nee Hodgkinson) and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015


Helmshore County Primary School (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Pauline Emmett Dagg and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015


Helmshore County Primary School (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Pauline Emmett Dagg and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015


Helmshore County Primary School (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Pauline Emmett Dagg and uploaded here on 22nd October 2015



 Helmshore County Primary School (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Pauline Emmett Dagg and uploaded here on 21st October 2015


Helmshore County Primary School (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Pauline Emmett Dagg and uploaded here on 21st October 2015


Haslingden St. James Panto   (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Myra Frohnapfel and uploaded here on 21st October 2015



A Grand Late Ball Programme Cover c1936
Kindly contributed by Dave Wise for the "Ball Blog" and uploaded here on 27th October 2015

 St. James's Pantomime (click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Myra Frohnapfel and uploaded here on 18th October 2015


St. James's Pantomime (click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Myra Frohnapfel and uploaded here on 18th October 2015



Baxenden National School c1901 (Click over to enlarge)

Photo: kindly sent in by Stephen Walsh who's grandmother is 2nd from the right on the third row from the front. Photo uploaded here on 18th October 2015


Haslingden County Primary School  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Pauline Emmett Dagg and uploaded here and blog on 15th October 2015


Haslingden County Primary School  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Pauline Emmett Dagg and uploaded here and blog on 15th October 2015

Haslingden St. James Primary School 1961/62  (Click over photo to enlarge)


Back Row : Keith Ratcliffe, Alan Hargreaves, Oliver Martin, Brian Spencer, Kevin Taylor, Peter Wellock, James Mason,  ?  , Ian Warburton, Joseph Harvey
Third Row : Steven Downham, Dorothy Riley, Brenda Grindrod, Brenda Souter, Rhina Rumvolt, Carol Heap, Helen Good, Susan Haworth, David Holland
Second Row : Gillian Harker, Sheila McGinty,  ?  , Elaine Cook, Anne Haworth,  ?  , Denise Briggs, Christine Harrison,  ?  , June Haworth
Front Row : Arthur Sedgewick, Peter Griffiths, Andrew Worrall, Peter Smith, Tony Rusden, Peter Diggle, Robert Alderson, Michael Anderson

Above Photo: Kindly contributed by Ian Edmundson and uploaded here and blog on 15th October 2015



Haslingden County Primary School  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Pauline Emmett Dagg and uploaded here and blog on 15th October 2015


St James Parish Church Raised £472 in Two Days with their Rose Queen
Newspaper photo kindly contributed by: Kathleen Carlson and uploaded here on 15th Oct 2015


Haslingden County Primary School - c1959 (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Angela Hill (nee Maddocks) and uploaded here and blog on 15th Oct 2015



Haslingden Carnival 1950/1951 (Click over photo to enlarge)

Glenys Rostron (Garden) 3rd on Right, Dorothy Hargreaves - Queen of Hearts and Doreen Hargreaves - Humpty Dumpty.  Anne Warburton ? 1st on left
Photo: Kindly contributed by Dorothy Hargreaves and uploaded here and blog on 14th October 2015


Haslingden Carnival - Early 1950s (Click over photo to enlarge)
Dorothy Hargreaves - Haslingden Carnival - Early 1950's
Photo: kindly contributed by Dorothy Hargreaves and uploaded here and blog on 14th October 2015



Haslingden Carnival - Early 1950s  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Dorothy and Doreen Hargreaves
Photo: Kindly contributed by Dorothy Hargreaves and uploaded here and blog on 14th October 2015

can you help please:- we are desperate to
fill in the missing names - 2 down 13 to go

Haslingden Irish Democratic League Club (Please click over to enlarge)
I can certainly help with one of the missing names which is No: 21 who is my Grandad Mr. George Yorke,  Also Michael Mullaney has been able to name No:42 who is John Thomas Mullaney of 32 Far Back Pleasant Street, Killed in action, body never found. Can anyone help with other missing names for Nos: 4,8,9,12,19,22,27,31,35,38,44,54,55.
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I do intend to make provision for interesting obituaries of which we have one or two in the archive already:

For now please enjoy this interesting obituary kindly sent in by Steve Rothwell (taken from a old local newspaper obituary found through research done by Jackie Ramsbottom some 12 years ago)

DEATH OF MR. WALLWORK ROTHWELL

By the death of Mr. Wallwork Rothwell, the Landlord of the "Red Lion" Inn, Blackburn Road, Haslingden looses a well known and thoroughly interesting personality.  He was the son of Mr. Hindle Rothwell, who formerly kept the Foresters Arms, which had been in the family for 100 years when he gave it up.  In 1863 or 1864 the late Mr. Wallwork Rothwell went to America, the sailing ship in which he went occupying six weeks in making the passage.  He subsequently served in the American Civil War under General Grant, and was under that famous General when Lee surrendered to him.  On the conclusion of the war the deceased came back to Haslingden, and in 1867 he was married, and succeeded his father as landlord of the Foresters Arms.  Four years later he became landlord of the Red Lion, where he has been during the last 38 years.  He has been a licence holder longer than anyone else in Rossendale, and he was known almost throughout the country as a victualler and sportsman.  His chief interest in sport was in the direction of coarsing and foot-racing, and he was identified with the late "Choppy" Warburton when he came out on the track, but in "Choppy's" last race at Preston the deceased was a backer of T.C. Herbert, who was "Choppy's" dangerous opponent.  The deceased had never been attended by a doctor except when he met with an injury to his hand in a tram accident, until during the last few months.  In October last he contracted a chill while attending the final in the bowling sweep at Blackpool.  His recent illness commenced about three weeeks ago, and death ensued at the weekend.  The deceased was a staunch Conservative.  The funeral took place on Wednesday at the parish churchyard, the vicar, Rev.L. Robbs, being the officiating clergyman.  The funeral was attended by Messrs. T.  Baxter, George Haworth, Dr. Broomhead (deceased's medical attendant), and by Mr. William Greenwood and other licensed victuallers and also friends from Rossendale, Church and Accrington.  The deceased, who was seventy years of age last March, is survived by a widowed daughter and two sons.

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Here are some photographs of Haslingden or Helmshore people which we have in our possession.  We don't have a clue who they are - CAN YOU HELP? - are they members of your past family. Please let us know if you have any information. I have numbered the photos (purely for a reference). Maybe the photos will be repatriated in due course....

CLICK OVER ANY OF THE PHOTOS IF YOU PREFER ENLARGEMENT

Ref: Unidentified No.1
Only writing on the rear is: Arthur Constantine, Dip. I.B.P. Leigh Bank Studio, Haslingden, Lancs. Tel: Rossendale 757
(Photo kindly contributed by Jane Siddall)

Ref: Unidentified No.2
We have no written references on the rear of this photo
(Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall)

Ref: Unidentified No.3
We have writing on the rear stating a address in Helmshore - below is a scan
(Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall)

Ref: Unidentified No.3a
This is the rear view to Photo Ref No 3 above
(Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall)


Ref: Unidentified No.4

On the reverse it is handwritten "January 25th 1932 - 81 years

also a photographer's name printed - THIRLWELL LTD, Thirlwells Corner, Stockton On Tees, also at West Hartlepool and Darlington.
(Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall)


Ref: Unidentified No.5

We have no written references on the rear of this photo.
(Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall)


Ref: Unidentified No.6

I think this could well be the gentleman portrait in the Unidentified No.5 photo
(Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall)


Ref: Unidentified No 8
I also think again this photo could well be the same gentleman as above. He must have been well to do to keep having these luxury quality photographs done.
(Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall)


Ref: Unidentified No. 7

No written evidence on back of photo


Ref: Unidentified No. 9
(Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall)



Ref: Unidentified No.10
(Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall)

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(Above) Grane Mill Workers - Early 1950's  (Click over photos to enlarge)

Photos: Kindly contributed by Tony Winstanley (via Dave Haworth).  Tony's late mother Cissy is on one of the photographs.
(uploaded here on 5th October 2015)


St. James's Pantomime "Cinderella" held at the Public Hall  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Left to Right: Roy Frohnapfel, Debra Shannon, Catherine Hodgson, Bryan Corbridge.



St. James's Pantomime "Cinderella" held at the Public Hall  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Back: Dave Hall, Len Riley, Debra Shannon, Phillip Ridings, Julie Davies (Edwards)
Middle: Phillip Riley, ?,?, Bryan Corbridge, Roy Frohnapfel, Catherine Hodgson,
Front: Myra Frohnapfel, Michael Metcalfe.


St. James's Pantomime "Dick Whittington" held at the Public Hall  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Julie Hall, Roy Frohnapfel, Myra Frohnapfel, ? Ballard.


Roy and Myra Frohnapfel (Click over photos to enlarge)
Photos: Kindly contributed by Myra Frohnapfel and uploaded here on 5th October 2015.
There are several more "Pantomime" photos which will be uploaded over the coming weeks.


David Pickard husband of Mary Anne Ralph  (Click over photo to enlarge)
He was the tar boiler man for the Haslingden Corporation. He died about c1950.
Photo: Kindly contributed by Marie Ives and uploaded here on 5th October 2015.


Do you know what this occasion was?  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Do you know what this occasion was? but it came from my late husband's Grandma.  The lady standing at the back right side is Mrs. Daley who had a fresh fish shop in the row between Dale Street and Beaconsfield Street.  The man at the back with the uniform on is Mr. Larkin who was a fireman.  Maybe you can identify the mayor to give a clue as to the year.  I am almost sure it was taken in the Public Hall.  (Marie Ives)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Marie Ives and uploaded here on 5th October 2015).



St. James Walking Day - Early 1970s - Church Lads Brigade  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Jeff Stevens and uploaded here on 5th October 2015


St. James Walking Day - Early 1970s - Church Lads Brigade  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Jeff Stevens and uploaded here on 5th October 2015
St. James Walking Day - Early 1970s  (Click over image to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Jeff Stevens and uploaded here on 5th October 2015


CAN WE PLEASE TRY AND HELP KAREN ROGERS (nee NORCROSS)

Dear Mr. Yorke 
I have read your blog with interest whilst trying to find some old photographs of my childhood home in Haslingden, particularly the information about Holland's Pies which I didn't know, as my Dad loved them! 
My late parents, Bernard and Margaret Norcross, ran a sweet/toy shop at 77 Deardengate from (I believe) 1960 to 1964 and I wonder if you have any photographs of the area from this time?  I was only five or six when we left the shop, but have some memories of a greengrocer's shop a few doors along (?) and do have photographs of my Brothers and me with my parents taken in the accommodation above the shop.  
 The family moved to Essex in 1968/69 and don't get back up north as often as we would like.  However, the five of us, with our own children and grandchildren, recently made the trip for a family party and had a tour of our homes in Blackburn and the shop in Deardengate, which is now a general store, so any information or photographs you could let me have would be greatly appreciated.
 Kind regards


Karen Rogers

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CAN WE PLEASE TRY AND HELP ANN REGAN to try
and find photos etc from "Macbeth" performed by the Haslingden Arts Club.

Hi Bryan, I am looking for photo's , or any information, of a particular performance  of "Macbeth", It was performed by Haslingden Arts club about 1964, The producer was Desmond Mulderrig, and Desmond's wife Olga had a leading role playing "Lady Macbeth", I would like to pass on to Olga  any photo's or information as she hasn't got any of her own, kind regard's Ann Regan, 
(uploaded here on30th September 2015)

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Haslingden Secondary Modern School Football team with Mr. Colbourne (Click over to enlarge)
Back: Mr. Colbourne, Geoff Higson, Ken Wilson, Jimmy Greenwood, ?, Richard Kay, Robert Parkinson
Front: David Blomley, Cowpe,?, Ian Rishton RIP, David Harrison
Photo: kindly contributed by Pauline Emmett Dagg - 29th September 2015

Members of George Street Mission on a day out  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 29th September 2015

St. James Walking Day No.5 (final)   (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 29th September 2015

St. James Church Walking Day No.4  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 29th September 2015

St. James Church Walking Day No.3  (Click over image to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 29th September 2015.
I would love to know just what those tall buildings were on Communion Street

St. James Church Walking Day No.2 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 29th September 2015.
You can see Communion Street and possibly Pocket Street in the background

St. James Church Walking Day  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 29th September 2015.


St Marys School, Haslingden
Kindly sent in by David Cardwell on 29th September 2015.
Shows David's dad Dave Cardwell(Snr) RIP on the back row third from the left.

CAN WE TRY AND HELP JOAN PLEASE!

I have had this photo up before and think it is Carr Parkers Factory

Email: Hello Bryan

I think this may be my father, Hargreaves Tomlinson with three of his children, would be  pleased if anyone could identify the photo. Kind Regards. Joan Harrison nee Tomlinson (Email dated 27th September 2015)

Halsteads Mill Workers  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Sue Whittaker and uploaded here on 25th September 2015
The photo is of four mill workers from around c1910. 2nd from the left is Sue's maternal grandmother, Eliza Alice Robinson (nee Riley) She worked at Halstead's Mill. 

Spring Vale Mill Football Team taken in 1932 (Click over photo to enlarge)
(Photo: Kindly contributed by Marie Ives and uploaded here on 25th September 2015)

George Taylor front row 2nd left, Wilf Chaplow (back row 2nd left) next to him is Jimmy Brierley (centre), and to his right Billy Whittam.
The team won the Haslingden Church Institute Football Medal Competition

For me this photo has brought up another question! I personally can only remember the "Medals" being played on the old St. Mary's.  So did both the St James's and St Mary's run independent "Medal" Competitions and if that be the case, did the competition in later years become merged as one or did the St. James's just pack up with the St. Mary's continuing.  DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED - IF SO PLEASE LET US KNOW...THANKS!

Spring Vale Mill Football Team taken in 1932  (Click over photo to enlarge)
(Photo: Kindly contributed by Marie Ives and uploaded here on 25th September 2015)

This photo shows the cup being presented by the Mayor (looks to me like Mr. Baxter)



St. Johns Stonefold - July 1922  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Dorothy Hargreaves and uploaded here on 24th September 2015
Dorothy's dad George Hargreaves lived in Acre and is pictured bottom right in this photo.


St Johns, Stonefold (Click over to enlarge)
Newspaper Cutting kindly contributed by Dorothy Hargreaves and uploaded 24th September 2015

Top O'th Slate Quary Entrances

This shows that same area being used for a hardcore tip by Rossendale Council prior to the area being landscaped

I already have a existing blog of  theTop O'the Slate but I do intend shortly to include a short piece on the "Halo" showing my photos of the area before and during the construction and a poster of the opening date etc


St. John's Stonefold  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Dot Blanchard and uploaded to here on 24th September 2015
The photo depicts the Peace Celebration at the School on July 18th 1919 Photo: T Parkinson

Girls Friendly Society (Probably late 1920s) (Click over to enlarge)

The banner is the Girls Friendly Society and my mother is the first girl on the left behind it.
From her age it is probably late 1920s.
Best regards
Steve
Photo: Kindly contributed by Steve Clark and uploaded here on 24th September 2015





(Click over photo to enlarge)
On the back of the postcard it states "We have just come to wish you the compliments of the season from Mrs. Tasker and Family.
Photo: Kindly contributed by Jane Siddall












Photos above are all St. James Church related (Click over photo to enlarge)
(All photos above have been kindly contributed by Susan Whittaker

I have also been given notes by Susan which I need to accompany photos when I get chance.


St. James's Amateur Dramatics c1930 approx  (Click over photos to enlarge)
Steve Clark has kindly contributed the two photos above and have been uploaded on 23rd September 2015.


St John's School, Stonefold c1956  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Dot Blanchard kindly contributed this photo and now uploaded on 22nd Sept 2015


St. John's School, Stonefold c1960  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Dot Blanchard kindly contributed this photo and now uploaded on 22nd Sept 2015

St. James School c1918 or 1919  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall and uploaded here on 22nd September 2015

Just realised I already do have this one archived and it is St. James School c1918 to c1919 and was kindly sent in previously by Ann Jones and Carol Glasson who's mum is one of the students.
This photo is Haslingden related but we dont know where from: (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Jane Siddall and uploaded to here on 22nd Sept 2015
Jane has provided several interesting photos and lots of very old Haslingden portrait photos of people we don't know who they are, so soon we will be starting another blog showing these photos and asking you if you can recognize any of them, perhaps they are photos of your long lost relatives.  Some will go on later this week when I get chance! - Just noticed the framed photo in the top right has to be a good clue! (Townsend St Mission maybe or George St Mission maybe - where do you think it is?)

Bryan,
One of your unknown photographs(What you sow...) has a lady on who has a passing resemblance to a  St. Stephen's nursery school teacher from  a photograph on my own site. Appears to be younger on my photo but I think it could be the same lady.
Regards Jeff Stevens


Manchester Road Methodist Concert c1959  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly contributed by Susan Wallace (nee Nuttall) and uploaded on here 22nd September 2015
Back: ?, Kaye Ferguson, John Bushnell, ?, Jim Nuttall, ?,
?, Margot, Joan Clark, Pauline Ashcroft, Ann Senior, ?, Bolton,
?, Richard Horrocks, Chris ?, ?, ?, Chris Kirby, Tim Kirby, Pat Bushnell, Neil Butler,


Manchester Road Methodist Concert around 1962 (click over photo to enlarge)

Photo: kindly contributed by Susan Wallace (nee Nuttall)
Back: Joan Clark, Glenda Hugo, Kay Ferguson, Jim Nuttall, Ashcroft, 
?, Chris Chappelow, Pat bushnell, Doreen Ashcroft, Vivien Butler, ?, ?, Margaret Clarke, Irene Kidd,
Ian Raynor, ?,?, Smith, Lyne Rogers, Janet Riley, Susan Nuttall, Richard Horrocks,
?, Varley, ?, Judith Kirby, Chris Kirby, Tim Kirby, Neil Butler

Haslingden Primary Schools Festival Choir (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Susan Wallace (nee Nuttall) and uploaded here on 22nd September 2015



Haslingden County Primary c1957 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Angela Hill (nee Maddocks) and uploaded here on 22nd September 2015

Haslingden St. Mary's School c1921 (Click over photo to enlarge)

Photo: kindly contributed by Mrs. Touhey (nee Desforges/Bentley) and uploaded here on 22nd September 2015.

Back Row: (1) Oswald Neves, (2) ?, (3) Alfred Tisewell, (4) ?, (5) Tom McNamee, (6) Frank Eastwood, (7) John Manning, (8) Martin Dunleavy, (9) Michael Lynsky, (10) Herbert Holden.
Middle Row (Boys): (1) Eddie Allen, (2) Eddie Tuohey, (3) ?, (4) Ernest Staples, (5) Herbert Allen, (6) Bernard Molloy, (7) Tom Navin, (8) Austin Gavin, (9) Jim Brennan, (10) Tom Fulshaw, (11) Jack Lang.
Front Row: (1) Mary Durkin, (2) Hilda Purdy, (3) Elizabeth Horlock, (4) Annie Kelly, (5) Nellie Riley, (6) Bertha Bushnel, (7) Mary Flannery, (8) Maggie Tyson, (9) Edna McWade, (10) Gladys Kelly.
Middle Row (Girls): (1) Margaret Bright, (2) Margaret O'Neill, (3) Cissie Baxendale, (4) Mary A. McDermott, (5) ?, (6) Alice Murray, (7) Annie O'Brien, (8) Norah Grierly, (9) ? McClusky, (10) ?
Teachers: Miss Nevin and Miss Lynch.

Haslingden St. Mary's School c1936 (Click over photo to enlarge)

Photo: kindly contributed by Mrs.Touhey (nee Desforges/Bentley) and uploaded here on 22nd Sept 2015.

1) Mr. James Moore, (2) Miss Talty, (3) Miss Nevin, (4) Eileen Flynn, (5) Jean Holden, (6) Lillian Morgan, (7) Nellie Quinlan, (8) Evelyn Riley, (9) ? Kirane, (10) Annie Mary Burke, (11) Annie Howarth, (12) Carrie Robinson, (13) Hilda Bedford, (14) Mr Owen Lindsay, (15) Nora Vizzard, (16) Mary Gray, (17) Evelyn Arthur, (18) Miss Murphy, (19) Miss Melling, (20) Katie Ashworth, (21) Dorothy Barnes, (22) Kathleen Durkin, (23) Winnie Murray, (24) Selina Gill, (25) Agnes Entwistle, (26) Sally Pettifer, (27) Winnie Taylor, (28) Veronica Higgins, (29) Agnes Kerron, (30) Janie O'Neill, (31) Vera Entwistle, (32) Eileen Bentley, (33) Mary Laffy, (34) Teresa Clitheroe, (35) Marie Lee, (36) Mary Taylor, (37) Joan Nyland, (38) Mary Clark, (39) Joan Staples, (40) Kathleen Nolan, (41) Mary Tideswell, (42) Mary Hall, (43) Teresa Duffy, (44) Vera Hopkinson, (45) Kathleen Owen, (46) Susie Taylor, (47) Kathleen Adlum, (48) Hannah Barnes, (49) Mary Forth,
(50) Mary Wilcock, (51) Rosie Davis, (52) Winnie Manning, (53) Margaret Hartley, (54) Kathleen McGee, (55) Mary Davison, (56) Mary Nyland, (57) Mary Howarth, (58) Pattie Forth, (59 Mary Timlin, (60) Winnie Holden, (61) Ethel Wrigley, (62) Sheila Lindsay, (63) Lizzie Philips, (64) Helen McIntyre, (65) Vera Walsh, (66) Margaret O'Rourke, (67) Mary Royal, (68) Mary Navin, (69 Kathleen McNamee, (70) Nora Morley, (71) Sarah Holden, (72) Vera Bentley, (73) Jean Flanagan,
(74) Eileen Eastwood, (75) Monica Cartin, (76) Joan Navin, (77) ? Kirane, (78) Kathleen Mulderigg, (79) Frances Nuttall, (80) Mary Navin, (81) Morag lindsay, (82) Margaret Clayton, (83) Claire Kilgallen, (84) Teresa Shackleton, (85) Kathleen Cartin, (86) Margaret Gilmartin, (87) Annie Grime, (88) Henrietta Manning, (89) Teresa Burke,
(90) Margaret Manning, (91) Irene Howarth, (92) Florence Caldwell.
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(Added 21st September 2015)I have today put a short link through on the Facebook page of the 1964 FLOODS, Do you remember them? well Derek Whittaker remembers them from when he was a teenager, and here is a fabulous account of the situation especially around the Coronation St, Every St and Charles Lane areas.
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Bryan,
          On that day I had finished delivering my paper round for Jack Hayton and called at Lynn & Jean Howarth’s house in Peel St. It was quite a normal day and I hadn’t even worn a coat for the paper round and then the hailstones! They came tumbling down the chimney covered in soot and were approaching the size of golf balls. Then the pyrotechnics started - it was late morning but soon became very dark with lots of sheet lightening and thunder. You couldn’t see across the road because the rain was that heavy.
   When it all subsided it returned to a quite pleasant day. I set off down Charles Lane to our house in Coronation St. Every thirty or forty yards there was a fountain shooting up about 20 feet in the air. The pressure of the water pouring down the drain under the road had blown off the manhole covers and created this amazing sight.At the bottom of Charles Lane where the road forked left and right there was a bridge across  what had previously been a gently flowing stream. What I encountered was a poor little chap standing on the parapet of the bridge in what looked like the middle of a lake. His mates, safely three floors up in the mill were leaning out of the window having a great time shouting out things like “Swim for it Paddy, you’ve got your wellies on!!’.
   It was obvious that I wouldn’t be able to get home that way so I went back up Charles Lane, through Prospect Hill and down Grane Rd.
   What had happened at the bottom of Coronation St and Every St was that the railway ran along there on an embankment had a culvert where the stream ran through. The culvert couldn’t cope with the amount of flood water and also became blocked up by dustbins and other things swept up in the flood (I remember a drowned dog flowing past). The embankment became a damn and the water backed up quite dramatically. Coronation St and Every St sloped down to this encroaching new lake.
   We lived at No 18, about half way down and I can remember wading through our back door with the dirty, eerily cold water being about waist high, to see my dinner floating around on the table. There was no sign of my family. I retreated and found them with others higher up the street on the other side making sandwiches and flasks of coffee/tea for those in even deeper water farther down the street. My bother, David and I clambered over the outside toilets and coal houses with these to pass them up to bedroom windows where people were stranded.
   In the bottom house lived three OAP’s who asked us if we would be kind enough to see if we could rescue their television from downstairs. Believe it or not we waded in up to chest height and did! Don’t ask me what use it was going to be having spent a couple of hours underwater. When we got it to the stairs where they could lift it out they asked if we could possibly do anything about their car. We knew they had a maroon mini which was their pride and joy so back through the water, up onto the toilet roof and eventually we spotted about two inch of car aerial sticking up out of the deluge. We gave up on that one.
   Slowly but surely the water started to drain away but the worst was yet to come. The mud left for some reason stunk, and I mean STUNK!! The houses didn’t have cellars but did have a void under the floors of about 2 feet. This was left filled with the stinking slime and repeated injections of disinfectant did little to improve matters.
   A fund was started and I seem to remember my parents receiving £200 from it. Every piece of furniture downstairs was thrown away with the carpets. The decoration was ruined and all the appliances (oven, TV, etc) also ruined. In the “front room” there was a cupboard which held all our family photographs and a full set of Encyclopedia Brittanica that my parents had scrimped and saved for to help their son and daughter (Maureen) through grammar school. All ruined and £200 didn’t go very far to recover the situation.
   In the days following a few mates and I made some good pocket money in the nearby mills sweeping the offending mud out as the water receded. Strangely at the age of 15 I was never scared or worried and I remember it as merely a very interesting event. What I do clearly also remember is the spirit of my parents and others who although badly affected rallied round and immediately started to help others in an even worse predicament. Would other places have the community spirit to be knocking up cheese butites whilst there home has filthy water washing around in it? Haslingden did.
 Derek Whittaker


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Helmshore United F.C. approx early 1980s
Kindly contributed by Bill Flynn and uploaded here on 21st September 2015

Very old Compliments and Thanks Card from L.A. Glover & Co.
You see their name on old photos and documents. (This card was kindly contributed by Marie Ives and uploaded here on 21st September 2015.

Ticket for Helmshore Local History Society from 1959
Kindly contributed by Marie Ives and uploaded here on 21st September 2015

St. John's Baxenden Cubs 1963 with R. Clayton (Blackburn Rovers and England)  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Back Row: ?, ?, Philip Davies, John Davies, Philip Green, Stuart Rothwell,Steve Walsh,?,?.
Front Row: Derek Tattersall, Brian Thompson, Bill Holden, Ronnie Clayton, Tony Wallace, Barry Fletcher, Stephen Gough, ?
Photo: kindly contributed by Susan Wallace (nee Nuttall) on 21st September 2015

Haslingden Wheelers and Motor Cycle Club Click over photo to enlarge
Photo: kindly contributed by Kaye Ridings and uploaded here on 21st September 2015
also will be added to the Haslingden Wheelers Blog. 


Haslingden Wheelers and Motor Cycle Club  (this photo shows the programme at 1x1/2 times bigger)
(Photo: kindly supplied by Marie Ives)
added here on 21st September 2015 - will shortly be added to the ANNUAL BALL BLOG
Note: Walter Holland (Holland's Pies) was the president of the Club

Flannel Ball Programme  (actual size is smaller than this)

Inside of the "Flannel Ball" Programme

This fabulous little programme made on card is dated Saturday June 26th although we dont have the exact date though would have thought from the 1920s.
(Photo: Kindly supplied by Marie Ives) will now also add this programme to the "Annual Ball" recent blog) added here on 21st September 2015

A Haslingden Banjo Band (Click over image to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly contributed by Marie Ives - At this point we are unaware of what the Band's official title would have been and we would welcome any information anyone could supply.
(Photo uploaded here on 21st September 2015 and also added to the Music Blog)
I am sure I recognize the gentlemen on the front right from one of the Haslingden St. James Football photos, will check later.....




CAN WE HELP TO IDENTIFY THE ABOVE PHOTO'S PLEASE (Please click over photos to enlarge if you wish).
Kathleen Carlson (nee Hollinrake) brought in these two photographs today and is trying to find out where the above photos relate, she has a feeling that they could be from the St. James Parish Church. IF YOU KNOW WHERE THE PHOTOS MAY RELATE WILL YOU KINDLY LET US KNOW PLEASE. (uploaded 19th September 2015)

Helmshore British Legion c1978  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly brought in by Bill Flynn and uploaded here on 20th September 2015.
This photo will shortly be uploaded to the "Proposed Football Team Blog" soon.



Helmshore BL - Jan 1974 - Acc League 2nd Div (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly brought in by Bill Flynn and uploaded here on 19th September 2015.
I will shortly upload photo to proposed new football blog.

J.H. Birtwistle's c1967 Medals Team (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly brought in by Bill Flynn and uploaded here on 19th September 2015
I will shortly upload photo to Medals Blog. (More photos from Bill shortly.

Stonefold St. Johns School mid 1950's (Click over the photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly brought in by Susan Wallace (nee Nuttall) uploaded here on 19th September 2015
Back Row: (1) Tony Warburton, (2) Alan Collinson, (3) Maurice Blezard, (4) ?, (5) ?, (6) Brian Uren, (7) Jimmy Cockerill, (8) Stewart Dickinson, (9) Stephen Haworth, Teacher: Mrs. Tomlinson.
Middle Row: (1) Sadie Shanks, (2) ?), (3) Sandra Heap, (4) ?, (5) Anne Rothwell, (6) Janet Edwards, (7) Margaret Collinson, (8) Kathleen Hodgkinson.
Front: (1) Trevor Wallace, (2) Stewart Counsel (3) Ralph Rushton, (4) ?, (5) Linda Saunders, (6) Brett Pearson, (7) ?, (8) Richard Hindle

Haslingden County Primary students c1959  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly brought in by Angela Hill (Nee Maddocks) and uploaded on 19th September 2015
Photo will shortly be added to the HCP Students Blog (more photos from Angela shortly)

Haslingden County Primary School c1957  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly brought in by Angela Hill (nee Maddocks) and uploaded here on 20th Sept 2015

Sandham and Hough Band (sextet)
Photo: kindly brought in by Kathleen Carlton (nee Hollinrake) and uploaded on 19th Sept 2015
Will shortly be uploaded to "Music from Hazeldene" Blog - More photos from Kathleen later

Cine Club - Helmshore Station Hotel c1964  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly brought in and uploaded to blog on 19th September 2015.


St. James Walking Day past Manchester Road Shops (Click over photo to enlarge)
(Photo: kindly sent in by Keith Gunton on 17th September 2015) - Will shortly be added to St. James blog etc.
Note: Wesleyan Methodist old School in the background, which later became the School Clinic and was later demolished to make way for the new Medical Centre.
Photo: estimate looking at the general clothes, setts etc could be from the 1940/50s

St. Mary's Rose Queen c1962
St. Mary's Rose Queen Patricia Rothwell and her maids of honour and Page Boys on the Alter



St. Marys RC Peace Procession - Blackburn Road Sept 6th 1919 (Click over photo to enlarge)



Haslingden St. Marys Morris Dancers at Belmont Hse, Rawtenstall (Click over to enlarge)
                                   Taken at Belmont school.Rawtenstall, Early 60s
Back Row ..Leader Rhuna Flynn
front to back
Margaret Donahue, Bernedette Flynn, ?? Margaret Winder, Mary ? Kathleen Collinge, Josephine Eastwood,  ??
Front row
Front to back

Susan Potter, Pat Durkin, Christine Dugdale, Myra Hall, Mary Cain, Christine Kenny, Marie ?   Sheila ?
Photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 9th September 2015

St. Marys Morris Dancers - 1963 - 1964  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Leader: Myra Hall
Photo: Kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 9th September 2015
St James Rose Queen 1978 - Pink dresses, Brown pants + waistcoats   (Click over photo to enlarge) 
Left .... right
 ?  ?        Mark Frohnapfel  Andrea Walkden (Rose Queen),    ?  ? ,  Stuart Whittaker, ?  ?  
Martin Ryding,    Carol Pinkerton,   ?  ?
 Front
Melanie Frohnapfel 

Mark Frohnapfel died in 1993 RIP

Church Lads Brigade Gym Photo (Click over photo to enlarge)
L to R: Back Row: Peter White, Master Fitton, Jack Pilling, David White, Brian Till.
Middle Row: Clive Beckett, George Whittaker, David Siddall, Donald Henry, Roy Frohnapfel, Master Barlow, Roy Hindle.
Front Row: ?,Stuart Kay, Stewart Smith,?,?,?,?.
(Photo: Kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 9th September 2015)


Sister Philomena's Class 1958 - St. Marys School - (Click over photo to enlarge)Myra Hall, Margaret Lee, Steven Rothwell, James Worthington,
(Photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 9th September 2015)



Church Lads Brigade Skiffle Group (Click over to enlarge)
L to R: Jack Pilling, Peter White, Brian Till (back), Roy Frohnapfel and David White
Photo: kindly sent in Myra Fronapfel on 9th September 2015)

Local "Re-Union" Notice:

Yes ---- following the tragic death of Billy Jones I have decided to try to organise a re Union within the coming six months for 50 years since starting at the old grammar school in 65/66. ... Some great lads and lassies !!  I have been in touch with a few recently ---- Keith --- Jerry--- Stephen ----Eileen ---- Sheila--- . I think it would be fun especially as we have now all passed the magic 60 in years !!!!! 
Myself ( Tony Brierley ) hi everyone !! - Long time no see !! - I now present my own radio show 
LDOK.net. -Weekly Live -( wed 11.00am) and repeats all week. It's called Tony's Time Machine--
Music --- guests ---- chat !!! Why don't you listen or even come on as a guest ??!! Jerry Rawlinson came on recently --- great catch up !!  
So all you mates out there from the class of 65/66 please get in touch with me at tonybrierley24@msn.com  Or Facebook ( Anthony Brierley ) and let's get a GRAND REUNION organised .....  Well Done everyone ---- --- hope you are all well.
Best Wishes.  TONY   (uploaded on 7th September 2015)
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St. Mary's Morris Dancers coming up Manchester Rd - Early 60s (please click over to enlarge)

Leader: Rhuna Flynn
Left Line from front to back: Myra Hall, Christine Dugdale, Susan Potter, Marika ?, Bernadette Flynn, ?,?, Josephine Durning (nee Eastwood) 
Right Line from front to back: Mary Cain, Pat Durkin, Shiela ?, Margaret Donahue

(Photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 6th September 2015

St. Mary's Morris Dancers from the early 1960's  (Click over photo to enlarge)
Taken at Belmont school Rawtenstall.
Back row left to right
Margaret Donahue, ??  Pat Durkin, Mary Cain, Christine Dugdale, Pat Swindles, Denice Holden, ?? Leader Bernedette Flynn
Front row
Left to right
Kathleen Collinge, Myra Hall, Marie ? Anne Greenwood, Barbara Mead, Susan Potter, Josephine Eastwood, Tiny girl ?? 
The dresses were pink with navy trim 
(Photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 6th September 2015


Grane Mill Engine House 

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Dancing at the Tankards (old Victoria Inn Pub) to "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd with Keith Gunton on the decks. (Click over photo to enlarge)
"Why are everybody holding their heads?"
"It was part of the dance routine for that particular record, and was the third step of a 11 step routine"
(Photo: kindly sent in by Keith Gunton on 5th September 2015)
Now filed under "Music from Hazeldene" Disco section
Haslingden County Primary School - 1959 (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: thanks to Keith Gunton and uploaded on 4th September 2014

Haslingden St. James Football Team 1964-65 (Click over to enlarge)
Back row - Steven Howarth, Raymond Patton, John Stitt, Jeffrey Valentine, Kenneth Davis, Glyn Jones, Clifford Grime
Front row - David Holt, Roy Barnes, Simon Farrer, Graham Wroe, David Clayton, Graham Dakin, Stephen Clark
Photo: Kindly sent in by Stephen Clark on 4th September 2015

 Haslingden St. James School 1961 - 62 with Mr. Marsh
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Stephen Clark has kindly sent in this missing to the blog school photos on 4th Sept 2015

Liberal Ball c1963 - The Helmshore Methodist Contingent (Click over photo to enlarge)

The Liberal Ball when Frank Mitchell was Mayor.
The photo shows the Helmshore Methodist contingent.
From left to right:-
Kenneth Riding, Valerie Barlow, Barbara Mudd, Keith Riding, Alan Isherwood, Ronnie Wolfenden, Ian Jefferson, Christine Mitchell, Florence Clough and Kathleen Barlow.  Obviously, the alcohol was just for the purpose of the photo!

(Photo kindly sent in by Florence Walsh (nee Clough) on 3rd September 2015.


Church Lads Brigade marching up Higher Deardengate (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 3rd September 2015

Church Lads Brigade marching up Higher Deardengate (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 3rd September 2015


Church Lads Brigade (Click over to enlarge)
Jack Pilling, Clive Beckitt, Billy Metcalfe and Roy Frohnapfel
Photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 3rd Sept 2015.

Violet Dearden crowning rose queen Claire Walkden, with Mark Frohnapfel cushion bearer
(Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo Kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 3rd September 2015

C.L.B. (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 2nd September 2015

 C.L.B. Reunion (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 2nd September 2015)


C.L.B. Practice at Drill Hall, Hindle Street - mid 1950s
Click over photo to enlarge - Photo kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 2nd September 2015


C.L.B. (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 2nd September 2015

St. Marys Student Photo from early 1960's (Click over photo to enlarge)
back row L
Charlie Gowers, Tony White, James Snowden, Joseph Hiluta,
2nd back L
Micheal Lynch, Micheal Rushworth, Kevin Morton, Stephen Rothwell, Robert Egan, Kevin Molloy, Robert ?
??, Anne Dickinson, Renata Chebynoski, Annette Nuttall, Kathleen Fulcher, Eileen ?, Myra Hall, Margaret Lee.
Front row,
Jacqueline Irwin, Anne Sourbutts,  ??, Margaret Holland, Geraldine Stuart, Monica O'Connor.

(Photo kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 2nd September 2015)


St. Mary's Rose Queen 1962/1963 - Whit Sunday Walk coming down Hillside Road
(Click over photo to enlarge)
(Photo kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 2nd September 2015)


St. Marys Rose Queen 1962/1963 (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 2nd Sept 2015

St. Mary's Rose Queen 1962/1963 - (Click over photo to enlarge)
As before ...  but including retiring Queen Teresa Carr, (left side of photo) and Mayor and Mayoress John and Tilda Walsh.
Dont know the name of Teresa's cushion bearer.
Myra . 
(Photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 2nd September 2015.


St. Mary's Rose Queen 1962/1963 (Click over photo to enlarge)

Back row left
Christine Hunter, Joanne Muchin, Renata Chebynoski, Myra Hall, Geraldine Boocock, Kathleen Fulcher, Geraldine Stuart, Anne Grenigan.
2nd Back,
John Egan, Kevin Milloy, James Snowden, Anne Greenwood, Cathrine Grearley, Father Percil  Monica O'Connor(rose queen)
front row
Tony White,  Kevin Morton,  Alan Mead
Michael Rushworth (cushion bearer)

(Photo kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 2nd September 2015)


(Click over photo to enlarge) (photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnaphel - 2nd Sept 2015)
Hi Bryan
I dont know where this was taken or the occasion, but that's my mum Vera Hall (nee Entwhistle) on far right in dutch girl costume, and the lady in the welsh outfit is I think Mary Watson.
My mum went to St Mary's RC church so it may have been to do with that ??
Myra 




Steve Rothwell kindly sent in this photo on 1st Sept 2015. Its of the interior of St. Mary's and he thinks it will be the funeral of a past priest.  It has been suggested it could have been Father Notterdam! 


The above photo is of Father Notterdam's funeral carriage outside of St. Mary's Church on Bury Road c1910.



Photo from John McGuire - Uncle Bob Berry 1930s - Church Lads Brigade (uploaded 30th August 2015)


Photo from John McGuire - Uncle Arthur Berry in brigade uniform, Uncle Jimmy in army uniform and son Jimmy 1944 - Photo uploaded 30th August 2015


Photo from John McGuire - Uncle jimmy in brigade uniform 1930's - Photo uploaded 30th August 2015


Photo from John McGuire - Uncle Arthur in brigade uniform with bass drum and me, Hilda and cousin Ernest (Uncle Bob's son) - (Photo uploaded 30th August 2015)

Photos 1,2 and 3 above were taken in the terraced row on Blackburn Road, opposite the lych gate and photo 4 was probably somewhere near the top Church. 


Added 30th August 2015 (Click over to enlarge).  I can only presume this may be a army band and the photo taken at the territorial army drillhall on Bury Road.  Shortly be adding to the Music from Hazeldene



This is a photo of the Old Billiard Hall and Cordingley's Motor Exchange which was on Higher Deardengate, in the building which is still there today next to the Library (next to Hindle Street). It certainly was not "pool" those days, but they seemed heavy on "billiards" rather than snooker. Snooker followed on.  So it all started in one era with BILLIARDS, then another era brought in SNOOKER and this then was followed by POOL.  And Cordingley's were into Cycles and Motor Cars. Cordingley's also had a place out by Prinny Hill, I dont know whether that was their first place or was it this one in the photo.  (please click over photo to enlarge)  Photo added 29th August 2015

Old St Thomas, Musbury Church Brigade photo (Click over to enlarge)
Photo kindly sent in by Peter Fisher on 28th August 2015
c1916 outside of Sunday School on Holcombe Road.  The vicar is Rev Winfield. And to the right hand side of the drums is Ben Fisher who later became the Mayor of Haslingden. (Thanks also to John Simpson for additional information)

Can we please try and help Kathy and identify where this is?  It has been suggested it is either Haslingden or possibly Waterfoot, but can you confirm were it could be. It has also been suggested that maybe the shop was prior to "Howard and Halstead the bakers. Please let me know if you have any suggestions thank you. (added 27th August 2015)





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Hi Bryan,
I have attached 4 pictures taken in the centre of Haslingden of what I think is part of
a St.Mary`s Rose Queen parade though not entirely sure.The year is about 1959.
The leader of the Morris Dancers is Maureen Ashe,
And my sister Elaine is on the last two but in different positions so on the Savings Bank 
Photo she in last place and Relayvision photo she is next to last place
Best Regards
Steve



St James Haslingden Cricket Team c1920 (photo Myra Frohnapfel)

Mr. Worsley and friends
Mr Worsley lived at the Carter Place Hall and owned local Mills.  It is said he had one of the best "Orchid" collections in England which included many rarities. Mr Worsley also played a large part at the St James Parish Church, in fact you can see a family memorial stain glass window within the Church and also the Lychgate.  He was also a keen supporter and sponsor to the Haslingden Cricket Club.  (Click over photo to enlarge)  Photo added 21st August 2015.

Canon Champneys and his staff at St. James Church (Top Church) Late c1890

His Staff was
Back Row (Left to Right)  Rev Fields (Curate), Mr. R.N. Hay (Lay Assistant), Rev. S.A.S. Ram (Curate), Mr. James Ashworth (Lay Reader)
Front Row (Left to Right)  Rev J.P. Haslam (Curate), Canon Champneys, Rev R. Parker (Curate)
(Click over photo to enlarge - photo added 21st August 2015)


c1894 architect drawing of the "New" vicarage alongside the St. James C of E School
Architect: Basil Champneys. (Click over drawing to enlarge)
Drawing added here on 21st August 2015



Haslingden St James Parish Church Football Team c1920 (Click over photo to enlarge)
Left to Right:
Back Row: Fred Schofield, Billy Johnson, Bob Hegarty
3rd Row from Front: John Thornley, Willie Ramsbottom, ?, Wm Greenwood, ?,?,?.
2nd Row from Front: Mr. Altham, Fred Cronshaw (in suit), Lewis Hall (in centre with Cup), ?,?.
Front Row: John Entwistle, Ralph Barnes, Sam Whitham, Alan Riley


(Photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 20th August 2015)




Two photos above of St. Mary's Walking day 1961/1962 (Photos: Julie Ashton - received 20th August 2015)



James Lewis Hall - Great War Certificate of Appreciation by Borough of Haslingden

Click over certificate to enlarge. Certificate kind sent in by Myra Frohnapfel who is the daughter of Mr. Hall (Cert uploaded on 19th August 2015) also Myra has sent in the undermentioned two photos of her dad whilst serving in the war

Private James Lewis Hall  - WW1 (first on left) - photo kindly: Myra Frohnapfel

Private James Lewis Hall - WW1  (Photo: Myra Frohnapfel)


A student photo from St. James C of E School 1918/1919 (Please click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: kindly sent in by Anne Jones and Carol Glasson whose mother Mrs Ada Holden was a pupil at the time. Ada died in 2011 at the great age of 98 3/4

19th August 2015 Photo taken from the front of the Old Vicarage

Church Lads Brigade Re-Union late 1950s
Photo uploaded on 19th August 2015

St. James Church Lads Brigade at the Hindle Street Drill Hall
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Photo: kindly sent in by Myra Frohnapfel on 19th August 2015
L to R: Back Row: Peter White, Master Fitton, Jack Pilling, David White, Brian Till.
Middle Row: Clive Beckett, George Whittaker, David Siddall, Donald Henry, Roy Frohnapfel, Master Barlow, Roy Hindle.
Front Row: ?, Stuart Kay, Stewart Smith,?,?,?,?.

I hope I have got these right Myra, sure someone will soon correct me if not!
Thanks for help from: Ian Edmundson (for naming Stewart Smith) also from Stewart Smith (for naming Stuart Kay)


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St. Marys Morris Dancers (Photo: Steve Rothwell) (Click over to enlarge)
I have just noticed that my grandmother,Mrs. A (Agnes) Frost is mentioned twice on your 
carnival blog,once as a carnival committee member and once as a dance sub-committee member. 
She had connections with St.Mary`s Morris Dancers.The picture attached may be from the carnival  
may be not,but Grandma is leading the dancers. She produced `gang` shows quite often,pictures may turn up and they were always at the Public Hall. 
Best wishes  
Steve Rothwell (Photo added 8th August 2015)

We have gone back to the following photo because Sharon Thomas has kindly come up with more names of the people in the photo.

Here is a photo of St. Mary's May Queen in the 1960s (photo kindly sent in by Deborah Armstrong)



(Names added 3rd August 2015 by Sharon Thomas are: Maureen Grealy, Janet Riley, Bernie O'Brien, Katherine Aldred, Alice Manning, John Higgins, Michael Hope, Paul Zebrowski and Kath O'Keefe, and Sharon Thomas on the far left.  Also Dean Purcell and Father McLaughlin. 









Photos: kindly from Steve Rothwell - Above is Photos of the St. Mary's May Queen possibly from 1962. The photo directly above shows Steve's sister Patricia as the May Queen, and also shows Kevin Touhey and John Egan to the right in short pants. Also Sister Philomena at the back (Photo added from HO&N Facebook on 1st August 2015)


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Steve Rothwell has kindly sent in these two St. Mary's photos both from 1957.

The top school photo is from 1957 and Steve's brother John is on both photos. He is 3rd from the left on the 2nd Row from the back of the School photo.  He is 2nd on the left on the middle row of the Church May Queen photo. (Photo: Steve Rothwell - 26th July 2015)




It looks to me that they have started building the new houses before they have finished knocking down the school.



Three more photos above kindly sent in by Andrew Bridge of the Haslingden Grammar School, prior to and during the demolition of this once fine building. CLICK HERE TO SEE 19 PHOTOS of the old Grammar School prior to and during demolition of the School.  (Photos: Andrew Bridge - uploaded here on 25th July 2015)




Andrew Bridge has kindly sent in more of his photos above which shows the old Marsden Square Flats taken from Rock Hall Road, the middle photo is of the last days of the Norweb showroom in Higher Deardengate, and the one just above shows BenFro in the old Market Hall and a shot of the demolition of the Haslingden Grammar School.  Andrew has also sent in lots more great photos of the Grammar School just prior to and during the demolition and I will upload these shortly. Please enjoy these great photos and click over them to enlarge. (Photos: A Bridge - uploaded on 25th July 2015.

Haslingden St. Mary's School 1933-34
1933-34 (above) girls only (Thanks to Carrie Creamer Hart (Canada) for sending this photo. It does show Carrie's grandmother, who is Rose Mary Davies and she is right smack in the middle of the picture (blonde curly haired girl... third row, 9th from the left). (Photo added this time on 25th July 2015)


Dear Bryan
A few words about the image '1933-34 . . . girls only' submitted by
Carrie Creamer Hart.
Re-reading the late Arthur Chappell's account of St Mary's parish I
learnt that the picture depicts the girls wearing the school uniform -
hence the gymslips.
It seems St Mary's was the first elementary school in the town to adopt
a uniform.
Initially intended only for the girls, parents of the boys argued all
the pupils in the school should have uniforms.
This popular innovation was introduced during the headship of Mr Owen
Lindsay.
Appointed to the Haslingden school in 1921, Mr Lindsay spent most of his
career at St Mary's and remained there to the time of his retirement.
The practice  of wearing the uniform was suspended with the outbreak of
World War II.
According the the local chronicler, the uniform gave the children a
feeling of equality and they showed care for their clothing.
Regards
John Dunleavy.



Great House Farm 1923 - Fred and Jordan Entwistle.
Nah then! thats what you call proper farming! and I'll bet the skylarks were singing..... (Click over photo to enlarge - Photo added 23rd July 2015)


Longfield House, Musbury
This photograph was taken on June 10th 1904 by Thos Firth who was born in the house.  He was on a visit from Perth, Australia, where he built a row of houses called Musbury Terrace.  The house was the old home of the Worswick family who ran Sliding's Mill on opposite bank of Musbury Brook. Photo added 23rd July 2015)



Thought this photo should be re-invented.  The photo was kindly sent in by Jennifer Gavin on 16th March 2012.  John Bedford kindly informed us that it was the 1973-74 team knockout between the Crown and The Great Tree and that the Crown won five to two.  It was played up at the Workers Club. He has also named all the players that night. From the left: Pete Hayworth, Bob Lewis, unknown?, Arthur Sedgewick, John Castley, Alan Collinson, Mick Machell R.I.P., Billy Whitcombe, Derek Whittaker, Tony Morley, Jim Pilling (at the back), John Pritchard, Steve Gordon and John Bedford. (Photo added 19th July 2015)




This is a photo of St. Mary's Communion Day in the 1960s.  Photo was kindly added to our Facebook pages by Deborah Armstrong (Click over to enlarge).  also photo to now be included in the St. Marys Blog. (added here on 13th July 2015)


I think it might be this gentleman in the photo below.  If so it would be Mr. C.H. Heathcote the headmaster of St. James Church of England School and also he was the deputy organist at St. James.
I am going with this one for now! (photo added 11th July 2015) the only problem I have with the photo below is that usually St. James photos were taken on the lawn and as a rule you would have the Church and Churchyard in the background, which in this photo it is obviously not! So now I am wondering was it took with the Salem Church in the background and if so did the Salem have chimney pots. taken with Regent St in the back would not be right because of it being a row of chimneys in a pure horizontal line, so cant see it being from that direction either. 


Unknown School Party from 1919, the only reference is the name Mrs. Barlow
Do you know who the school group is?  I seem to recognise the gentlemen on the right from other older photographs, I will see if I can find and cross reference.... (Click over photo to enlarge - photo added here on 11th July 2015


Photo: Workers at Duckworth Clough Mill - Click over to enlarge

 Hi Bryan,
The man on the left of the cabinet with white hair is Joseph Johnson, my great granddad.
He wrote and produced the Lancashire dialect dramas Old Nats mill(1919) and
The Plovers of Grane(1923) at the public hall. My granddad William(Billy) Johnson
later revived the dramas and produced them at St.James church in 1951 and 1953.
I still have the original handwritten scripts.
              Best Wishes  Stella Waters        


Presentation for Mr. T.D. Lees who was Secretary for 27 years at Haslingden Cricket Club. Presentation by Mr. W. Dawson at HCC, Bentgate on 27th January 1976.
Harry Whittaker, Stewart Molloy, Tom Lees, Bill Holden, Chris Aspin, Mr.W. Dawson, Tony Holden, Chris Chaplow. (Photo included 6th July 2015 - Please click over photo to enlarge)
A fabulous photo kindly sent in by Douglas Newton which shows all the chimneys from Hud Hey to the Station. Note the old railway signal which was of a newer one when I used to play around that area but still in that very spot, and where the wall is on the bottom left hand corner was upended railway sleepers (in fact still there) I wonder why anyone would take a wall down like that to put timber sleepers?) and also the chimneys to the top left belonging to the Top O'th Slate.  How many chimneys are there?  I have managed 12 definite and a possible 13. That's a proper industrial photo of Haslingden's chimneys (Photo added: 5th July 2015)


Haslingden Cricket Club 2nd Eleven - Joint Champions Lancashire Junior League c1963
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Barlow Terrace Helmshore c1920s (Click over to enlarge)
The photograph is labelled "early 1920's". I have received communication on 5th July 2015 from Mr Andrew Neil Taylor as follows: "From my understanding the photo of Barlow Terrace, Helmshore will be post 1920's as the roadway shown running up the valley bottom was not built until the 1930's by Porritts during the Great Depression".

Camms Mill c1910 (Click over to enlarge)


Church Army Van visiting Haslingden and Helmshore (Click over to enlarge - Photo added 27th June 2015)

The staff and workers of the Duckworth Clough Mill.  (Click over photo to enlarge - Photo added on 27th June 2015) (Seen photo in Duckworth Clough blog) 



Armistice - Reading of the declaration - Outside of the Municipal Buildings, Bury Road, Haslingden c1919. (Click over photo to enlarge) Photo added: 26th June 2015


This is a beautiful painting of the Grey Mare Inn, Haslingden in 1840. I wish I knew who had done this painting and then we could give him full credit here for doing such a lovely work of art. I can only presume it must be the Grey Mare over Grane Road on the junction with the turn off which goes to Pickup Bank. It certainly looks very much like that's the one! The only other Grey Mare which was in Haslingden as far as I know, was The Regent which was originally called the Grey Mare (see photo below showing it when it was the Grey Mare Hotel). (added 25th June 2015) - Click over to enlarge

Marie Ives kindly added on 25th June 2015.  

She remembers paintings which were hung up on the walls of the Regent Pub, and remembers one in particular of the Grey Mare Inn, which she thinks was painted by Jack Edge

Michael Mullaney kindly added on 26th June 2015.

Hi Bryan,
The painting is I believe to be the Grey Mare in Regent Street and not over Grane.  Comparing the photograph with the painting the construction is almost identical.  I think the Grey Mare over Grane has only two levels!
The name was changed to the Regent when the street was named Regent Street after the Prince regent.
Other street names changed over time.  The start of Bury Road at Market Place was once called Silver Street.  The start of Manchester road also had another name which unfortunately I cannot just recall, sorry.
Greenfield Street was Cooperative Street. Chapel Street was Sheep Green. The start of Blackburn Road was called Chapel Street possibly because of the Chapel there. Bank Street was called Parsonage Lane and lets not forget Pag House Lane was changed in its upper half to Spring Lane, and to Railway Road in the bottom half.  Top of Hudrake was called Mount Pleasant and Pleasant St., Back Pleasant Street and Far Back Pleasant Street was called Club Houses.


Above is a photo of the Grey Mare Hotel in Regent Street, Haslingden. It was called this back in the late 1800s and still called that in 1920.  Sometime after this it changed its name to the Regent Pub. (added 25th June 2015 - Click over to enlarge)




Thanks to Joan Merrill for kindly sending in the above two photos.  "This one here shows Joan's uncle, Jim Mead, the man with the bucket in the above photo, he lived in one of the cottages at Pitt Heads before moving to Wells Street.  He kept the garden at the top of Wells Street and in the late 1950's there was a burst water main in the area and as you can see in the photo at the top a queue has been formed by the well.  He and his friends were kept busy all day." (Photos added 23rd June 2015)


Some fabulous information has been posted from a old newspaper cutting which outlines the historic LAUND HEY AND THE CRIBDEN FLATTS and gives account of it being used for Horse Racing and then later for Cricket and other recreational uses.

The Main headings are:
THE OLD HASLINGDEN RACES,
THE RACE PROGRAMME OF 1761, 
LAUND HEY AS PUBLIC RECREATION GROUND
HISTORIC GROUND,
FROM HORSE RACES TO CRICKET

this information has now been added to the end of my existing blog entitled Top O'th' Slate.


HGS visit to Paris in 1960. The teachers were Mr. Alan (Ernie) Peckett to the left hand side, and Mrs. England to the right hand side.  I think it was on the steps of the Hotel de Ville.
(Photo: kindly sent in by John Tomlinson and posted 20th June 2015)
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Email received 24th June 2015:  The correct name of the French teacher on the HGS Paris trip is Alan Peckett.  He got the nickname "Ernie" from the "Little Ernie" game that was played at all the HGS Christmas parties.  Since Alan wasn't very tall, he had to put up with his Ernie nickname throughout his years at HGS. - Joan Gudgeon

Firstly, a great blog, I read it regularly and it brings back many memories, particularly St. James Primary School, Haslingden Grammar School and the Church Lads Brigade.
Attached is a photo that I own of St. Peters church walking day. I believe it was in 1959 and I defected shortly afterwards to St James church so that I could join the Church Lads Brigade.  I am the pageboy at the front carrying the cushion. I cannot recall the names of anyone else, perhaps your other readers may know some of them. Keep up the great work
kind regards
Stewart Smith
(Photo added: 18th June 2015)

Jeff Stevens added on 20th June 2015 - I think the young girl behind Stewart and the "Queen" is Lynne Reece daughter of the then vicar of St Peters. 
Regards
Jeff

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Hi Bryan,
Attached old map of Haslingden date not sure but probably at the end of the 18th century?
You may have seen it but its interesting to see just what was and wasn't developed and the names.
Rakefoot is Tower Hill.
Rockhall is clearly shown this is where Michael Davitt once lived.
The road from Pit Heads looks like a well established going down what is now Poplar Street to Bury Road.
Old Turnpike at junction of Bury Road and Back Lane with its own small community around what we knew as Size House.
Blackburn Road was New Road and Chapel Street.
Marsden Square looks organised and Market Hotel.
There is a Well marked near where Wells Street would be built.
Dearden Gate Turnpike.
The rest is open land nothing past Pleasant Street etc.
Michael Mullaney.
(Photo and text sent in by Michael Mullaney on 6th June 2015)

Michael, I am wondering if the area known as "Pits Head" relates in anyway to their being a mine in the area previous, or could it have been a "Sand Pit", does anyone actually know what "Pits Head" relates to in this case? the same area is also remembered by another name if I can remember it I will post it on the blog


c1911 Coronation - Sunday Schools gathered on Marsden Square
Showing the Market Hotel in the background.
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This is a photo of the Clark Concertina Band and shows Walter Clark at the front left. This is a photo which will be later included within the new "Haslingden Musician's Blog" to be started soon. Photo: kindly sent in by Marie Ives and published here on 2nd June 2015)


Here is a old photo of the "Hazeldene Prize Jazzband", I think one of my "old" relations maybe on it!  I am hoping very shortly to do a feature blog on the musicians of Haslingden and do already have some Band and Orchestra photos in readiness, but obviously would welcome any further photos for the blog.  We had the Borough and Prize Bands, School and Borough Orchestras, Dance Bands, Beat Groups and then individuals who loved to play their instruments.  If you have any input you think you can give on this "topic" please let me know - thanks..... Can you recognize the background?  I think it may well be Worsley Park (now the childrens play area) with the rockery background..


Hello Bryan!
My name is Les Caine, and since 1987, I and my mother, have lived at 5 Greenfield Gardens, here in Haslingden. My mother was the warden here for many years, up until just a few years ago. The reason for my email, is that, I have often heard some of the older residents here, talking about a mansion, that used to occupy the site, before the current Greenfield Gardens scheme was built, around 1959 I think it was.
I was wondering if you had any information, regarding the existence and location of this mansion or manor house.
I would be absolutely fascinated to learn anything regarding this Mansion/Manor house, and who lived there and when.
Apparently, what is now the bowling green in the Memorial Gardens, used to be part of this mansion and was actually, supposedly the tennis court.
I do not know if all, or even any of this is actually true or not, as I say, it is just something I have heard some of the older residents talk about occasionally.
I would be most grateful for any information!
Yours Sincerely
Les Caine
dated 28th May 2015



Les I can only help in so much that I do have the following two photos in the archive (shown further down). Before its demolition to make the Greenfield Gardens it had been a Massage Centre called the Greenfield Massage Centre.  Prior to this I am informed that it was once the residence of the local Industrialist "Stott" family, and prior to that the "Warburton" family

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(Received 29th May 2015)  I was around 9 years old I was practising for a gym display on the vicarage lawn at St James Primary school and I broke my arm . The headmaster Mr John Haworth or Jonty as he was known took me to a building in Greenfield Gardens where they X- rayed my arm before sending me to Accrington Victoria Hospital to have it set in plaster. I remember being absolutely terrified . The X Ray machine was huge and when they started to lower it over my arm I thought I would be crushed . How things have changed since the late 1940's !!!!  Hope this will be of interest . Regards Dorothy Birtwistle . 

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(Received 29th May 2015) Mails received from Marie Ives and also Michael Mullaney, suggest you read the article in Chris Aspin's and Derek Pilkington's old book from 1979 called "Haslingden" on pages 109 and 110 which gives a good account.  (Permission kindly given by Chris to use his articles).



(Received 29th May 2015) Chris Aspin - I recall the building being used for
electrical treatment either during the war or soon afterwards.
Two nurses ran the show.

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St. Peters Boy Scouts c1920

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Photo added 28th May 2015

St Peters Church Girl Guides c1926
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Well if these photos don't cool you down! I guess its probably the opposite of what we want right now!  But Andrew Bridge has kindly shared his photos from 1994 showing that Haslingden really does get snow from time to time.

The top photo shows Bury Road with the Mary Hindle Resource Centre, and further on the Grammar School can be seen. 2nd photo is showing Hargreaves Street at the junction with King Street and here it shows the old Haslingden Marsden Square Flats. The 3rd photo down is showing the old Market Place area where the "Big Lamp" once stood. The Trades Club can be seen on one corner and the old tyre place etc etc etc can be seen on the opposite corner at the top of Bell Street. The 4th and final photo is again of Hargreaves Street showing the Mill on the right hand side and the flats on the left.

(Photos: Andrew Bridge included here on 20th May 2015)


Haslingden Home Guard early c1940s
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Photo: uploaded 3rd May 2015



Statham and Hirst - Insurance Brokers old office in Lower Deardengate
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Both photos have been kindly sent in by Barbara Hendry who used to work at the Offices. The Offices where closed in the 1990s and she found them in one of the cupboards.  It is thought that they originally would have belonged to Mr. Statham when he originally bought the property.
Photos: uploaded on the blog on 2nd May 2015.  Will also be added to Lower Deardengate Blog.



I have included this photo from a earlier blog entitled "58 But Where in Haslingden" and a request was made to try and establish whereabouts in Haslingden was this frontage.

Barbara who sent in the above Statham and Hirst photos wonders if perhaps the old Offices may be the same front as shown in this No.58. She mentions the door seems very similar in both photos. The only thing here which throws me a little is that in the Statham old photos it shows large dressed stones to both the right hand and left hand of the shop, whereby in this photo it shows "set back shoddies".


S.S.Stotts c 1895 - These look a right gradely lot!
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Photo: added 2nd May 2015


Helmshore Station with line going off to the Mill
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The line carried railway trucks delivering raw materials to the 2nd floor of the Mill.  The mill was on Station Road (Bowl Alley) and burnt down in the 1980's
(Photo: kindly sent in by John Simpson (Chunky) on 1st May 2015



S.S.Stotts c1944 making Shell cases for the War Effort
The lady in front is Hilda Simpson (nee Hilda Walsh).  Hilda is mother to both (John Simpson known as Chunky  - and his sister Judith Simpson.
Hilda also did Fire watching 2 nights a week over a shop in Haslingden,  Her future husband was William Simpson (Billy) who had landed near Dunkirk

Photo: John Simpson (Chunky) sent in on 1st May 2015


S.S.Stotts c1944 making Shell cases for the War Effort
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Just found this photo in the archive which is the same as above, but here is the full photo which actually shows another group of ladies to the right and also there are a couple of ghostly faces at the front as well.
Photo: added 2nd May 2015

Lower Deardengate, Haslingden 
Good photo showing the area where the old Nat West Bank stands
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Photo: currently being offered for sale on Ebay auctions on 30th April 2015

 Father Notterdam's funeral procession going down Warner Street
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The party is seen here going down Warner Street on their way to the Holden Hall Cemetary.
Note there was no Cordingleys on the corner when this photo was taken.
Photo: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 27th April 2015

Gathering at Trinity Baptist Church, Blackburn Road
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Photo: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 27th April 2016


Old Postcard of Road End, Sykeside
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Note garden fronted houses with railings
Photo: kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 26th April 2015
St. Marys RC Peace Procession at Vale Street c1919
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Photo added on 26th April 2015


St. Marys RC Peace Procession c1919
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Photo added 26th April 2015



St. Marys R.C. Peace Procession September 6th 1919
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Showing the procession passing Vale Street.  All the fronted gardens had railings.
Photo: kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 26th April 2015

Haslingden Holiday Postcard
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Postcard: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 24th April 2015

Postcard of Hutch Bank area showing the Dyers Arms
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Photo: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 24th April 2015


Junction of Rockhall and Rakefoot - Teddy (Nugget) Berry's Rag and Bone Yard
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Photo: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 24th April 2015



Holcombe Hunt Meet at White Horse c1926
(Click over photo to enlarge)Note building of new Council Houses
Photo: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 23rd April 2015

Musbury Church Womens Carnival c1914
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Photo: Thanks to Michael Mullaney for kindly sending this photo on 23rd April 2015







Father Notterdam's funeral gathering outside St Mary's RC Church on Bury Road

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Higher Deardengate c1914
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I wonder where that large factory chimney was showing in the background?  Maybe it
was from the Baxters Brewery on Lower Lane or was there somewhere else I wonder!
Photo: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 22nd April 2015

Blackburn Road/Manchester Road 1908
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This postcard shows tackle outside the shop of Saddlers Green to the right, also it is before the
corner building became the Midland Bank.
Photo: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 22nd April 2015


Market Square 1905
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This is a interesting postcard which shows the Swan Hotel and Althams early shop, 
also the big lamp, and a shop on the corner which is now the Trades Club
Photo: kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 22nd April 2015


Another photo of religious gathering on Marsden Square (Click over photo to enlarge)
Note of particular interest the original Hargreaves Street Mill to the right hand side of the photo,
this mill was eventually destroyed by a fire. 
Photo: kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 22nd April 2015


 This is a photo of a religious gathering on Marsden Square, 
Note the Market Hotel in the background with Shaws Ales and Stout. (Click over photo to enlarge)
You never saw anyone who was not wearing a hat those days!
Photo: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 22nd April 2015

Funeral procession of Rev. Wm Hoare 1914
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Shows procession going down Chapel Street and adjoining Bury Road, whilst passing Luke Ralphs, and also Watson (tobacconist and hairdressers) note the barbers pole on the front of the shop. Today this same shop is the butchers. 

Also if you look closely in the background its showing what look like three storey properties, I
wonder if these would have been old properties of the area known as "Sheep Green"?
Here again we have another example of when in those days the gents walked in a group together whilst the ladies also walked in separate groups!
Photo: kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 21st April 2015


Received mail from Marie Ives on 22nd April 2015 "The houses at the top where Sheep Green with other houses that had a frontage on Rakefoot, that is why they give the appearance of being 3 stories One of my Mum's uncles is stood in the doorway of the workshop. I have a picture of the shop when it was a saddlers in the early years of the last century and also when it was a grocers about mid 30's. This where I grew up and I have many happy memories. Marie Ives

Funeral of the Rev. Wm Hoare at King Street Methodist Chapel
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Photo: kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 21st April 2015

King Street Methodist Chapel
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All that remains is the small graveyard
Photo: kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 21st April 2015

Pleasant Street just prior to demolishion 1968. 
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Ginnel linking Pleasant Street with Back Pleasant Street. Towns were full of ginnels and short cuts.  Also of note is the beautiful old "sash" leaded windows on the property to the right.
 Photo: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 21st April 2015

Haslingden Lower Deardengate c1900(Click over photo to enlarge)
The writing on the Horse Drawn Tanker states "Rocklife Safe Oil Company"

Also filed under Deardengate East Blog
Photo: Kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 21st April 2015

St James Vicarage just off Regent Street
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This is the first time I have seen a photo of the vicarage from this angle

Also filed under St. James Blog
Photo: kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney on 20th April 2015


Autocross Plastics - Years 1971 to 1995 (painted by Paul) (Click over to enlarge)
I am Bill Cross jnr ,I say jnr I am the son of Bill Cross snr who had the shop at prinny hill Blackburn rd  selling glassfibre  car panels known as  Auto cross plastics  I had a picture painted of the shop for fathers 60th birthday, dad died in 2008 and aged 68 .We as a company are still here now providing bus shelters and street furniture in the uk and around the world .The company is now 50 years old and we have moved to bigger premises in Altham Business park .I would like you to post this picture on the blog  I'm sure it will stir comments and happy memories -I hope so
Thanks again
Bill cross jnr
(Painting included on 17th April 2015)

Celtic FC or St Marys Football Club 1915-1916 (Click over photo to enlarge)

Here we have a fabulous photo which shows lads who were the forefathers of some of our
well known family names in Haslingden eg: McIntyre, Harper, Mannion, Doherty, Durkin,
Walsh, Kelly, Larkin, Lundy, McWade, McIntyre, Ashton, Howlett

Photo included 14th April 2015
"Where Fairies Dance to the Spirits tune"


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Plunder the Glen, our dear Fairy Glen,
Where serpents hiss out loud, like,
Watchful guards o’er a bountiful bond!
Keep ever quiet to hear the creaking tales,
Of spirits weaving in and out of shadows,
Whispering their past in drunken mourn.

A worth of skilful touch to bubbling air,
That made the Fairies bent with glee,
And whisked off their feet in giddy spree,
Whilst glowing a faint flickering light,
As they brushed past the stillness of night,
It’s still going on century on and on and on

Written by Bryan Yorke -  14th April 2015



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Haslingden Girl Friendly Society photo (Click over to enlarge)
Photo included: 13th April 2015

  Stott and Vizzard on Blackburn Road and next door to Cliffords (Photo kindly sent in
by Ken Stott.)  Photo included 13th April 2015

Clifford Hargreaves shop on Blackburn Road (Photo kindly sent in by Clifford)
Photo: included on 13th April 2015

 Officers of the St Johns Ambulance on Lyndale Avenue.  Photo kindly supplied by Mrs. Joyce Thorne - added on 13th April 2015

Officers and Nurses of St Johns Ambulance on Lyndale Avenue.  Photo kindly supplied by Mrs. Joyce Thorne - added on 13th April 2015

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A lot of people I have spoken to did not realize that the "old" Cordingley's also used to run the Char-a-Banc as well as selling cycles and motor cars. I have posted already on the blog photos showing Cordingleys Char-a-Banc outside of the Trinity Baptist Church taking their members on a day outing. Also there is another photo showing Cordingley's near to Glebe Cottages on Rising Bridge Road taking a works outing  (added this photo on 12th April 2015)

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This is a very interesting photograph.  I think it may well have been taken on Blackburn Road outside the old Co-op buildings which are now the antique centre, and next door was Hunts Fish and Chip shop, where in this photo it shows the same shop as Bullock & Sons.  Also another fact that helps identification to this is the tram lines.

From old photographs the other two gentlemen in uniform look like they could possibly be from the St. James Church Lads Brigade, I also seem to recognise the bearded gentlemen from other CLB photos, the officers did used to wear uniform hats like this and also the medallion on the breast of the bearded gentlemen looks very like CLB Medal.
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Helmshore Village Fete photo - year unknown.
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Dear sir I have been looking at old photos of Helmshore and I note one marked no2 A Constantine Helmshore.  I am Christopher Constantine and my family lived in Helmshore from the 1860s the women holding a bag and wearing a black hat looks remarkably like my great grand mother who lived at the Bungalow in snighole Helmshore she died in 1944. Do you have any more info on this gathering?
Kind regards
C.Constantine.

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Opening of the Haslingden Central Council School on 21st August 1915 (Click over to enlarge)

The gentleman opening the event and handing over the keys to the school representative is Councillor Tom Baxter who was Mayor of Haslingden at that time.  The gentleman stood in front of the right hand pillar is Councillor Ervin Russell who was to take over from Tom Baxter as Mayor later that year (1915).

Councillor Tom Baxter (Mayor 1913 to 1915 and again 1924 to 1925) The Twelfth Mayor

Following upon declaration of War against Germany on the 4th of August, 1914, the Mayor and Mayoress organised the resources of the Borough to aid the Government and to sustain the Forces on Sea and Land.  Public Hall in occupation as Auxilliary Military Hospital from October 4th, 1914. Motor Ambulance Car (see photo below) presented to the Borough on behalf of Subscribers by the Mayoress, on the 24th of January, 1914, to celebrate the visit of Their Imperial Majesties King George V and Queen Mary to Haslingden in July, 1913.  Inauguration of the "Baxter" Motor Fire Engine on the 10th March 1915.  Central Council Schools opened by the Mayor on the 21st of August 1915, Helmshore War Memorial Gardens taken over by the Town Council on the 6th of May 1925, First Electrical Exhi bition in May 1925, First Health Week in October, 1925.

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Haslingden's Ambulance outside the Robinson Kay Home at Walmesley, Bury (Nowadays Priory)  Photo added on 27th March 2015

 Car Park on Blackburn Road which is now the Market approx 1980s
Kindly donated by Anonymous and put on 24th March 2015

Another of Blackburn Road/Prinny Hill/Laburnham where Bramwells Fish Shop used to be
Kindly donated by Anonymous and put on 24th March 2015

Blackburn Road/Prinny Hill/Laburnham St where Danny Rudges Chip Shop and Bramwells Fish Shop Was
Kindly donated by Anonymous and put on 21st March 2015

Blackburn Road/Prinny Hill/Laburnham St where Danny Rudges Chip Shop and Bramwells Fish Shop Was
Kindly donated by Anonymous and put on 21st March 2015
 

  Building Flats at Prinny Hill/Laburnham Street 
Kindly donated by Anonymous and put on 21st March 2015


Building Flats at Prinny Hill/Laburnham Street
Kindly donated by Anonymous and put on 21st March 2015
 Marsden Square Flats - now demolished
Kindly donated by Anonymous and put on 21st March 2015

Marsden Square Flats - now demolished
Kindly donated by Anonymous and put on 21st March 2015


St. Marys School Student photo from about 1956 (Please click over to enlarge)

Back Row from L: Noel Coffee, John Flynn, Ken Wroe, John Lagreki, Alan Gowers, Michael Murray, Jimmy Parkinson, Tony Frost, Martin Molloy, Terence Fletcher, Raymond Moore.
3rd Row from the L: Jean Mortimer, Maureen O'Niel, Alan Lomax, John Timlin, Michael Riley, Billy Lang, Tom Eastwood, John Maddison, John Entwistle, Michael Hogan, Terry Laffy, Kathleen Armitage, Barbara Farrelly.
2nd Row from L: John Toole, Mary Navin, Valerie Law, Hazel Flynn, Shiela Hopkinson, Francis Sibbering, Mr. Brennan, Rita Timmins, Pat King, Helen Mary Hopkinson, Angela Kenny, ?, Bernadette Thompson, John Greenwood.
Front Row from L: Rhuna Flynn, ?, Margaret Ormerod, Pat Gallagher, Joan Molloy, Patricia Rowan, ?, 

Kindly sent in by Jean Wolstenholme on 16th March 2015.  (Also will be filed under St. Mary's Student Blog)

St Mary's School photo from the early 1950's

Photo: kindly sent in by Jean Wolstenholme on 11th March 2015. Please click over photo to enlarge

Back Row from Left: ?, Martin Molloy, Alan Gowers, Michael Murry, Michael Riley, Billy Lang, John Timlin, John Toole, Michael Hogan, John Maddison, John Greenwood,
Middle Row from Left: Raymond Moore, Alan Lomax, Kathleen Armitage, Mary Josephine Whalley, Veronica Allen, Pat King, Rosemary Ivanovic, Mary Navin, ?,?,?.
Front Row from Left: Pat Gallagher, Francis Siobbering, Bernadette Thompson, Christine McKay, ?, Valerie Law, Shiela Berry, Shiela Hopkins, Margaret Ormerod, Jean Mortimer, Rhuna Flynn, Helen Mary Hopkinson. 

St. Mary's School photo from the early 1950's

Photo: kindly sent in by Jean Wolstenholme on 11th March 2015. Please click over photo to enlarge

Back Row from Left: Martin Molloy, John Entwistle, Michael Hogan, John Greenwood, John Toole, Michael Grecko, Terrence Fletcher, Alan Lomax, Raymond Moore.
Middle Row from Left: Michael Riley, John Maddison, John Timlin, Billy Lang, ?, Tom Eastwood.
Front Row from Left: Margaret Ormerod, ?, Valerie Law, Mary Navin, Shiela Berry, Pat King, Pauline Brown, Veronica Allen, Helen Mary Hopkinson, Barbara Farrelly, Jean Mortimer, Shiela Hopkins, Pat Gallagher.


Both the above photos will be included within the St. Marys Student photo blog shortly. 



This one is of Charles T Page marrying Elsie Wolstenholme at Haslingden Parish Church. For this one, besides the photo (taken in the church or in the studio?) I also have a cutting- hence the knowledge that Elsie was an officer in the 21st Rossendale Girl Guides and a/the Secretary at Haslingden Grammar School.



Photo: Kindly sent in by Keith Burton on 13th March 2015


 For this photo I have no idea of the date or the people involved. The styles suggest
the war period or before - anyone got any ideas?
Photo: Kindly sent in by Keith Burton on 13th March 2015
Following on from the cycling proficiency pic last week here is one of a group of us at Criccieth in 1965 - Haslingden Grammar School Students.  From Left to Right I am pretty sure we have the following: Steven Smith, Roger Woods, Stephen Buskey, Craig Fleming, Jeremy Rawlinson (above) John Riley (below).
Photo: Kindly sent in by Steven Smith on 2nd March 2015



The photo shows Rawtenstall Astoria Ballroom on the left hand side, where many a Haslingden soul went especially on the Saturday nights. I will shortly add this to the Astoria Blog.
(Photo: kindly sent in by Peter Fisher on 28th February 2015)





The above three photos show the funeral procession of Late Mr. J.L. Whittaker.  The photo shows the procession whilst on its approach to Ebenezer Baptist Church going up through Pleasant Street in the year c1911. It is quite obvious from the attendance by so many distinguished people that Mr Whittaker was held in high esteem.  I wonder if it was the forerunner to the same Whittaker family who owned the cotton manufacturers down Grane Road?

 It looks so grand to see so many in bowlers and top hats whilst trudging the wet stone setts. Where are all the ladies? they must have come along after the gentlemen! WOW is that how it was them days!  there's been lots of changes since this photo was taken.

 I was wondering what perhaps qualified you to be wearing a top hat against wearing a bowler hat?  It looks to me from the photos that perhaps the more mature gentlemen got the privilige of wearing the Top Hat! there was definitely something in this because its as though the top hats were in their own little groups! So not just ladies that were segregated!

(Please click over photos to enlarge. (Photos kindly sent in and uploaded on 26th February 2015)


I am a Lancastrian in exile in the Midlands.  I really enjoy your nostalgia site.  I grew up in Helmshore, where I attended primary school, and then went to HGS.  Sundays, were spent at Springhill Wesleyan Methodist Chapel which amalgamated, about 1962, with Zion Primitive Chapel to form Helmshore Methodist Chapel.
I have found the attached photo which I do not remember seeing on your site.  It was taken before a Whit Walk on the steps of Springhill, about 1951.
From the left at the bottom is me, Florence Clough, Jean Coupe, ??, Christine Mitchell, Cheryl Edgerton,?!?!, Janet Schofield and in front of the basket, Gwen Entwistle.  Further back are:- Margaret Ramsbottom, Gillian Parkinson, ? Cordingley, Beryl Jepson and her cousin Joan, Barbara Seville, Gwen Fitton.  Sorry that it is not brilliant quality. Best wishes Florence Walsh. (Photo kindly sent in and uploaded on 26th February 2015)


Cycle Proficiency Test - County Primary School c1963
This photo has been kindly sent in by Steven Smith who took part in this Cycle Proficiency test whichwas held in the School playground. The Mayor was Councillor Frank Mitchell  of Helmshore.
It was taken prior to undertaking our cycling proficiency test.  I am Steven Smith no. 30.  I only lived in Haslingden from 1960 to 1966 but loved it.  I have just seen the two pics of my class at the primary school from 59 and 60 but they appear to be from just before I joined.  I recognise a few names (and a couple of faces) though. 
I think I can remember the names of the boys on the cycling pic but not sure about the girl. 
I have managed to find myself on the HGS picture from 1965 and also the Criccieth school camp from the same year. Thank you. Steven Smith  
(Photo: Steven Smith and sent in on 23rd February 2015)


Gospel Street Mission

Kindly sent in by Keith Burton: These are my last two processions for the time being.  Does anyone know more about the Gospel Misson on Bury Road, when these might have been taken and where A. Haworth's shop was?

BJY: I was'nt aware the Gospel Mission was previously on Bury Road, although it does reference the Mission to have started at the bottom of Chapel Street (which I suppose is almost Bury Road), I only ever knew of the one on George Street, Haslingden, next to the IDL Club which was closed down and eventually ravaged by Fire.



Looking at the clothe's they are wearing, they would probably not correspond with the early 1850's period!  It looks to me more like the 1930s-1940s period, and Its is running through my mind that these photos could possibly relate to the Gospel Mission which is/was at Wood Top, Bury Road, Rawtenstall. Can anyone out there help on this?



  I have now found this reference taken from Chris Aspin's Book "Haslingden" p104 - The church was opened on November 13th 1859 - The Haslingden Gospel Mission was started by a wheelwright and a coal merchant in 1885 after they had seen a group of clergymen playing cards for money.  The first meeting place was a lodging house at the bottom of Chapel Street to which many went in clogs and shawls.  Services were subsequently held in the lower room of the Public Hall until the George Street Premises were opened in 1896. 

There was also a "Mission" at the bottom of Union Street but I was too young to have taken notice of what it was called!



Photos: kindly sent in by Keith Burton on 22nd February 2015



Update from Marie Ives at 2100hrs 22nd February 2015: The picture is Bury Road, Rawtenstall.  The Gospel Mission in Haslingden was On George Street and the small church at the bottom of Union Street off Blackburn Road at the time of the end of the war was the Gospel Hall.  I remember going there with my schoolfriends on Monday evenings.  It was demolished together with the doctor's surgery at the bottom of Regent Street for road widening in later years.  Marie Ives







Update from Jackie at Haslingden Roots at 1300hrs 23rd February 2015: A old photo here from Jackie at Haslingden Roots which now confirms that the photos above do definately refer to the Rawtenstall Gospel Mission at Bury Road, Woodtop, Rawtenstall.



Here is a photo I purchased (via ebay ) last year which shows Haslingden Station after closure, when most of the station buildings on the North Side had already been removed. The steam train in the photo is a double header (two steam trains at the front)  Good distance photo of Clough End Mill, and you can just about make out the houses which were Back Carr Mill Street. This photo shows the original watercourse of the Swinnel Brook which you can clearly see on the left of the photo, the brook had crossed under the railway at about the point where the front of the train can be seen and then ran parallel with the railway track and then crossed back under the railway track yet again and under the Station at roughly the point of the foot bridge and came out again just above the Commercial Mill Company just at the side of the North Hag Tunnel (mound) at the point of the start of  Bridge Street (or maybe locally better known as Donkey Row). The watercourse these days has been diverted from its original course to run alongside the bye pass on the opposite side of the track (or bye pass). (photo: added on 20th February 2015) - Please enlarge the photo by clicking over



Haslingden County Primary School c1960 teacher: Miss Landless
Back: David Whittaker, Brian Grimshaw, Leslie ?, ??,??,David Haworth, Andrew Hargreaves, Norman Nicholas.
Middle: Angela Maddocks, Eve Nicholas, Sheila Entwistle, Lynn Kempson, Rita Wild, ??, Evelyn ?, Shirley Hughes, Susan Cooper.
Middle Seated: ??, Denise Ratcliffe, Jean Harwood, Linda Thorpe, Margaret Meynell, ??, Susan Nuttall, Carol Mason.
Front: ??, ??, ??, Martin Jackson, Jeremy Rawlinson, Brian Lythgoe, Alan ?, ??.

Photo with names kindly sent in by Susan Wallace on 19th February 2015 - Please click over to enlarge


Haslingden County Primary School late 1950's
Back: Jacqueline Barcroft, Linda Thorpe, Angela Maddocks, Susan Cooper, June Hoyle.
Middle: Derek Palmer, .. Lambert, Patrick Mahoney, Jeremy Rawlinson, ??, Nicholas Dunnachie, ??,??.
Front: Margery Gillam, Elaine Siddall, Susan Nuttall, Christine Barnes, Elizabeth Peel, Lynn Holden, Judith Simpson, Barry Haworth. 

Photo with names kindly sent in by Susan Wallace on 19th February 2015. - Please click over photo to enlarge





Above Magazine covers showing Hollands Pies
(Photos: kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 17th February 2015) 


Here is a photo of the Pastry Mixing Dept at Hollands Pies
It is from the 1980's. Centre is head mixer Giovanni Mancuso with his assistant Stephen Wainwright to his left.
(Photo: kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 13th February 2015) Click over photo to enlarge


This is a fabulous photo of the Haslingden Modern School, dinner time club which was held in
the main assembly room and commenced at about 1230hrs and would carry on until 1300hrs
with all the latest pop records.  I can recognise one or two on this photo: Gwen Woods the blonde in the couple to the left hand side next to the back, also Elaine Astin on the right hand side front couple. There is probably more when I get the chance to look more closely. 
Photo: kindly sent in by Pauline Emmett Dagg on 13th February 2015 - Click over to enlarge

Just found this message from Pauline which names more dancers:
Hi Bryan..... I found the picture of the dinner time club..... Names from the top: ?, and Sheila White, then Kathleen Leach and Vera Judson, LH side next to Back Blonde is Gwen Woods and the late Jenny Hodgkinson (RIP), then Barbara Stott and Margaret Smith, then Muriel Kane ? and Julie Hague, then Pauline Emmett and Carole Edwards, then Christine Naylor and ?, Elaine Astin and Margaret Hall (RIP)...... I hope some people find it interesting ..... Pauline Emmett Dagg

Sandra Smith remembers it was Mr. Colbourne (Science teacher) who would play the records and that it cost 1p (one penny) to go in and they would then spend the money towards the latest records.

I’m not 100% sure but I think the two girls front right is Anne Simms & Barbara Steele ( Wilburs sister ).All the best ( Brian Yap Wilson ) 

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Here are two old coloured postcards showing the Robin Hood pub on Holcombe Road
and one of Irwell Vale.
Postcards: Kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 11th February 2015 
(Please click over photo to enlarge)




A brilliant etching of the late fabulous - James Turner and the Dynamites (Ronnie, Noel, James, Jack and Gerard) taken from a gig during the 1960s and done by Paul Thomas Driver in 1991.
(I later had the great pleasure of being the band's agent for quite a number of years) 
Photo: Thanks kindly to Tony Winder for sending in this etching on 9th Feb 2015. (Please click over to enlarge)


This just is a blast from the past with Tony Winder on his first week at Les Haworth's barbers on Lower Deardengate, whilst Les was celebrating 25 years as a gents hairdresser. (approx 1963)  Was you one of those (like me) who trusted Tony to style your trendy locks! (Click over photo to enlarge). 
Thanks to Tony for kindly sending in this photo on 9th February 2015.

This was the school set up as I remember it from about 1960. "You would not get away with that lot today I suppose!
(Click over sketch to enlarge) added 8th Feb 2015


Helmshore Prize Band 1958-1959 (Photo taken at Snighole)
Photo: kindly sent in by David Greenwood on Sat 7th Feb 2015) Please click over to enlarge
Haslingden Secondary Modern School c1960 teachers.
Back Row from L: Mr. Inkley (Art), Mr. Pilkington, Mr. Elton (woodwork), Mr. Cockerill (history), Jack Ayrton (Maths), Mr. Taylor 2 (English), Mr Salt (geography), Mr. Hayhirst (Commercial studies), Fred Scar (French), Mr Jones (music).
Middle Row from L: Mr. Pearce (French), Mr Taylor 1 (PT - lads), Mr. Smith (Music), Jasper Stirling (Scripture), Harry Dean (art), Peter Colbourne (science),Mr Phillipson?,?
Front Row from L: Miss Swires, Miss Wilson (Music), ?, Mr. Dean (deputy head), Mr Clem Hill (Headmaster), Miss Worswick (English), Miss Titherington (Domestic), Miss Heap and later Mrs Hayhurst PT teacher (girls), Mrs. Nelson

Thanks to Pauline Emmett Dagg for sending in this old newspaper cutting.  Sadly its not the best quality but still I managed to recognise these.  If you can add any names please let me know! Thanks also to: Pauline, Sandra Smith  and Ian Stuart Walkden for help with the names on this photo.

Photo: kindly sent in by Pauline Emmett Dagg on 7th Feb 2015



I found the photo of the Secondary Modern School interesting as Alan Cockerill  and Jack Aryton were in the same year as me when I was at Grammar School and Alan was my Best Man when I was married in 1956.  Alan lived at Mangholes Farm Acre before he was married and died about five and a half years ago aged 79. I think it was 1966 when he married Winifred Heap who was the daughter of  the school  secretary at the time.  Clifford Hargreaves 9th Feb 2015)


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Helmshore Methodist Football Club
(Back row from L): Ref, Ken Riding, R Haworth, A Isherwood, F Ashworth, R Wolfenden, F Barlow.
(Front row from L): D Haworth, J Wadsworth, Keith Riding, C Mitchell, J Pilling
Photo: kindly supplied by Jack Pilling and sent in on 6th Feb 2015.
This photo is just part of the NEW HELMSHORE FOOTBALL CLUB BLOG which we are starting off today.  All information on the blog has been kindly supplied by Jack Pilling.



Helmshore County Primary School c1955
The teacher is Miss Pilling and the date is 1955. (Photo: kindly sent in by Ian Seville on 3rd February 2015 - Please click over photo to enlarge)

Back Row, L to R: Keith Ralph, George x, George Sedgwick,?, Brian Waller, Michael Crossfield (as per old shop on Broadway, Melvyn Schofield, Barry Barnes, ?, x Sayer, ?.
Middle Row, L to R: Joan x, ?, Linden Greenwood, ?,?,?, Susan Cocker, Barbara Fletcher, ?,?, Brenda Cain, ?.
Front Row, L to R: Ian Seville, x Peel, x Berry, Alan Wolfenden, Barry Brown, John Nuttall, Harry Barlow. 

Porritt and Spencer's Cricket Team c1950
Ian Seville) this and the photo below are cricket teams with Dad Harry in their line-up. This photo is marked on the rear "Porritt and Spencer's Cricket Team and it looks like it may have been a presentation somewhere. (Photo kindly sent in by Ian Seville on 3rd Feb 2015 - Click over to enlarge)


Suspected: Porritt and Spencer's Cricket Team c1950
This photo is suspected to be Porritt and Spencer's, simply because most of the players are the same as in the photo above.  This photo was taken at St. James Football Ground on Prinny Hill Nr. Carrs. (Photo: kindly sent in by Ian Seville on 3rd Feb 2015 - Click over to enlarge).

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Dave Rothwell has kindly sent in four short films and you can click on the undermentioned titles to view.  Please note that the films are best seen in their small resolution (as it comes! rather than full screen) and are also silent. (Copyright on any of the following films remains with the owner David Rothwell)

1)  HGS Staff versus Pupils Hockey Match down on Broadway  (3mins 48secs sent in on 26th Jan 2015


3) 1965 Haslingden Grammar School Camp  (31 seconds) sent in on 27th Jan 2015

4) HGS Rag Day (12 seconds) sent in on 27th Jan 2015

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This latest postcard states on the back (in pencil) that it comes from Haslingden.  I don't recognise the road at all.  What a wonderful banner "Ye little Morris Dancers for King and Empire"  I dont think that they were still around by my childhood.  Enjoy - Keith Burton. (Photo kindly sent in by Keith  Burton on 1st February 2015 - Please click over to enlarge)

(BJY:  Like I said to Keith, I don't think this photo is from Haslingden. The buildings in this photo are not recognisable to me and they appear also to be built in brick, where all main street buildings in Haslingden are built in their local native stone!  Keith has asked that we go ahead with the photo in the hopes that someone may just recognise where it is!


Keith Burton: Here is another one - This time from the Ebenezer Baptist Church in procession in Lower Deardengate. I have included the message on the back of the postcard (Click here to see writing on card). Clearly it is from Tommy Wilkinson and refers to his sister, Eleanor. I wonder if anyone knew/knows of them. 
I hope that you enjoy it.  Keith (Postcard kindly sent in by Keith Burton on 30th Jan 2015 - Please click over to enlarge)

Keith Burton: Here's the next procession. The name  St Peter's Haslingden has been whitened out, but it can still be read. This card was used, with a pencil message on the back (Click here to see pencil message -external site). It implies that Harry and Kathleen are at the front of the procession. I doubt that anyone will be recognised, but who knows. (Photo: kindly sent in by Keith Burton on 29th Jan 2015 - Click over to enlarge)


Jack Pilling: Couldn't find this picture on your blog so have attached. As you can see it is in it's original position before being dismantled and rebuilt. What a project!!   Jack (Photo kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 29th Jan 2015 - Please click over photo to enlarge)

(from Jack Pilling) This is a old postcard of Hutch Bank showing the large detached house on the far top left where my wife Barbara lived at one time. It also shows Spring Vale Mill and also the lodge which was at Carr Parkers off Charles Lane.  (Who can remember catching extra large goldfish from this pond then?) Postcard: kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 28th January 2015 - please click over to enlarge)



(from Keith Burton) Here are another couple of photos. The one (above this one) of the Boys Brigade on Bury Road. The other card is of an unknown group of girls in very fancy dresses and bonnets, accompanied by their very elegant chaperone. They are outside Miller's shop and there is another shop sign which I can't read. Can anyone help in identifying the group, the street and/or the other shop? Keith (Photos above kindly sent in by Keith Burton on 28th Jan 2015) Please click over photos to enlarge)



Hi Brian, Two pictures for you. The first one (photo above this photo) is of my dad with a winning team on Dark Lane. I do not know what team or what comp they won.
I only know Bill Hanson to his left and I think next to him right is a man called Riley. I would love to know a bit more about it but as it was in the 1940's it's very doubtful.
The other photo (directly above this text) is a School team from around 1957. You probably know them all. I know the middle three on the back Brian Nuttall, Frank Ireson & Frank Hamnett.
Middle row left Chris Maden & right Brian Downham & Joe Harrison on the front row. Photo kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 28th January 2015) Please click over photo to enlarge.



Keith Burton - Not having found my Peace Celebrations card on the blog, I have attached it. I have now reached my stack of Church Processions and gatherings. Here is one with the title printed on it of Manchester Rd Wesleyans. It is an unused postcard so there is no date on it. The clothes look pre-WWI. Do you know where they are gathered? - I don't recognise it at all. There will be more to follow. (Photos above kindly sent in by Keith Burton on 27th January 2015) Click over photo to enlarge.


27th Jan reply from Marie Ives in relation to Manchester Road Wesleyans photo above: I think that the crowds on the photo are outside the Lindens and the pub is The Swan with Althams next door, Just a suggestion Marie Ives




Keith Burton - The photo directly above I have described as a Wesleyan Walk in the Market Place - I am sure of the place, but there is no real evidence that the group is Wesleyans or even that it is a religious walk. Any alternative views and evidence are welcome. The second one is clearly a gathering of Methodists, mainly Wesleyans, on Marsden Square and showing King Street and Wilkinson Street. On the back is written, in pencil, Manchester Road. C an anyone help with confirming the place more exactly and even better the time/occasion etc.(Keith Burton has kindly sent in these photos on 27th January 2015) Click over photo to enlarge

Swimming Team
Another photo kindly sent in by Brian "Yap" Wilson who is on the far right hand side of the middle row. (Photo kindly sent in by Brian Wilson on 26th January 2015)

Haslingden County Primary School
Another photo kindly sent in by Brian "Yap" Wilson, who can be seen on the front row second from the left.  The teachers are Mr Ashburner and Mrs. Hindle. (Photo kindly supplied by Brian Wilson on 26th January 2015).

Haslingden County Primary School
Another photo kindly sent in by Bryan "Yap" Wilson who can be seen on the back row second from the right. Teachers Mr Asburner and Mr Trippier. (Photo sent in by Brian Wilson on 26th January 2015)

Haslingden County Primary School
Another photo kindly sent in by Brian "Yap" Wilson who can be seen on the back row 1st on the left.  The teachers are the Headmaster Mr. Ashburner and Mrs. Hargreaves (Photo: Brian Wilson 25th January 2015)

Haslingden County Primary School
Here is another photo kindly sent in by Brian "Yap" Wilson who is seated fourth from the right on the front row. The teachers are Mr. Ashburner and Mrs. Kelly. (Photo: Brian Wilson sent in on 25th January 2015) Please click over photo to enlarge.

Haslingden County Primary School
Here is a photo kindly sent in by Brian "Yap" Wilson who is the second from the right on the back row. Headmaster is Mr. Ashburner (Photo: Brian Wilson sent in on 25th Jan 2015) Please click over photo to enlarge)
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Haslingden c1909 (click over photo to enlarge)

This is such a interesting photograph which seems to show Haslingden Fire Brigade in a local Parade.  To me it looks as though they are going along Bury Road from the Market Place direction.  At the front bottom corner right there is a dressed corner stone!  This is the corner stone to the  Grammar School and is still present today at the Old School Mews properties?

The opening on the opposite side is Hindle Street

If it is Bury Road then the large chimney does not look far away as though it could possibly be somewhere at the back of the Library or would it have been far enough back to have been the chimney of the old Bell Street Factory. (Photo: archived 19th January 2015)

Information kindly supplied by Jim Haworth on 4th Feb 2015 - The horse pulling the little coach was driven by Jim's Grandfather and sat besides him were his twin daughters, one of which is Alice (Jim Haworth's Mum) and her twin was Elizabeth and they were born about 1905 ish.  The Grandfather was a chief fireman, he also may have used the twins in an old picture we have seen where they were being carried down from a building by ladder on rehearsal photo taken about 1907 or thereabouts.
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New Publication: (Notice received from Chris Aspin on 12th January 2015).

I have just published a pamphlet called "Strange Stories from a Lancashire Village" which covers unusual experiences, which both Helmshore and Haslingden people have given me over many years: ghosts, coincidences and so on.  Since it came out just before Christmas, several people have contacted me with similar stories, so a sequel is on the cards. 

Some of your readers and contributors may have tales to tell which I would try and put in the sequel if they let me have the information. 

The pamphlet is on sale in Neary's (Gregory Fold) and other local outlets at £2 each (plus 60p postage - if UK posting required). 



Chris Aspin

21 Westbourne, Helmshore Road, Helmshore, Rossendale, BB4 4QD



Tel: (01706) 227129


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The above two photos have been sent in by Keith Burton. The top one depicts St James Church within a interesting frame.  The second photo above is of Fern Bank which is opposite the Memorial Gardens and shows all the buntings out for the Royal visit.  Keith writes " On the back of the postcard was written 82 Manchester Road, where we lived from 1943 to 1949, is the house at the right hand end of the photo. (Both above photos kindly supplied by Keith Burton on 18th January 2015 - Please click over photos to enlarge)

This is another interesting World War I postcard. It is unused so I can't date it or decipher where it was taken. Looking at the notices strongly suggests that it was quite early in the war, possibly outside the Public Hall when it was being used as a temporary hospital for the Belgian soldiers and refugees (Keith Burton).  (Photo kindly sent in by Keith Burton on 18th January 2015 - Please click over to enlarge)


Helmshore Springhill Methodist Cricket Team c1950

Back Row from Left: S. Ward, Ronnie Haworth,  ? , R. Haworth, P Wilson, Roy Ayrton, George Haworth, Harry Seville.
Front Row from Left: Tom Fisher, Keith Mitchell, Frank Mitchell, Alan Entwistle, Joe Haworth.
The young lads from the left: Colin Jepson, V Morris, B Morris.



Tried hard to identify everybody with Christian names but hopefully someone might know.

Ian Warburton (Olive "Morris Dancer" Warburton's son) told me last night at Sunnybank that he had been looking on the blog and asked me (Jokeingly) if I had nothing else better to do.
Another lad who used to help us at Kirkhill Farm - Brian "Yap" Wilson contacted me after seeing the picture of my Dad at the Farmer's Show.
Just hoping that there will be more.  My phone numbers in case anyone does are: 01706 228970 or mobile: 07950209573 - thanks Jack Pilling.  (Above photo kindly sent in by Jack Pilling - please click over to enlarge)

Grane Villa c1966
The Grane Villa picture above is a cutting from one sent to me by Mac Holden some years ago - Jack Pilling



Back Row from Left: David Atherton, David Tillotson, Mac Holden, George Coupe, David Gill.

Front Row from Left: Albert Atherton, John Navin, David Warburton, Arthur Robinson, Michael Isherwood. - (Photo kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 17th January 2015 - Please click over to enlarge)  
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Above: Haslingden Grammar School Student Photo for 1950  (Kindly supplied by Bryan Gudgeon on 16th January 2015) this photo will also shortly be put in the HGS Blog and also filed within the photo album No.2/3 - Please click over the photos to enlarge and please click here if you want even larger photos.






ABOVE: Haslingden Grammar School Student Photo for 1954

I noticed you did not have a HGS picture for 1954 so I borrowed one - Jack Pilling (Please click over photo to enlarge and please click here if you want even larger)  This photo has already been included in the Haslingden Grammar School Blog and will also be put in the photo album shortly. (Jack Pilling kindly supplied this photo on 12th January 2015)

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Hollands Pies Van in Lodge
This happened in the 1980's - Photos kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 12th Jan 2015 (Please click over photo to enlarge)






Haslingden Carnival Photos - 1950
Couldn't see a  Haslingden Carnival section on the blog. I had these 4 pics. (I am in No 2 under the hat holding the cow!!!!) These are all from Grane Mill and always won their section
Whatever that was! I could give you  most of their names if you wanted them. From around 1950.  (All four photos above kindly supplied by Jack Pilling on 9th Jan 2015 - Please click over to enlarge)


Shows Congregational Church Schoolroom and Cordingleys Petrol Pumps outside of their Car Showrooms on the corner of Lower Deardengate and Warner Street. And also shows when the old road still had its cobbles (setts)  (Photo kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 9th January 2015) Please click over to enlarge.

Another walking day procession photo - not sure who the banner belongs to.
(Photo kindly supplied by Jack Stafford on 9th Jan 2015) Click over to enlarge.

Salem Methodist Chapel - Banner being carried by Barbara Nuttall and Walter Whittaker
(photo kindly supplied by Jack Pilling on 9th Jan 2015 - Click over photo to enlarge)
Another photo from the Salem Methodist Chapel walking day procession.
(Photo: kindly supplied by Jack Pilling on 7th Jan 2015) Click over to enlarge

Salem Methodist Church Walking Day procession.
Walking down Lower Deardengate whilst going past Cordingleys Old Building
(Photo: kindly supplied by Jack Pilling on 8th Jan 2015) 

Porritts Football Club in the Medal Competition in the early 60s
Back Row from L: Frank Crompton, Ronnie Whittaker, Laurence Barlow, Bob Kay, Bob Haworth, David Braithwaite, John Wadsworth, Raymond Moore
Front Row from L: Tony Frost, Brian Haworth, John Brockbank, David Harrison, Brian Kay.
(Photo kindly sent in by Brian and Kathleen Haworth via Jack Pilling on 8th Jan 2015) Please click over to enlarge.


Hollands Pies Management Team in the early 1960s
From the left: Ken Dickinson, Jack Pilling, John Hunt, Elsie Johnson, Betty Christopher, Alan Marshall, Fred Howden, Audrey Harvey, Fred Pickup, Tom Lees, Royce Birtwell, Arnold Longworth, Albert Riley (Managing Director).  Photo: kindly supplied by Jack Pilling on 7th Jan 2015 - Please click over to enlarge


Hollands Pie Staff Photo from 1980s  (Photo kindly supplied by Jack Pilling on 7th Jan 2015) Click over to enlarge)  If you prefer to see a extra large photo then please click here (my external photobucket site and then go up to the right corner and click over the "+" sign.)


Photo above: All it says is "Miss Barlow" 1910  (Click over to enlarge)

Haslingden Youth Club Football Team
Back Row from L: R. Watson, Jack Pilling, Ken Riding, Keith Riding, John Willan, Noel Grimshaw, Mr. John Woods (Youth Club Leader)
Front Row from L: Brian Haworth, Michael Whipday, B Brown, G..........?, A Robinson

Photo: thanks to Kathleen and Brian Haworth via Jack Pilling on 6th Jan 2015 (Please click over photo to enlarge)

Haslingden Modern School Football Team c1962
Back Row from L: David Blomley, Noel Grimshaw, Geoff Parkinson, Walter Gregson, Geoffrey Heaton, Stephen Kay, Geoff Higson
Front Row from L: Alan Cliffe, .... Moorhouse, Richard Kay, Brian Haworth, Ken Proctor, Bobby Wade, Malcolm Grindrod.

(Photo: thanks to Kathleen and Brian Haworth via Jack Pilling 6th January 2015) Please click over the photo to enlarge

This is one for Holland's showing pies awaiting being baked. This picture I took in the late 80's when we were producing between 1 and 2 million pies weekly.. Jack (Photo kindly sent in by Jack Pilling 3rd January 2015 - Please click over photo to enlarge)

c1954 Student photo
1954
Haslingden Council School Student photo which includes the following students:

Barbara Nuttall, Elizabeth Porter, Eileen Entwistle, Chris Maden, Robert Halstead, Pamela Bargh, Michael Kay, Carol Hugo, Jean Woods, Jean Hargreaves, Joan Bell, Margaret Whittaker, Barbara Morton, Valierie Haworth, Jackie Briggs, George Dewhurst, Roger Benson and Peter Wooley.   (Photo kindly supplied by Jack Pilling on 1st Jan 2015. Please click over photo to enlarge


Haslingden Youth Club Netball Team 1960.

Hi Bryan, I thought this picture would go in your Haslingden Youth Club section. It was published in "Lancashire Life" magazine circa 1960. 
                 My wife Barbara Nuttall has difficulty remembering details of the competition they won but thinks it was at Preston between several "Youth Club" teams.
                    Perhaps any of the other team members may have more memories of the event.    Jack  (Photo kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 1st Jan 2015)




The above photos and following text was kindly sent in by Keith Burton. (Please click over any of the photos to enlarge) Two of these three postcards are clearly part of a series.  They are all posed photos - showing the nursing staff and some very bored looking Belgians.  Clearly the Public Hall was in use for a time, but was the actual temporary hospital there or was it perhaps in the old Workhouse, which later became the district hospital.

Why were they in Haslingden?  It was hardly a centre of any note.  Presumably all towns were expected to do their bit.  It looks as if the Belgians weren't too pleased to be dumped in the North East of Lancashire. I don't suppose that they found many French or Flemish speaking citizens among the millowners or millworkers.

Does anyone know the name of the clergyman on the left of the 2nd row in the top postcard?

I shall keep looking for the missing cards (at least 2).  I have another postcard of the nursing staff and these appear to be Red Cross Personnel...
from Keith Burton 30th December 2014.
added by B.J. Yorke 30th Dec 2014 The top photograph shows Dr. John Atkinson Harrison of Hazlewood sat to the right centre on the second row.  Also there is another of his family members on the photograph which is Kate Evelyn Harrison (Dr. John's younger sister) who is fourth from the left on the same second row and next but one to Dr. John.  (Please check out Dr. Jonathan Atkinson Harrison blog by clicking here) 


This picture could be of interest. It was taken at a Young Farmers Show on St Peter's around 1950. In the centre in the trilby is my dad Billy.
If you look behind his cow just to the left is me. On the stage behind under the flag are the officials. They include Eddy Winterbottom of Laund Slack Farm,
Charlie Simpson of Helmshore. Also in the picture is Fred Barlow also from Helmshore. The events were well attended and included a Cart Horse Derby.
I wonder if there any more pictures out there. I would be interested to see them. The Young Farmers were very prominent then, staging their own dances etc.  (Photo: kindly sent in by Jack Pilling 26th Dec - Please click over photo to enlarge)


 They are early 1960's vans of which pictures are rare. The Lambretta is mine which I rode to work for 2 years (Brave me!) Jack (Photo: kindly sent in by Jack Pilling 26th Dec - Please click over to enlarge)

Haslingden St. James Football team 1959
Back Row from L: Dennis Baker, Stan Barlow, H. Kenyon, Fred Farnell, Billy Pilling, Alec Taylor
Front Row from L: Jack Pilling, Fred Bargh, Dave Entwistle, Johnny Brockbank, Alan Fisher
(Please click over photo to enlarge) (photo: kindly sent in by Jack Pilling on 24th Dec)

This picture was taken on the Helmshore Primary School field in the Accrington and District Football League.  My dad on the back row was 50 years old at the time and I a very innocent 18.  We played together for the whole season.  Some four years later when I was playing for Haslingden Youth Club he played for us when we were a man short.  Unfortunately his knees became too bad for him to continue playing, although he never lost his love of playing football and always kept a pair of boots for when he got his new knees!  That never happened but some years later when Helmshore Methodists were playing a match on St. Peter's playing fields we were a man short and he offered his services.  We declined his offer for which he was not happy at all about (What a man!).
He was voted Accrington Football League's Player of the Year in 1959 which I had to collect for him as he was in Scotland buying cattle.
***
I well remember having friendly matches on Sunday afternoons which lasted from 1pm until teatime. The score line wasn't relative as we always finished with a  "Winning Goal"
Holidays were the same, one week in Butlin's Skegness holiday camp which saw Dad captaining the winning house team with large crowds watching every kick.
Mind you he was only in his mid 40's then!! 


Haslingden Youth Club Football Team 1962/63
Back Row from L: Malcolm Isherwood, Stuart Slater, Bob Haworth, Arthur Robinson, John Oxford, Barry Airey
Front Row from L: Bob Haworth, Colin Jepson, Rev Bryan Brown, Ian Jefferson, Jack Pilling.

Found this picture of Hassy youth club football team. I think it is from season 1962/63.
                If it was it was the year of the big freeze when we couldn't play for 3 months because of the extreme weather. (Photo: kindly sent in by Jack Pilling - added Dec 23rd - Click over to enlarge)

Hi, Another one for the Hollands archive. The two people in the the foreground are Production Manager Joseph Nicholas (Left) and John Kay (right)
In the background the men there include Hubert Taylor who doubled up as van driver and production operative. The decorations are for the coronation of King George the 6th in 1937. (Photo: kindly supplied by Jack Pilling on Dec 24th - Please click over photo to enlarge


This is a photo of Hollands dispatch side of the building that I actually took myself in the early 1960's.  All the vans were out delivering at the time.  Back then the vans had to reverse through that door to be loaded up with products.  The famous Holland's chimney was then complete carrying the logo "Hollands Pies", unfortunately it needed to be reduced in height in the 1970s and became just "Hollands".  In the mid 1980's it was taken down altogether.  The Lancashire Boiler for which the chimney served was also removed to make room for the new Pudding department. (Photo: kindly sent in by Jack Pilling 22nd December.  Please click over to enlarge)

This is a photo of Holland's cookhouse where all the fillings were produced.  Not sure of when it was taken but I worked in this department in the early 60's.  The first man on the left is James Horrocks from Haslingden who was still running the department then.  So I guess it was in the early 1950's. (Photo: kindly sent in by Jack Pilling 22nd December. Please click over to enlarge)

This photo is of a man named John Kay who was in charge of the 4am shift who did the preparation for the bakery shift who started at 6.30am.  He was a Haslingden man who was still running that shift in 1961 when I joined.  He was famous for whistling bird songs in the manner of Ronny Ronald who made a very popular record of "In a Monastery Garden" in which he imitated various bird songs.  Both were very impressive !! Again not sure of date but certainly 1930's, 1940's or even 1950's. (Photo: sent in by Jack Pilling 22nd Dec - Please click over photo to enlarge)


Above is a photo of Haslingden Council School from the 1950/1951 kindly sent in by Jack Pilling.
Jack has named some of the pupils:
Back Row: ?,?, Jack Whittaker, Brian Whittaker, Geoffrey Bradshaw, Jack Pilling
Middle Row: Colin Grindrod, Alan Haworth, Jack Hartley, Geoffrey Heap, Gerald Green, George Ashworth.
Front Row: ?, Turner, ?,?,?.(Please click over photo to enlarge)

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