Monday, 27 March 2017

FRONT PAGE FOR Photos, Postcards, Snippets, Notices, etc etc (archived after 7 days......ish)

Helmshore County Primary School around 1955
Photo: Kindly shared by Jean Smith on 27th April 2017

Helmshore County Primary 1964 Soccer Team
Photo: Kindly shared by Jean Smith

Haslingden Youth Club - Coronation 1953 (Click over to enlarge)
Prinny Hill - Note Billy Bramwell's Fish Shop on the corner
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Wood.

A photo of the telegram sent to the late John T. Wood (Haslingden Youth Club Warden) from the
Rossendale MP Tony Greenwood for his service of 25 years to Haslingden Youth Club

Park Mill Football Club 1930s (Click over to enlarge)


Barlows Fold which was on Helmshore Road next to the Bay Horse Pub, where the garage (ex Cordingley's) is nowadays - (Photo: taken from the book "Haslingden" Page 17 published in 1979).

ITS IN REGARDS TO THE PROPERTIES WHICH WERE DEMOLISHED to make room for the late Cordingley's Petrol Station which is on Helmshore Road close to the Bay Horse Pub. 

Ray Campbell and his family lived at No.9 Helmshore Road and he remembers:
"At the front was a square open space we used to call the "FOLD" and in the centre there was a dip, which I presumed was a former well.

Sue Rawcliffe who was born at No.5 Helmshore Road, seems to remember the Cottages could well have been called BARLOWS FOLD and she recalls they had a cobbled courtyard to the front.

It would be great if we could get more information about these old long gone properties.


I have been given the old 8mm films made by the late Harry Pollard thanks to Frank and Julie Spencer. It is their wishes that Harry’s work be offered to the public and made available to all through the Haslingden Old and New Blogsite.
I will hopefully be viewing them over the coming weeks and selecting sections which will hopefully be OK for digital transfer and then seeking advice on this from friends.
I am told the films will include “Walking Days” and also some of “Ken Barlow (William Roache) at a local Railway event”.  Once I have gone through them I will list the content subjects on the blog.
So let’s look forward to these in the near future.  I will then offer a direct link from the Google Drive platform to the Haslingden Old and New Site, and the link will also be extended and made available simultaneously  to Jackie’s Haslingden Roots facebook site


Helmshore Primary School (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Victoria Roles

 Helmshore Primary School. The Farnworth family. From the left : John (deceased) Jean, Susan  and Thomas.
(Click over to enlarge) Photo: Kindly shared by Jean Smith on 25th April 2017

Susan and Jean Farnworth - St. Thomas Musbury Helmshore Walking day about 1960 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Jean Smith on 25th April 2017


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This photo has been sent in by RAY CAMPBELL

I came across this photo, its of Colin my brother, myself and cousin Maria. Although it  looks like the 1930s it was taken in the mid 1950s at 9 Helmshore Road near the Bay Horse pub. The houses were demolished in 1960 to make way for Cordingley's  petrol station


Chris Aspin writes 24th April 2017

I'm told that one of the morning papers last
week had a story about workmen at Holden Vale,
Haslingden, being alarmed by some supernatural
goings on. I wonder whether or not any of your
readers came across the report?

In one of my collections, I quoted scary stories
from staff who had worked at Holden Vale when it
was a restaurant and motel.

Houses or flats will be built on the site, which
began as a cotton mill before being known as the
Bleach Works.
Chris Aspin


Above are three photos of GREEN CORN FARM, Stonefold (Click over to enlarge)
The Farm was also known as MAGPIE HOLE and also known as PEWITT (Lapwing) HALL

Haslingden Youth Club Trip to Germany (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared by Peter Wood
Note below shows the back of the photo signed by Club members and dedicated to John T. Wood (leader) and Madge

The late Mr. John T. Wood (Haslingden Youth Club leader) archived collection of HYC Membership Cards
which go from 1942 to 1967 (Click over to enlarge)
A further sampling of 60s programmes will be included in next photo.

Here is a sample just showing you the content of a membership card which gave a "syllabus" etc
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Haslingden St. James C of E School 1950 - (Click over to enlarge)

Kindly shared by Peter Wood

Haslingden St. James C of E School 1951 (Click over to enlarge)

Kindly shared by Peter Wood

Haslingden St. James C of E School 1952 (Click over to enlarge)

Kindly shared by Peter Wood 


or if you still want to check out
After one week the above photographs or text will be moved over to their appropriate blogs and will also be transferred over to  PHOTO ALBUM and SNIPPETS NO.5 (YEAR 2017 which can be accessed by clicking here

PHOTO ALBUM AND SNIPPETS NO.4 (year 2016) which can be accessed by clicking here

 PHOTO ALBUM and SNIPPETS NO.3 (year 2015) which you can access by clicking here

or if you still want to check out


Dont Forget!  HASLINGDEN ON FILM is accessed from the title further down on the left hand column - please enjoy the films.

Haslingden Sport - BADMINTON

Ebenezer Baptist Badminton Team (1920 to 1930) - Click over to enlarge
LH Back 1st is Albert Edward White
Photo: Kindly shared by Chris Kirby

St. James Parish Church Badminton (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared to us by Chris Kirby

St. Thomas's Musbury - Helmshore Badminton Team (Click over to enlarge)
Taken from the scrapbook of Susan Whittaker (nee Nicholas)

from the scrapbook of Susan Whittaker (nee Nicholas) - Click over to enlarge

Haslingden Youth Club - Sport - Badminton (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: from the late John T. Wood's private scrapbook and kindly shared to us by Peter Wood

Rossendale Schools Badminton Team in County Badminton Finals 1968-1969 ish (Click over to enlarge)
Back left to right: Sylvia, ?. Peter Woods, ?,?,?.
Front left to right: ?, Susan Nicholas, ?, Carol Kay, ?.
Note Wooden Rackets!
Photo: Kindly shared by Susan Whittaker (nee Nicholas)

St. Thomas's Badminton  Team c1969 (Click over to enlarge)
?, Brian Johnson, George Brooks, Derek Thompson, Margaret Johnson, Eileen Gillespie, Kath Thompson, Susan Nicholas
Kindly shared by Peter Wood and Susan Whittaker

Haslingden Youth Club - Badminton Team (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Peter Wood and Susan Whittaker
Front: Kathleen Parsons, Yvonne Shepherd, Carol Touhey Pauline Wood, Mavis Connolly
Back:Alan King, Jack Hallam, Peter J. Wood, Roger Townend, Raymond Bell, Alan Duckworth.

Haslingden Youth Club - Badminton Team (Click over to enlarge)
photo: kindly shared by Peter Wood and Susan Whittaker

Haslingden Youth Club - Badminton (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: from the scrapbook of the late John T. Wood (Head Warden)
and kindly shared with us by his son Peter Wood

HYC - Winners of Ross Badminton League Cup 1969 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: taken from the scrapbook of the late John T. Wood (Head Warden of the HYC)
Kindly shared with us by his son Peter Wood.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Haslingden Arts Club and Haslingden Operatic Society

Issue No.1 and No.2 of The Haslingden Arts Club "Spotlight" Magazine from c1947 (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared to us by Chris Kirby

A  well documented history of HASLINGDEN ARTS CLUB between the years 1944 and 1974 and written by LISBETH ALDRED can be seen on Peter Fisher's site by CLICKING HERE

"Spotlight" The Journal of The Haslingden Arts Club (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared to us by Chris Kirby

The 21 Show performed on the 21st birthday of Haslingden Arts Club (Click over to enlarge)
This is the cast photo and to check out the names see list below.  The show took place at the Public Hall in 1965 probably May.
Photo: kindly shared to us by Marie Finney on 26th February 2017

The 21 Show performed on the 21st birthday of Haslingden Arts Club (Click over to enlarge)
This is a list of the cast who took part.  The show took place at the Public Hall in 1965 probably May.
Photo: kindly shared to us by Marie Finney on 26th February 2017

The Arts Club "Lord of the Amber Mountain 1968 (Click over to enlarge)
The Arts Club produced a children's play most years and this is the 1968 production "Lord of the Amber Mountain".  I am the witch and would love to know if any of the "children" recognise themselves -Marie Finney

This cartoon is from the very first edition of "Spotlight", the journal of the Haslingden Arts Club, published 70 years ago, in 1947.  It was drawn by S.R. Good (Sam Good) and caricatures many of the leading lights of the Arts Club at the time.  
It also shows Roland Haworth, described as "Fishing For Films" in the cartoon.  Roland Haworth was proprietor of the Chemist and Photographic shop at the top of Lower Deardengate.
At the stern of the Ship is John T. Haworth ("The Quizzer").  Is this the same Lieut-Colonel John Thornley Haworth (Jonty) who was Headmaster at St. James School?  He died in 1952 - five years after this cartoon was published.
There are also members of the executive committee in the cartoon. Eric Gaskell ("On the Wings of Carpets"), Fred Hildred, the Arts Club's Secretary, ("The Ship's Writer"), and Miss Molly Hill - who was in charge of the Club's House Committee.  The House Committee were responsible for making and servng tea.  In the cartoon, Molly is the "Ships Steward"
But w3ho may be "The Skipper" who must have his "Cup of Tea", and who is the person referred to as "No Comment"?
The President of the Arts Club in early 1947 was Mr. George Waddington, J.P., however in the second spotlight (also published in 1947) Mr. J.C. Whittaker who lived at Danesmoor was President.

Our thanks go to Chris Kirby for kindly sharing the above caracture and information with us.

Also you may wish to check out programmes for the shows by the HASLINGDEN AMATEUR OPERATIC SOCIETY

"Pirates of Penzance" performed 1930 CLICK HERE

"A Country Girl" performed 1933 CLICK HERE

"No No Nanette" performed Feb 20-25 1939 CLICK HERE

"Rose Marie" Feb 4th to 9th 1935"

"The Desert Song" Nov 11th to 16th 1935

"The Maid of the Mountains" - Feb 7th to 12th 1938 CLICK HERE

"Virginia" Nov 9th to 14th 1936 CLICK HERE

(Thanks to Peter Fisher for kindly supplying all of of these links)

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Mary Hindle Story by Lorraine Hooper (with added information from William Turner c2000)

Mary Hindle's Convict Record (Click over to enlarge)

WHO WROTE THE LETTER? (Written by Lorraine Hooper and giving a summary of her research into the Mary Hindle letter)

In researching my family ancestors, I was given my Grandad Ekes family Bible, in it was the enclosed letter, in a very fragile state, I was told that Great Grandmother was transported for stealing a loaf of bread and some groceries.  Well I read the letter and just couldn't leave it at that, but I couldn't really decide how to go about finding who had written it.  There was no husbands name, she hadn't signed her name, but there was a date and also reference to her little daughter Elizabeth, and that was it! The letter itself folded over as an envelope and on that was a very faint "Geo" and Haslingden, Lancashire.

So began my quest!!  I started trying to work my way back to the date on the letter, down through my different branches, but it was very slow and I was getting nowhere fast, It was really frustrating because this letter had taken over my mind, I just couldn't leave it alone!

So I thought I'd have a go on the internet, which I'd only just got on to.  Well, it was magic!!  I found an Australian convict site, clicked on the female button and a list of numerous ships appeared, I whittled it down to the Harmoney re. the date, clicked on that and there's the list of all the female convicts and where they were tried.  There were two who were tried at Lancaster, Ann Entwistle aged 45 and Mary hindle aged 26.  (Entwistle is one of my family names), but I was more drawn to Mary hindle, because of her age, she seemed more likely to have a young daughter.
Not being sure where to go next, I kept going here and there on the internet but not really getting anywhere, then I thought perhaps there might be a Lancaster Castle site and sure enough there it was.  Click here for the convict trail!  I entered both names and there they were, both tried for rioting! Rioting! that's a bit different than stealing groceries!!

I now had to find a riot in 1826, well that was hard work as well, there was the Luddite riots the riots to do with the Hargreaves Spinning Jenny, (my mother's maiden names was Hargreaves). The Peterloo riots in Manchester, but I hit a brick wall looking for a riot in 1826. By I kept on going back to the internet and finally I found a Lancashire Link list and going down through the historical events, there it was, the 1826 Power Loom Riots, and as I clicked Oh! suddenly saw Mary Hindle! Wh was Mary Hindle?! I couldn't believe my eyes, was I getting paranoid?

No. I clicked on the site and there she was.  There's a Community Centre named after her in Haslingden.  She was sentenced to death with, Ann Entwistle and 8 men, then it was commuted to life in Australia, she left her husband George behind and her 6 year old daughter Elizabeth!!

It said, for more information ring William Turner, who'd written a book called "Riot", so I rang on a Sunday afternoon at 4 0'clock and babbled away my story, he must have wondered who this women from Somerset was, saying she had a hand written letter by Mary Hindle.  I read it out to him, over the phone and reduced him to tears, he only travels around Lancashire giving talks about Mary Hindle and the riots.  Needless to say we are now good friends.

We travelled to Lancashire last year and visited the Mary Hindle Centre, met Bill Turner and presented the letter to the Lancashire Records Office at Preston for safe keeping.

I had a wonderful time finding out who the letter was addressed to and who had written it, the trouble is my family tree seems quite mundane, now!!

PS It turned out, Mary Hindle wasn't my Great Grandmother after all that, she's my cousin Jim Chew's Great Grandmother. 

The Letter  This is the actual letter which Lorraine found in her Grandad Eke's family Bible

 (Sydney, New South Wales, 12th November 1827)
Dear Husband, 
I have taken this opportunity of writing these few lines to you, which I hope that they will find you in good health, as I am toleraby well and healthy at this time.  Thank God for that! We arrived in NEW SOUTH WALES about the 7th October after a long tedious passage of about five months, but we had a tolerably good passage and we was as well treated as I could expect, we had a very kind gentleman for a Doctor which treated us very well, and I was very ill on the passage I was in the hospital nineteen days, I was very bad with my legs swelling through not having any exercise on board of the ship.  But I have got a situation in Sydney, but I have a very hard situation, I have got a great deal of work and the time appears to me to go very slowly and one day appears to me as long as a month and I am very much confined, we are not allowed any liberty to go away from the place where we live, and if we do go away and stop out till eight or nine o'clock we are sure to get put in the WATCHOUSE and very likely to get sent to the factory, a place where they punish the women very severely, but I hope that the God Almighty will give me health and strength to get through all my difficulties,and now I am in a far distant country I hope my dear little ELIZABETH will be took good care of and I hope she is well, for I very often am thinking about her and I should like very much to see her, but God knows whether that ever will be my lot again or not.

Please to give my kind love to my mother and likewise to your father and mother and likewise to my brothers and sisters and all enquiring friends, and I am waiting very anxiously to hear from you my dear husband and I hope and trust that you will try all that lays in your power to get my sentence mitigated for if I thought that you could not get something done for me I think I should die of despair.

Please to give my respects to Mr. Hurst and Mr Turner and I hope you will speak to them concerning me, and I shall feel myself forever indebted to them if please God, they should get my sentence mitigated.  And now my dear husband I am going to give you some little information of the country.  THE natives of NEW SOUTH WALES are black and they are very uncivilised people.  They won't learn to do anything at all and they are very savage, except just round SIDNEY.  Up the country they will take every opportunity of killing and eating all the white men they can get hold of. 

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT MARY HINDLE  Compiled by the late William Turner (February 2000)

Mary was the daughter of James and Ann Holden of Todd Hall, Haslingden.  James was a handloom weaver.  Mary was baptised at St. James's Parish Church, Haslingden on 14th April 1799.

Mary's p[arents were married at St. James's (both of this Chapelry) on 26th May 1798.  Both signed the marriage entry with their "mark" (a cross) to indicate they were illiterate.  They then lived at Todd Hall which at the time was divided into 'tenements' i.e. separate dwellings, each used by a hand loom weaver. 

The name 'Holden' was that of a family prominent in Haslingden since at least 1272, when Robert de Holden was named as the father of Adam de Holden to whom Henry de Lacey granted the estates in Haslingden which formerly belonged to a William de Keelin, hanged at Lancaster Castle in 1272.

The seat of the Holden family was Holden Hall, Grane (near the present Holden Hall Cemetery).  There were branches of the family at Duckworth Hall, Oswaldtwistle, and Pickup Bank, near Belthorn.  A brance also lived at Todd Hall from before 1517 when the birth of Adam, son of Gilbert Holden was recorded.

After Robert Holden of Holden Hall, a bachelor, died in 1792, both Holden Hall and Todd Hall fell into decline as the lands were sold.  Holden Hall became a farmhouse and Todd Hall was divided into tenements.

It is not know how Mary's father was related to the Holdens but as "James" was a common forename in the Pickup Bank branch it may be possible he was related to them.

Mary Holden married George hindle at St. James's on 26th July 1818. Both signed the register with a cross.  George was the son of Abraham Hindle who was born in Bury.  He married Betty Heap from Haslingden, at St. James's on 15th January 1797.

Abraham Hindle was literate and a businessman.  At the time of his son's marriage, he was described in a local trades directory as a "carrier", transporting woven pieces and other goods to Bury and Manchester.  In 1824 he was also the landlord of "The Hare and Hounds" public house and a Churchwarden at St. James. He was also an investor in property.  (In June 1825 a James and Phoebe Barnes, on the baptism of a child, gave their address as "Abraham Hindle's Houses" (later Hindle Street).

Mary and George Hindle's first child, a daughter Elizabeth, was baptised at St. James's on 21 March 1819.  The father's occupation was given as a weaver and their abode as Club Houses (later Pleasant Street).

Soon after this, on 23rd December 1821, Mary's mother was buried at St. James.  She was forty-eight.  Two burials of children are then recorded in the register at St. James.  First, Abraham, on 10th January 1822, aged one year.  Second, Robert on 17 December 1823 aged one year.  On both occasions the address of Mary and George is given as Sheep Green, Haslingden.  Shortly after this Mary's father was buried on 18th September 1824. He was forty-five.

On Tuesday 25th April 1826 the handloom weavers who were rioting against the introduction of the power looms attacked William Turner's Middle Mill in Helmshore.  Mary Hindle was in the crowd watching the rioters.  She was arrested a few days later after an employee of William Turner accused her of being inside the mill and "shouting encouragement to the rioters".

Mary Hindle, with other alleged rioters, was taken to Lancaster Castle to await trial.  This began on Tuesday 8th August 1826.  When the trial ended several days later, thirty-five men and six women, including Mary Hindle, were sentenced to death.

On 8th September the death sentences were, in the case of eight men and two women - Mary Hindle and Ann Entwistle - commuted to transportation to New South Wales for life.  The remaining men and women received prison sentences - none longer than two years.

Many people in Haslingden were disturbed at the harsh sentence meted out to Mary.  On 10 October 1826 John Holgate, a Helmshore factory owner, sent a petition signed by thirty-four "very respectable inhabitants" (including William Turner himself) to Robert Peel, the Home Secretary.  Other petitions by the Revd. William Gray J.P., the vicar of St. James; by George, her husband, who said she had simply gone to the scene of the riot to look for her daughter; and by her late father'semployer, John Rostron of Holcombe (who offered her a job for life). All were rejected. 

On 25th April 1827, exactly a year after the riot at Middle Mill, Mary Hindle left Lancaster Castle for Woolwich and the convict ship "Harmony".  She arrived in Sydney, New South Wales on 27th September 1827. She was in the ship's hospital suffering from pleurisy for most of the voyage.

Mary was assigned, as a convict to be a laundress for the family of John Nicholson, who was Mater attendant at the Dockyard at Darling Harbour (now part of Sydney Harbour).

On 30 September 1830 Mary wrote to the Govern of New South Wales asking if a pardon for her had arrived from England.  The answer was "Nothing is known about this matter".

A year later, on 19 November 1831 Mary received her "Ticket of Leave".  This was only given for good conduct and exempted her from working for a particular employer, provided she remained in the district of Sydney.  This was renewed on 12 February 1835.

The next reference to Mary Hindle is in the "Government Gazette" of April 1838.  Unfortunately she is on the list of runaways apprehended in the third week of that month.  She absconded as she was being escorted to Parramatta Female Factory (a prison, hospital etc) and recaptured several days later.  (It is possible she was found out of her district, which was strictly forbidden). 

Sometime later, on 28 May 1838, whilst in Parramatta Female Factory, Mary wrote to the Governor asking for a free pardon.  Three anotations on her letter show how the injustices she suffered were to continue.  "Is this woman one of the machine breakers?" "No pardon has been received for this woman," (dated 22nd June); "Let her be told so through Mrs. Leach," (dated 25 June).  (Mrs. Leach was the Matron of the Female Factory).

In 1840 it is possible that Mary Hindle was a laundress for Thomas Ryan, the Chief Clerk to the Principal Superintendent of Convicts.  Thomas Ryan, an ex-convict himself, lived at 139 Princess Street, Sydney.  Sadly, in the Government Gazette for June 1840, Mary is again listed as a runaway from Thomas Ryan since 6 June.  She was apprehended within days.

However, on 21 August 1841 Mary took her own life whilst in Parramatta Female Factory. She was buried the following day in the graveyard of St. John's Church, Parramatta.  There is no headstone.  So ended fifteen years of imprisonment and transportation with all the horrors that went with both.

In the petition of the thirty-four signatures in 1826, Mary Hindle is described - "---hath uniformly borne a good character for peaceable demeanour, honesty and industry ---- she was not activated by any malignity of dispostion ----- and further, your petitioners are truly affected by the severity of her sentence ----".

John Rostron's (her father's employer) petition spoke " ---- very few have come so clean and descent and none have done their work better ----". He then asked that Mary be restored to her family.

Mary Holden, as she was, bore a name, which is arguably the oldest in Haslingden.  Nothing - the good name of her family or the petitions on her behalf - made any difference to those in the legal and political system who were determined to make a example of a descent woman in order to put fear in the hearts of others.  The accusations that she destroyed looms were never proved.  Elementary justice would have see her acquitted.

Like so many in East Lancashore, Mary hindle endured starvation and deprivation.  The death of her mother, father and two children within three years indicates the effect on her family alone.  To bring the full retribution of the law onto Mary Hindle in such circumstances was monstrously cruel and unjust.  This continued even in New South Wales.

The manner of Mary's death is especially saddening after being treated with such gross injustice, prejudice and bigotry.  The "The Mary Hindle Centre" will keep her name alive in the minds of those who deeply oppose such things.
William Turner - February 2000.

POSTSCRIPT  Written by Lorraine Hooper.

My husband's twin brother lives near Brisbane and we decided to visit a few years ago, neither of us are seasoned travelers, so I said that as this was going to be my only trip to Australia, I wanted to go to Parramatta graveyard, where Mary is buried. Before we went, I'd been on one of my trips to Lancashire and visited Haslingden, St. Jame's, where Mary's husband was buried and gathered some grasses (just a bit) to take to Parramatta.
In Australia, my sister in law read the story and said " when you get to the graveyard, you'll fall over, because Mary's choosen you to bring her letter to light". (Oh yes!)
We went to Sidney, a lady in the hotel (intrigued by the story) took us to Parramatta graveyard, there was a nice little archway/ gateway into it and as I went through I tripped and fell over !!!
Anyway I went down through the graves, Mary's is unmarked, but I scattered the grass and then found a small piece of brick that I brought home, half is on my window sill and the other half is in St Jame's graveyard.
PS Mary had been in Australia about 14 years when she committed suicide and that had me puzzled, why after all that time ?  So I thought I'd search the death records, I found that her husband George had died the year before, well it would have taken nearly a year for any letter to get to Mary !

Sorry I've rambled on and on, but seeing Mary Hindle in my inbox this morning really stirred up my memories.

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Monday, 23 January 2017


"Paradise Lost"

One penny banger, or a three penny jump jack or pinwheel,
or maybe the funds only reached a liquorice stick or bubblegum card,
I'd get from dear old Harold, whilst on my way to school,
His shop was a toffee "Paradise" next to a place called Ranters Row,

We would play lots of football whilst up in Jimmy's yard, just as kids do,
We must have given the driver a shock when our ball went over the wall,
We would shout out loud to nearly a scream "Harold" "Harold"
He'd come from shop and kick that ball with accuracy of a good "rugby try".

School done, lets run the landing, and off we'd go and run around Back Paradise,
It seemed to always annoy someone who come out and shout with clout "clear off"
But that made it all the more exciting, has we nervously brushed their way,
Scampering over that scary drop below, with eyes to the front and pray!

I guess we sounded loud like squabbling kids do - just like generations before us,
has we ran down "Little Prinny Hill" and over steam smoking railway bridge,
then sharp right and then sharp left, past all the chuckling hens within their pens,
We'd reach "Jimmies" where all hell broke lose to be first to kick the ball as I recall.

Bryan Yorke - January 2017

A sketch to show "Little Prinny Hill" and Paradise Terrace (Click over to enlarge)

This is a photo showing Little Prinny Hill coming down to join Prinny Hill (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: kindly shared to us by Chris Kirby

Back Paradise Terrace - Little Prinny Hill (Click over photo to enlarge)
Photo: Courtesy of Joan Merrill
For anyone who did not know, this terrace (Back Paradise Terrace) was across the main road from the bottom of Regent Street and at this corner shown here was called "Little Prinny Hill" and you could go down here and join the main Prinny Hill track towards Carrs in the deep bottom.  We would regularly use it when going from our School (St. James) and down to our playing fields in the bottom for football matches etc. Also you could divert off to the right on the cinder track and go down a short cut which crossed over a small footbridge to get across the Mill lodge and this way gave you access to Commerce Street which would eventually take you to the Station area.

Also for anyone who did not know what it looked like before it was demolished here is a couple more photos of it looking from either Regent St or Blackburn Road.

This shows Paradise Terrace (Ranters Row) and the landing leading to Back Paradise Terrace long before they were demolished. The shop here was at that time still a grocers. I can remember the shop being Mrs. Cairns who I think did
have haberdashery and also then sold typewriters.  Later the shop was taken over by Jack Walsh who sold Hoovers and
did Hoover repairs.
Click over photo to enlarge (Photo: Courtesy of Joan Merrill)

This also shows Paradise Terrace (Ranters Row) with Regent Street at the right hand bottom corner.
You can see Harold's newspaper and sweet shop at the point where the tram is.
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And just across the road from Paradise Terrace was St. James's School as you can see in the photo.  But in the past there was also the Old Church Institute and also Martin's Bank. Both these have been demolished and the small garden shown in this photo is on the site of the old bank. More to follow soon.
Shows the little park built on the original site of Martins Bank (see next photo below), also just up the slope on the left hand side
was were the Church Insitute used to be (see next photo)
Click over photo to enlarge. If you want to check out the St. James School Blog Click Here
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Chris Kirby

Old Martins Bank which stood at the bottom of Regent Street where nowadays the little park is in the
photo above with the red and yellow seats. Also note the building to the mid left is the old Church Institute. Have you read about were the Bank ended up after it was demolished?
if not check Click here and scroll down

The Church Institute - also shows the old vicarage in the background, also just shows to the right hand side
the old Martins Bank which was also demolished (Click over photo to enlarge)

Little Prinny Hill - by Michael Mullaney and uploaded here on 23rd Jan 2017

Little Prinny Hill would seem an insignificant dirt track connecting into Prinny Hill.  However if we consider that in the early days when getting about was all on foot or by pack horse or if lucky a horse Little Prinny Hill was a main thoroughfare to and from Haslingden.  The parish church was the main focal point in any town.  As such all ancient track-ways started from, or terminated at, the church.  In this case, leaving the church yard by way of the route which exits at Regent Street, thence down Little Prinny Hill (remember Blackburn Road had not even been thought of then) into Prinny Hill, then turning right at the bottom the road would take you around Cob Castle and onto Blackburn.  Or you could go straight on and it would take you along the river bottom to the Helmshore.  Little Prinny Hill may have acted as a relief road, that is it was used because its incline was not as steep at Prinny Hill itself making it easier on pedestrian and animal traffic.  Viewing an map of Haslingden its easy to see all the old track-ways which started and finished at the parish church.

Regarding Ranters Row or the terrace known as Paradise Terrace.  This type of terrace was built all along Blackburn Road to accommodate the massive influx of migrant workers into the town.  It s construction should be studied being somewhat unique to parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire in so far as it utilized land which would not normally be considered fit to build on.  As the first picture clearly shows the gable end, its relation to Little Prinny Hill and the main road level.  The lower storey made best use of the steep fall of the land and are built into the earth and were known as "Back-to-Earth" houses.  They must have had a perennial problem with damp.  The upper storey are "Back-to-Back" houses, that is the row was divided along the backbone of the terrace, the rear and the front property shared a common internal back wall, hence Paradise Terrace on the front and Back Paradise Terrace on the rear.  The rear accessed by the iron railinged landing from either end.  One presumes there was a rent scale, the front accessing Blackburn Road would demand the highest rent whilst the back and back to earth would move down the scale.  Toilets were communal and located at the far end with groups of families sharing one.  Possibly up to six properties sharing one toilet which would be of the ash pit type.  I suspect the higher rent paid the better toilet access.  The next terrace further along Blackburn Road had in its middle a ginnel with so called 99 steps down to the lower level which allowed workers to take a short cut to the mills in the bottom.  Every effort was always made to build in short cuts to save the workers time and effort, after all the owners didn't want them to tired to work.  Going home didn't matter so much.  One wonders just what orchestrated sounds the workers clogs made as they scurried down the 99 steps at seven o'clock at morning.  You probably wouldn't sleep in if your house shared a wall with the ginnel.
Michael Mullaney.

Received from John McGuire (Australia) on 25th January 2017
Hi Bryan,
I have just read Michael’s article on the Blog and would like to comment on the ginnel with the 99 steps.
We lived at 122 Blackburn Rd which was on the Haslingden side of the ginnnel. There was about 40 steps down to the lower level.
  From there to the “bonk” perhaps another 30 steps. I suppose if there was at one time more steps set into the bonk then there would
have been 99.We lived in that house from 1944 to 1954 and I can’t recall anyone other than the occupants of the “back to earth” houses below using them.
I guess all the workers in Grove, Vine Grove and Commercial Mills had other means of getting to work. I agree with Michael that the noise of clog irons in the ginnel would have been deafening.

The houses on the main road level were two up and two down. Our house however had no floor in the back bedroom , just the floor joists on which you had to balance to see out of the window.
Consequently Dad, Mum and the two of us slept in the front room. I wish I knew who the landlord was as I’m sure our discomfort would be compensatable even now!
All for now,

John McGuire