Monday, 12 September 2016

PHOTOS, POSTCARDS, SNIPPETS, NOTES, NOTICES ETC (Heading for one week only before filing)



Photo from 2003
Uploaded here on 29th September 2016


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Training at Haslingden Fire Station 25th January 2004
(Uploaded here on 28th September 2016


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Uploaded here on 28th September 2016



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Uploaded here on 27th September 2016
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From: Jan Kozyl (15th September 2016 11:32)

Hi Bryan
Thank you for uploading my photo on to your website.  I've attached another photo that may interest you.  It is a mememto of my First Communion at St. Mary's, showing the front and back of the small card.  I wondered if any of your readers have also kept theirs.  Mine was found recently as it has been kept by my mother.
Kind regards, Jan Kozyl.




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From: Wendy Addison (20th September 2016 14:52)

Hello Bryan,
I'm conducting some ancestral research for my Great Grandmother and have possibly found her in 1871, aged 11 living at 4 Regent Street, Haslingden.

Of interest is that there are other "boarders"/scholars also living at this address, alongside a Schoolmistress and a Music Teacher (see my highlights in red). The same pattern follows in future census records although my ancestor seems to have left by then.

Was this a school of some sort?

With many thanks, Wendy.

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Email from Thomas Michael Parkinson on 6th April 2015 reads:-

I love your blog!  My paternal grandfather was born in Haslingden 3rd October 1882 and lived on Eliza Street.  According to family lore he came to the United States early in the 20th century to work in spinning mills in Rhode Island, based on skills he learned in the mills of Haslingden.  I have no information on the circumstances of his deciding to leave, but wonder if there was any active recruiting by New England mill owners of skilled workers in the Manchester area.  Perhaps something was publicised in the local newspaper?

Tom (Thomas Michael, son of Thomas William) Parkinson.

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Photos and Information on Rising Bridge, Stonefold and Baxenden




Stonefold Church (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Lorraine Hooper (nee Eke) and uploaded here on 9th September 2016




Kearns Allens Works shown from aeroplane (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Lorraine Hooper (nee Eke) and uploaded here on 9th September 2016


Lower Baxenden
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Photo: Kindly shared by Lorraine Hooper (nee Eke) and uploaded here on 9th September 2016

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Lorraine Hooper (nee Eke) has kindly shared the following photographs with us




Rising Bridge Post Office in the 1950's  (Click over to enlarge)

Uploaded here on 8th September 2016
(Photo: kindly shared by Lorraine Hooper (nee Eke)

Snowed Up in the 1950's showing the snowed up train beneath Rising Bridge together with the school high up on the left hand side.  (Click over to enlarge)
Uploaded here on 8th September 2016
(Photo: kindly shared by Lorraine Hooper (nee Eke)




Snowed Up in the 1950's outside Rising Bridge Post Office  (Click over to enlarge)
Uploaded here on 8th September 2016
(Photo: kindly shared by Lorraine Hooper (nee Eke)


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Monday, 22 August 2016

SUNNYBANK MILL, HELMSHORE and THE PORRITT FAMILY





Old Porritts Letterheading from 1909 (Click over to enlarge)




Dave Wise has kindly sent in some photos to share with us all (16th Aug 2016)

Bryan   I am enclosing some photos of Porritt's, Sunnybank Mills In response to the comments on the facebook page regarding the Commemorative Plate. I spent a lot of time in the mill when I was young as both my Mother and Father worked there Jim and Dorothy Wise.  My mother was in the felting  room and my dad worked in the mill bottom his fellow workers in there was Tom Watson, Alan Nuttall, Walt Rose Tom Bottoms Jack Davies, Bill and Eddy Stott, Stan Robinson, Alan Anderton and I think Dennis Warburton I might be wrong on the first name.  He had a brother called Golding as an aside his Reliant Robin was washed away in the 60's flood.

In the felting room the foreman was Tom Green.
Also working there at this time
Fire Beaters were Bill Rushton and Tommy Armstrong
Engineer was Frank West
Joiner was Sam Edgerton
Blacksmith was Vincent Cribe spent hours watching him shoe the horses that were used to transport the wool from Bridge End Mill and the station to the works.

Derek I think one of the Electricians when you were there was Eddie Wilkinson
Lorry driver was Bill Fitton.  Two of my friends Lawrence Barlow and Eric Henderson worked in the Weaving Dept. My Aunty Amy Graham was canteen manageress.
It was good to hear people from my youth replying to article.
Dave Wise


Porritts and Spencers - Finishing Roof (Click over to enlarge)


Porritts and Spencer Sunnybank - Cylinder Room

 Porritts and Spencer - Sunnybank Mill




Porritts and Spencer - Sunnybank Mill -  Finishing Room




Old Joseph Porritt and Sons Advert (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared by Craig Fleming

Friday, 19 August 2016

HASLINGDEN SPORT - The Tor Mile Race - Helmshore Annual Event


The late Derek Pilkington and I revived the Tor race on June 23rd 1958.  About 1000 spectators saw both senior and junior races. (see photos below)
Senior winner was - John A. Robinson (9 minutes, 10 seconds)
Junior winner - Stanley Rabin, aged 14 (9minutes, 33.8 seconds)
Start and finish at Barlow Terrace.

The race run during peace celebrations in 1919 and was from the Holme Field.

The Local History film, "Helmshore 1958", has shots of the race.

Chris Aspin




Tor Mile 1958 - Winner Johnny Robinson with Mayor Ben Fisher  (Click over to enlarge)
to the left hand side of JR is the runner-up Cyril Gregory of Helmshore.  Cyril's sister Veronica Gregory informs us that he now lives in South Africa.


Stan Raby winning Tor Mile 1958 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Peter Shuttleworth and uploaded here on 19th August 2016


Christine Raby (20th August 2016) Stan's daughter confirms that he won the Tor Mile on 3 separate occasions and that she has his trophy cup in her possession.



Tor Mile Race – 22nd July 1963 (Click over to enlarge)

Presentation of cups by Mr. A. Bedford (2nd from Right), aged 89, at that time oldest member of Helmshore Local History Society.
Left: Brian Hall of Manchester and District Harriers, Winner of the Club Race.
Right: Michael Eastwood Winner of the Local Race.

Chris Aspin – Secretary of the Helmshore Local History Society.


Musbury Tor Mile 1963 - Last Man in Alan Schofield (Click to enlarge)





Thursday, 18 August 2016

HASLINGDEN SPORT - CRICKET



Haslingden Cricket Club, Bentgate

Below are a few photos of teams, players and other functions of varying times during the history of our Cricket Club.  Haslingden must have had some of the best pro's in the Lancashire League, before my time the great George Headley,  I remember when young, the great Vinko Mankad, and during my teens The great Clive Lloyd, and later still Denis Lillee. Also during my time I have good memories of fabulous local players like Ian Austin, Bryan Knowles and his sons, also John Ingham and the list could go on and on and on and hopefully before long we will be able to name them all!


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One of the earliest I can find is this but sadly as now undated!  (Click over to enlarge)





 Haslingden CC League Champions 1900  (Click over to enlarge)

Standing: C.T. Salkeld, W. Harris, G. Parker, E. Hargreaves (scorer), Sam Watson, A.G. Shaw, J. Usher (pro)
Seated: G.E. Bentley (Chairman), T. Rawlinson, T. Smith, W. Warburton (Captain),
J.W. Cowpe, J.P. Green, W. Brooks (Secretary)



Haslingden CC Team 1904 (Click over to enlarge)
photo kindly shared by Elaine Pollard

Haslingden CC Pavillion 1908 (Click over to enlarge)


Haslingden CC 2nd Team c1911 (Click over to enlarge)

Haslingden Cricket Club – (between 1919-1921) (Click over to enlarge)

Top Row: W.L. Halstead, H. Blackburn, Ald  J. Law J.P., Councillor Tom Worsley, J.T. Witham, Ald H. Worsley J.P & C.C., Ald Baxter, D Bask, C. Muck
2nd Row: R. Collinge, T Willock, W. Hargreaves, G.W. Hardman, J. Eastwood, The Mayor J.H. Anderton, R. Halstead, R. Bentley, E.E. Riley, J.E. Bastowe, W. Holt-Treasurer.
Front Row: A.E. Harman, E Catlow, A.E. Williams, J. Ashworth, G.H. Hindle, F.McWade, T. Lees (Scoror), A. Blackburn, A. Rhodes, W. Lees, W.H. Lonsdale (Secretary)



First Tea Rooms built in 1920 from a former army hut (Click over to enlarge)
Haslingden Cricket Club Team and Committee Members  - Cup Winners 1920 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo Shows Mr. Worsley stood behind the cup. Photo taken at Carter Place Hall 


Haslingden Cricket Club Team - Cup Winners 1920 (Click over photo to enlarge)










Fred Pickup with Lancs League Junior Championship Cup 1921
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A mixed selection of Haslingden CC past players (Click over to enlarge)

Top left: Frank Edwards, Top right: E. Riley,  Bottom left: Unknown, Bottom right: A. Blackburn



Haslingden Carnival c1923-1924

Back Row: John M. Willis, John Ratcliffe, Maurice Hugo.
Middle Row: George Lees, Joseph Collings,
Front Row: Alan Eccles, Frances McWade, John Bentley-Wood, Gilbert Rishton.

Haslingden Cricket Club team 1928 
Picture taken at Bentgate. Captain is Ted Riley (Centre), 3rd player from Left back row is Leslie Warburton, who played for Lancashire in a Test Trial.  Tall man next to him is Albert Rhodes who played for Lancashire.  Professional (Standing extreme right) is Frank Edwards, who was later coach at Eton College, slow left arm bowler




George Headley (Haslingden CC pro) presenting Daily Express bat to Leonard Pilkington
(Who later played for Haslingden) July 1934 (Click over to enlarge)


Also pictured are Mr. Halstead (left) headmaster of Central Council School and Mr. Pickup (Sports Master).
Haslingden Cricket Club players and committee members (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Joyce Thorne

More Haslingden CC past players (Click over to enlarge)

Top left:J. Sampson, Top right: George Headley )(pro), bottom left: Percy Sharples, bottom right: W. Harris


Haslingden Cricket Ground - Bentgate (Click over to enlarge)







More past Haslingden CC players (Click over to enlarge)

Top Left: Ernest Catlow, W.H. Lonsdale (Secretary and J.E. Bastow - Photo taken at Carter Place to celebrate Haslingden scoring 314 for 5 against Rishton.
Top Right: Ikram Elahi (pro) 1962-64
Bottom left: J. Wellock with ball he took 6 wickets for 7 against Church c1920
Bottom right: Jack Briggs


Haslingden v Accrington at Bentgate c1956 (Click over to enlarge)

Left to Right: Linden Dewhurst (Accrington Captain), Alan Pilkington (Haslingden), John Lawrence (Haslingden pro), Leslie Warburton (Haslingden player who had played for Lancashire), S.D. Dhanwade (Accrington pro), Jack Briggs (played for Lancashire in 1939), Jack Cronkshaw (Haslingden Captain.

Haslingden Cricket Club (early 1960s I think!)  (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Joyce Thorne


Haslingden CC 2nd Eleven Joint Championship Lancashire Junior League Winners 1963 (Click over to enlarge)
Haslingden Cricket Club Social Committee Members (Click over to enlarge)
thanks to Joyce Thorne for sharing this photo with us

Haslingden Cricket Club Official opening of the New Entwistle Pavilion - August 1969 (Click over to enlarge)
Coun. Donald Valentine (Mayor) and Mrs. Valentine and John Entwistle




Presentation to T.D. Lees by W. Dawson for HCC Secretary for 27 years - 27th January 1976 (Click over to enlarge)

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A Haslingden Cricket Team



 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



Haslingden C.W.S Cricket Team

Haslingden CWS Cricket Club Team (Click over to enlarge)

Winners of the Accrington and District Wednesday League - Season 1913


Haslingden Salem Methodist Cricket Team


Salem Methodist Cricket Team c1926 (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared with us thanks to Jeff Stevens

Haslingden Secondary Modern School  Cricket Teams


Haslingden Secondary Modern School Cricket Team c1962 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared with us thanks to Derek  Haworth


Haslingden St. Mary's Cricket Teams


 St. Mary's R.C. Church Cricket Team  (Click over to enlarge)


St. Mary's R.C. Church Cricket Team  (Click over to enlarge)

Haslingden St. Mary's Cricket Team c1930  (Click over to enlarge)


Haslingden St. Mary's Cricket Team (date unknown) (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by John Bedford

Haslingden St. Mary's Cricket Club Winners Medals H.S.S.C.L 1929 (Click over image to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by John Bedford


Haslingden Tradesmen's Cricket Team


Haslingden Tradesmen's Cricket Team 1924 (Click over to enlarge)
Newspaper cutting: Thanks to Joyce Thorne for sharing this with us

Porritt and Spencers Cricket Team


Porritts and Spencers Cricket Team at Prinny Hill (Click over to enlarge)
I also have this team listed as "Musbury Cricket Team"


Porritts and Spencers Cricket Team (Click over to enlarge)



Springhill Methodist Cricket Team

Springhill Methodist Cricket Team c1960s (Click over to enlarge)

I still have to include several "credits" to some of the photos kindly shared which hopefully will be added soon. Thank you.

MORE TO COME VERY SOON.......