Monday, 22 August 2016

PHOTOS, POSTCARDS, EMAILS, SNIPPETTS, NOTES, NOTICES ETC (Heading here for one week only prior to filing)

Photos kindly shared by Robert Stevens (26th August 2016)

St. James Rose Queen - Early 60s - The Queen is Margaret Hunt (Click over to enlarge)
Photo taken down on the St. James Sports field bottom of Prinny Hill.
Photo kindly shared by Robert Stevens (26th August 2016

St. James Rose Queen - Early 60s - The Queen is Margaret Hunt (Click over to enlarge)
Photo taken down on the St.James Sports field bottom of Prinny Hill.
Photo kindly shared by Robert Stevens (26th August 2016


The following photo has been kindly shared by Deborah Armstrong (25th August 2016)

Members of Haslingden Judo Club (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared by Deborah Armstrong on 25th August 2016

The following photos have been kindly shared by Robert Stevens (25th August 2016)

 Haslingden County Primary School c1958 (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared by Robert Stevens

Haslingden County Primary School c1958  (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared by Robert Stevens

St. James Walking Day (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared by Robert Stevens

St. James Walking Day (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared by Robert Stevens

St. James Walking Day (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared by Robert Stevens

All four above photos are of St. James Walking Day  (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared by Robert Stevens


Photo below kindly shared by Jeff Stevens (25th August 2016)

St. James's Walking day c1971 (Near Big Lamp) - Little girl holding hands is Julie Stevens (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Jeff Stevens on 25th August 2016


Request for information from Caroline Leathwood, Huddersfield (24th August 2016)

I wonder if I could please ask for your help?
I have a very strange story!
For years I have collected old postcards. 18 months ago, I found an old postcard at my local market in Huddersfield. I was shocked to find that the back was written in a strange code... I'm going to cut a verrry long story short here but basically this postcard was the start of an obsession! I cracked the code and managed to find a few more postcards from the same seller the following week, all in the same code. They were all between a couple named Ralph Duckworth and Minnie Storey-Bates, who both lived in Haslingden. I wrote a blog article about the cards 12 months ago -

So, after finding the cards I became obsessed with finding more!! Ralph had made reference to sending 'a hundred more' and I longed to find them! I scoured flea markets and eBay for 18 months but my search was fruitless as you can probably imagine. What would really be the chances of finding more?! I came across more coded postcards in my search, which are all fascinating but they didn't intrigue me as much as those between Ralph Duckworth and Minnie Storey-Bates from Haslingden...

So I pretty much gave up looking.
And then what should 'wash up' at my local flea market last week?!
Not just the 100 cards from Ralph ... But 400!!!!!
I bought the entire collection and I'm still in shock! What are the chances?! It's incredibly strange they should fall into my hands and if I believed in fate then I'd say this was indeed fate!!

All the cards were posted between 1904-1913, when the couple married in Delph.
I know a few bits and pieces about Ralph and Minnie, from and the content of the cards themselves. But I would love to know more!! They make reference to lots of places and people local to Haslingden. I get the impression they were very much in 'high society' in Haslingden!

If you know anything at all about the names - literally anything! - I would be so grateful if you could help me to learn more.

Sorry if my request is a little odd. I have to try and rein myself in when talking about it as I find the whole story so fascinating and i struggle not to ramble, hee!!
Thanks for reading this far.
Caroline Leathwood, Huddersfield.

If you do have any information to help Caroline, please let me have it at and I will then pass it on direct to her.


Request from Chris Aspin (22nd August 2016)

Chris is still busy compiling local psychic events, and he is requesting that if there is anyone out there that has first-hand accounts of strange encounters he would love to hear from them.  He can be contacted as follows:- 

Chris Aspin, 21 Westbourne, Helmshore, Rossendale, BB4 4QD
or Telephone: 01706 227129
or email direct at:


Short Stories kindly shared to us by Denise Humphreys (nee Holden) (22nd Aug 2016)

By the way a little story about the cinema which used to be a laundry.  In the early 1900's my great gran, Granny Ward ran the laundry.  One night she was working late when a "gentleman" appeared dressed in 19th century clothes and wearing a top hat.  He did not say anything and wandered around.  She followed him but when he went into the cellar she decided not to go.  When she told this tale to some of the local women (in the Co-op) they said it sounded like a vicar who committed suicide in the cellar many years ago.  She never saw him again. 
On a footnote my sister worked at the cinema for a while in the 1960's and none of the workers would go up the stairs to the room where the ice cream was kept because it was "creepy".  Her boss who ran the cinema was in there with her grand-daughter who was about 6.  One afternoon she locked the doors because of the money.  Her grand-daughter had the run of the place.  Suddenly the grand-daughter ran back to her saying she had seen a man in "funny clothes" and went on to describe the vicar.
Not sure if all of this is true as I did not see it, just heard the stories.
Regards Denise.

Chris Aspin (22nd August 2016) replied: I'm most interested in the story of the haunted old vicarage.  The vicar cut his own throat; and people have told me that his ghost often walked.

In October, 1857, ten years to the day after the suicide, strange loud noises were heard in the parish church during a service, but no reason was ever found.

A couple of photos here showing Denise's Great Gran on the steps of the old Laundry (bottom photo) and also one of inside of the old Laundry. The bottom photo shows the building when it was the vicarage.

Memories kindly shared by Denise Humphreys (nee Holden) (22nd Aug 2016)

I was born and raised in Haslingden - Heys Street and have just found your wonderful, wonderful site.  I will now spend hours going through it.
Today I have come across St. Mary's School Student photo 1960-1961 which is when I attended.  There is a very small girl on the far right, front row which is me, as I was then Denise Humphreys.  A am not much bigger now!!! Nothing brings back memories like photos and I have found my sister on another one, together with my childhood friends, happy, happy memories.

I now live in Worcestershire but my sister still lives in Helmshore and I am going to visit her this coming Thursday.  We often walk around Haslingden sharing our memories.  I'm afraid it is not how it used to be and I'm not one for progress all the time.  My lovely little town where I grew up is no more.

When I was 14 we moved to Lincoln Street - yes I know miles away!! - and I remember Carrs well, I used to take my dog for a walk there and all around over the quarry.  It was a sad day for me when the new road was built.  My gran lived in Blackburn Road and I used to love going there.
Well I won't keep you any longer reminiscing, I could go on all day.
Regards Denise Humphreys


Photos kindly shared by Jeff Stevens

St. James C of E - Information on donations and clost of the peal of eight Bells
above scan kindly shared to us by Jeff Stevens via facebook page

Ray Whittaker - Our Facebook site on 21st August 2016: Whilst at school (1971 HSMS), I had to give a talk for 10 minutes to the class and my chosen topic was campanology (a term used by none bell ringers).  Many bells have inscriptions on them and in some areas many moons ago they were rung backwards 8 to 1 to warn of an outbreak of fire and some have inscriptions relating to fire.  I wondered what inscriptions maybe or would be on the bells here at St. James.  So off up the tower to see I went and your piece of paper reminded me of what inscription is cast into the bells.  Cast by T. Mears of London and each bell presented by, just as your paper says.  I then joined the team of ringers the Tenor (no.8) being the bell I rang the most.

Haslingden Home Guard 1940 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo kindly shared by Jeff Stevens through our facebook pages

Back Row: Tom Worswick, John Clegg, Chris Smithson, Roland Rothwell, Ralph Heap, Steve Banyard, Frank Taylor, Leonard Oakley, Jimmy Gilgallon, Norman Stevens, George Desforges, Syd Smith, Allan Tricket, Alec Hulton, Sam Hoyle.
Second Row: Jack Roundell, Tom Wood, Peter Shields, Tom Wood, ?, ? Barnes, Tomy Cain, Jimmy Dunn, Bob Hargreaves, ? Barnes, John Clarke, Mike ?, Harry Spencer.
Front Row: Reggie Dewhurst, Tommy Stanton, Harry Rodgers, C/O Halstead, Fred Green, George Worswick

Photo uploaded here on 20th August 2016

A fine group of Haslingden ladies - (Click over to enlarge)
Another photo kindly shared by Jeff Stevens


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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 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!


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)


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.