OLD MAP OF THE AREA
|Showing the area which was the New Central Development (Map kindly supplied by Jackie Ramsbottom)|
(Click over to enlarge)
For anyone young or more recent to the area and who did not know about the old properties which were present prior to the Central Development, I am trying here within this blog to compile the work in a way that you get a "virtual continuation tour made up of photographs" - (where we have them) (eg: up one street and down the next in a follow on way) and that the photos should more or less run how the properties were in situ at the time.
Our Photo Excursion starts from SPRING GARDENS which was just off Bury Road and close to BEACONSFIELD STREET... This was the far corner of the properties involved in the Central Development clearance scheme.
A small area which was at the far opposite corner of the old properties was "Spring Gardens" which you met just off Bury Road and just before you came to the top of Beaconsfield Street. Thankfully we have a photo of Spring Gardens below (Photo: Chris Kirby). It was a row which ran from North to South direction off from Bury Road. It was almost opposite Kirby's Grocers Shop which was on the corner of Bury Road and Warwick Street on the opposite side of the road. Behind Spring Gardens was the old Palace Cinema which in recent times is the Fletcher and Hunton Furniture warehouse.
|Spring Gardens, off Bury Road and just before the top of Beaconsfield Street (Photo: Chris Kirby)|
And below is another view of Spring Gardens taken from a slightly different angle and shows the rear of Salisbury Street in the background.
|Looking down between the houses on Spring Gardens from Bury Road (Photo: Michael Mullaney)|
|No's 1,3,5 Spring Gardens - 3rd September 1964 looking towards Bury Road|
then we came along BURY ROAD
It all seems a little vague these days, but I can remember going to the barbers on this row along Bury Road and his shop was set somewhere about the middle which was probably opposite the Ebenezer Baptist Church. The barber was a well known character called Tommy Metcalfe a real "jovial" type of guy and always a pleasure to meet up with him. He would have you laughing right from entering his shop! I had met Tommy previous when he had worked for Les Haworth in Lower Deardengate. I have managed to find a very old photo of the row of houses which used to be on Bury Road, although this one must date back to about 1906. But at least does give you a idea of what the houses looked like.
Tim Kirby remembers that Vera Beaver's Tuck shop was at 27 Bury Road and almost opposite Clegg Street (which ran up by the side of the old Grammar School). He also remembers that Tommy Metcalfe's barbershop was somewhere between Vera's shop and the corner of Bury Road with Bank Street.
Here below is a walking day photograph, but if you look carefully to the back side you can make out Vera's Tuck Shop which would have been on the corner of Hindle Street.
|A lovely walking day photo but look in the background and you see Vera's Tuck Shop which was on the corner of Bury Road/Hindle Street (Photo: kindly supplied by Jackie Ramsbottom)|
|Showing houses on Bury Road c1906|
|Photo shows No.11 Bury Road and No. 7 Bank Street, Haslingden (see notes)|
(Today that same area of Bury Road from the Bank Street Corner to the Spring Gardens Corner is occupied by: Pentland House, Blackdown House, Quantock House and Pennine House.
So from here we would go down Bank Street (from Bury Road) and pass the Co-op Bank building which more recently was a Hotel called Bank House Hotel, and up until a few years ago had been the Haslingden Conservative Club, We would then come down past what was the old Woolworth's Building (a bank premises prior to this I believe). Below are photos of the original buildings and which were spared during the Central Clearance Scheme.
|This is the whole of Bank Street as it was in c1965.|
This photo shows the whole of Bank Street how it used to be back in 1965 and before the Central Clearance Scheme. In fact you can still see the No.7 Bank Street with the occupier stood at her back yard gate. More or less where the lady is stood is now the entrance to the Car Park which is at the rear of the Library. At that time the Co-op Bank was still being used (where the British Railways lorry is parked), then you have the Woolworths building.
|Woolworths - Higher Deardengate Entrance|
|Burgess Street off Higher Deardengate 2003|
Burgess Street set off with shops and then the houses where attached but set further back, and it was regularly called "Burgess Nook". I think there were about ten houses in this street. The whole area is now covered by the Car Park which is to the rear of the Library.
|Burgess Street, off Higher Deardengate (Photo: Chris Kirby for The Late Arthur Kirby)|
BACK BURGESS STREET
Back Burgess Street would be accessed from the small ginnell which runs to the left hand side of the Library and it had at least one house if not four houses which were back to back with Burgess Street.
|(Photo: Robert Wade - 16th August 2015)|
This is a great modern photo showing the Car Park etc and was kindly taken by Wadey and you can see Burgess Street opening onto Deardengate, also the smaller old building to the left hand side was Hesmondalgh storeroom (Flowers and Groceries). Also between this building and the Library is a ginnel which was the original entrance to Back Burgess Street. More of Wadey's photos of the Central Development Flats can be seen from the link provided right at the end of the blog.
So moving on we passed the front of the Library and we arrive at:
HINDLE STREET - (Entry from Higher Deardengate)
(New Hindle Street) In relation to what's built on the old Hindle Street nowadays we have: Starting off from the side of the Library, some of the current car park on both sides, We have several of the present garages, we have Cleveland House and part of Blackdown House.
|This was and still is the start to Hindle Street at the bottom side of the Library.|
(Old Hindle Street) This street ran up by the bottom corner of the Library - or the Mechanics Institute as it was once called) and was one of the main streets that linked from Higher Deardengate to Bury Road. As you can see from the photos it was not that wide and could only take single traffic vehicles, whereby neighbouring Pleasant Street was almost double the width.
|Hindle Street from the bottom side of the Library - This wall is now part of the Car Park|
|Church Lads Brigade "Drill Hall" on Hindle Street|
This photo shows the actual Drill Hall for the Church Lad's Brigade where they would practice etc. The photo more or less continues on from the photo (further above) and you can make out the wall and the street light and telephone pole on the left of this photo.
Prior to it having been the Drill Hall for the CLB it was the St. Andrews Hindle Street Mission (See photos below).
|Photo: showing the Interior of the St. Andrews Hindle Street Mission - Prior to it being the CLB Drill Hall|
And the following photo shows a event relating to when it was St. Andrews Hindle Street Mission
|Photo: Whit Procession c1910 - St. Andrews Hindle Street Mission. (Click over this photo to enlarge)|
|Top end of Hindle Street|
|This is the old Co-op Building which today is a large shop selling Household provisions|
|Photo: Hindle Street just at the start from Deardengate on the opposite side to shown earlier.|
|Photo: Back Pleasant Street - Higher Section (Bury Road Side) (kindly sent in by Chris Kirby)|
On this next photo below you are at the junction which is following on, or the bottom edge of the previous photo. If you was to turn into the intercepting alleyway shown here you would come back into Hindle Street and then cross over Hindle Street and into the alleyway where shortly you could turn right and up onto Back Hindle Street. Its more or less shortly after the top side of the old CLB Drill Hall.
By the way "talk about raised manholes" this one would certainly qualify for a rosette!
|View looking from Back Pleasant Street towards Back Hindle Street access (Photo: Michael Mullaney)|
|This photo is of Back Pleasant Street (Lower Section - Deardengate) (photo: kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney|
Above is the lower section of Back Pleasant Street (Deardengate side) which comes out between the old co-op furniture place (now a general provisions shop) and at the other side is the shop just above Cissy Greens.
According to the map there are three official addresses to the properties on this photo which are back to back houses with (Hindle Street) the rest are through houses. The numbers are No. 2,4 and 6 Back Pleasant Street which are possibly the houses shown here with the steps to their respective front doors.
PLEASANT STREET (The street which runs between the banks and goes up by the Owd Tack.
(Old Pleasant Street) - The photo below shows the start of Pleasant Street from the Higher Deardengate end, going between the two Banks (TSB and Martins). You can still see the old stone setts in this photo (from the 60s)
|Bottom of Pleasant Street starting from Higher Deardengate|
|Pleasant Street c1965 between the TSB and the Owd Tack|
|This photo is from the 1950s and shows Pleasant Street (North Side) photo: kindly sent by Joan Merrill - Click over to enlarge|
If you look to your left hand side of the houses you will notice a cream painted house, and then we had another couple of houses and then it was the "Owd Tack" (Forresters Arms), so when the demolition took place all these houses from that point were knocked down in preparation for the development of the Central Flats.
|Shop just before demolition and ginnel next door half way up Pleasant Street. (Photo kindly sent in by Michael Mullaney)|
I think this was Jayne Elson's Mums Shop which was in the first third walking up Pleasant Street and just before demolition. It was a cracking general grocers for that area. This ginnel was the only pedestrian access you had which would lead from Pleasant Street into Back Pleasant Street.
|Photo: Top End of Pleasant Street with Ebenezer Baptist Church in Background.|
|Bottom of Pleasant Street c1965 showing the shops at the bottom|
|A photo showing the Martins Bank (later Barclays) at the bottom of Pleasant Street.|
You can then catch a good amount of what the continuation houses looked like from the earlier photo which showed both sides of Pleasant Street and the Ebenezer Baptist Church in the background.
|A photo of the shops that replaced the ones in the photo above which are opposite the "Owd Tack".|
(photo: Brian Smith/Jackie Ramsbottom) - Click over to enlarge
So now we come down from the Bury Road End into what was Far Back Pleasant Street in the 1960's
|Far Back Pleasant Street - from Bury Road c1960s (Photo: The late Mr. Arthur Kirby)|
|Far Back Pleasant Street on the bottom end which came out opposite the Commercial Hotel. Built for handloom weavers in the early 1800s and were back to back with those in Pleasant Street. Note outdoor toilets|
According to the 1961 map which is shown above their was 9 Back to Back Houses with (Pleasant Street) and which are subsequently officially called Far Back Pleasant Street and the numbers were 10,12,14 and 18 on the lower side (Deardengate side) and Nos. 32,34,44,44a and 46 Far Back Pleasant Street which were on the higher side (Bury Road side)
On the other side access was gained into Salisbury Street and further down was also the boundary to Tommy Tattersall's builders yard which is now the Car Park which runs at the back of the Manchester Road Shops.
|This is the area which was Tattersalls builders yard which was accessed from the side of what was Burgess butchers.|
(6th August 2015 - Michael Mullaney kindly added:-
Far Back Pleasant Street was the back of Pleasant Street on the Palace Cinema side. It ran from Bury Road through to Manchester Road and coming out at the tunnel directly opposite the crossing to the Commercial.
Pleasant Street was made up of "through" houses and also some "Back to Back" houses, and these houses on the back formed "Far Back Pleasant Street" and likewise Back Pleasant Street.
My ancestors came back from America and lived at 32 Far back Pleasant Street which looked along what is now the back of Salisbury Street behind the flats. There was also a street which cut Pleasant Street in half and came out on to Salisbury Street and what was then a builders supply yard and where the car park is now. A very mixed community. On those houses which fronted Bury Road you had the gentry with families like the "Woodcocks", and at the other of the scale like next door were the Irish labouring class.
|Here is a nice aerial view of the new Central Development|
|Again here is the finalized map showing the new Central Development (Click over to enlarge)|
|The opening of the Central Flats outside of Mendip House in September 1967 - Note Pleasant Street old buildings still in the background on this photo|
|September 1967 - The opening of Mendip House September 1967|
by our MP. Rt Hon Anthony Greenwood M.P.
|Passing Mendip House on opening day September 1967 with Rt Hon Anthony Greenwood M.P. , the Mayor Alderman Hubert Sanderson and his daughter the Mayoress Mrs. Joan Davison and finally Alderman Albert Bussey|
Thanks to the following who have so kindly contributed to this blog with text and photographs etc: John R. Edwards, Chris Kirby for The late Mr. Arthur Kirby, Tim Kirby, Joan Merrill, Michael Mullaney, Jackie Ramsbottom, Robert Wade (Wadey)
THAT FINALIZES THE BLOG - PLEASE ENJOY