Friday, 17 November 2017

Photos, Postcards, Snippets, Notices etc (archived after one week......ish!)

Sammy Southwood kindly shared (19th Nov 2017) some old family diary notes from the 1930s:
Here are some excerpts from family letters to an ill wife/mother we have found from the 1930s which give a nice feel of Haslingden at the time.

From the son: 'On Sunday night, I went up Clifford and Aunty Alwin's and won 9d at cards. On Monday to a picture at Haslingden, 'Kalina'. On Saturday night after we left we went the football match at Blackburn, it was a draw Blackburn Blackpool. Saturday night to a picture, Laurel and Hardy in 'Jailbirds'."

From the father: 'I have just had some chips for my tea which was rotten, then I am getting stuck into the cleaning (oh how I miss you!) Your Bob came down last night and said Ada was going to take you to the Gay 90s at the Con Club tonight, but chin up, you will soon be home and you can have your job back willingly, and the cash accounts! I will now close as I want to catch the post, good night darling."


More brilliant newspaper cuttings have now been added by Jackie which include some great tales: Georgie Berry "The Carnival King" and lowering Grane Road to accept double decker buses under the railway bridge plus lots more: CHECK OUT BY CLICKING HERE


Fantastic! a photo of the great man himself - Bert Marsden (Blacksmith) - Click over to enlarge)
Never thought we would get one and here it is thanks to Stephen and Joan Nuttall. Joan and
her family (nee Watson) were good friends with their neighbours Bert and Beattie and it
the photo shows from L to R . Mr. Watson with his daughter Dot and Bert in the deckchair.

To Joan and her sisters he was known as Uncle Bert and was a friend of Joan's mum and dad (Arthur and Letitia Watson). Joan's family and Bert and his wife Beattie (Aunty Beattie lived next door to each other for many years (25 and 27 Park Street).

It wasn't unheard of for Joan to go out in to the back yard only to find a horse in the yard next door which Bert was dealing with.  The back yards were quite small so not much room for a big horse and a big man.

If you want to check out our Blog on BERT MARSDEN and his smithy please click here and scroll down. 

Another great photo which shows Bert and Beattie Marsden on the right hand side (Click over to enlarge)
With friends on the promenade
Photo: Kindly shared with us by Stephen and Joan Nuttall

the 1919 Peace Celebrations (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Stephen and Joan Nuttall

another photo of the 1919 Peace Celebrations (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Stephen and Joan Nuttall

August 1972 visitation to St. Veronicas by Bishop Geoff Burke with Father Iggy Knowles (Click over to enlarge)
Pete Gregory, Kev Kearney, Peter? Hardman, Owen Judge, think Vincent Judge & Mick Murphy
Thanks to Lawrence Gregory for kindly sharing this photo

(November 17th 2017)  We have now started a "new blog" called Newspaper Cuttings on Haslingden and Helmshore.  The cuttings are taken from a long time collection belonging to Jackie which she has compiled over the years.  The first contributions are taken from the 1950s when newspapers where just something very special!!  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE NEW BLOG


Aerial Photo of Haslingden Central (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared with us by Mark Barrett - Haslingden Tyres on Regent Street


And now yet another verse to "Knock it Daaern"

And now another bites the dust,
Which once a brewer’s dream abode,
And later a place where prayers were said,
And now all but memories are read,
Knock it daaern, knock it daaern.

St. Veronicas which previously was the home of Cpt Tom Baxter (Baxters Brewery)
(Photo: Bryan Yorke 2003)


The following photos have been kindly shared to the Blog by Sammy Southwood

Haslingden Bowling Club late 1980s or early 1990s (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Sammy Southwood

Front: Dick Rowe
Front Row: Kneeling Bob Bond, Eddie Bowery, Seated: Mr. Fred Haworth, George Heys, ?
Back and Middle Standing from L to R: Frank Nuttall, Dick Garnett, Gilbert Eastwood?, Arthur Lamb, ?,?,?,?,?,?,?

My Grandad is the child (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Sammy Southwood

St. James's Walking Day 1970 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Sammy Southwood

St. James's Panto late 1970 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Sammy Southwood

St. James's Walking Day - Regent Street - Date unknown (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Sammy Southwood

St. Johns's Baxenden - date unknown (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Sammy Southwood

Date or function unknown, but Great Grand Uncle Robert Rawstron is the child at the front (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Sammy Southwood

Photo kindly shared to us by Sammy Southwood (Click over to enlarge)


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.

Newspaper Cuttings about Haslingden and Helmshore

This is a blog which contains some fabulous newspaper cuttings, collected and compiled by Jackie.  These cuttings are taken from when newspapers were something even more special.

A Joke that lasted 40 years - King Carnival - George Berry (Click over to enlarge)

Steam Engine retired after 43 years at J.H. Birtwistles 

New Church Wall completed

Lowered the level of the road so that double deckers can get under the bridge OK

Gregory Folds vanished landmark

Haslingden family returning from holiday at Accrington Station

Haslingden busmen

Long Service Bandsmen

Haslingden Workingmens Club

Holiday week showing mills in bottom, taken from Church Tower

Mrs. Dodd at the Savoy making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday 

Parade of standards before the Remembrance Day concert at Haslingden Public Hall
(Click over to enlarge)


The next contributions are Pub related:-

Ken and Irene Moden at the Forresters 

George and Mrs. Melleleu at the Rose and Crown (Click over to enlarge)

Melvin and Marlene Billington at the Holden Arms (Click over to enlarge)

Tom and Barbara Jones at the Farmers Glory (Click over to enlarge)
also shows Arthur and June Holden

Sheila and Kenneth Kenyon at the Roebuck, Haslingden 

Frank and Doris Cooper at the Black Bull Hotel (Click over to enlarge)

Mr and Mrs. D. Morton at the Regent Hotel (Click over to enlarge)

Haslingden Co-op Hall (Click over to enlarge)
This is the venue where most of us had our wedding receptions

The first contributions are as follows (around the early 50s):-

Haslingden Workingmens Club Christmas Party (Click over to enlarge)

Click over to enlarge

Haslingden St. John's Ambulance (Click over to enlarge)

Clough End Coronation party - Shows Mr. Fred Barnes at Back (Click over to enlarge)

Haslingdens Annual Cycle Rally (Click over to enlarge)

Worsley Park Bowlings Club Champions (Click over to enlarge)
Father Christmas visits Flash Mill (Click over to enlarge)

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Family Information Request Blog (from October 2017)

This blog contains all the recent "Family Request Information".  Enquiries and submissions for inclusion here can be sent direct to: Jackie Ramsbottom on her email: Alternatively you can put your request on the blog "Facebook" pages

(Haslingden Old and New cannot accept any responsibility for any of the information contained in the following emails although we will do our best to try and check out the mails prior to listing here)



Hello,  I am trying to find my biological grandfather. He was born in Blackburn. The man I am looking for is called either Alexander/Alex/Alec Hogg he is about 76 years old so was born either late 1930's or early 1940's give or take a few years, I know that he worked in a mill not sure which one, I do not know whether he is still in the area, or even is still alive for that matter, but my searches keep bringing up Haslington County Primary School so i'm wondering if you can post this on your site just on the odd chance someone from that school may remember him,

thank you for your time 



But I am hoping you kind people could help me, I am looking for my 4 cousins, they are the children of my uncle Roy Harrison and his wife Edith HC Mason, Roy died in the year 2000, aged 66, I know they divorced and they had between them 4 children 2 sons John and Mark Harrison, and 2 daughters Carol and Susan Harrison, (I am guessing the ladies now could have changed there surname)On records that I have, there youngest child would be around 50 now, and all the births were registered in Haslingden. If anyone can help or knows/knew them, please be in touch or pass my message on to them, they have 4 cousins from Stoke On Trent who have been searching for them for a long time, we are the children of there uncle Jack. any information would be so gratefully received. Xx

CAN WE HELP PLEASE?  (From Samantha Freeman on 10th October 2017

I'm contacting you after coming across your fabulous blog! I just wish I had found it a just a couple of years earlier, when my Gran was still alive. She would have loved looking through all the old images and may have even recognised a few faces! She dies at 93 and could remember way back! 

Its a bit of a long shot that you would be able to assist me in my search but basically I've been working on my family tree for what feels like a gazillion years and have spent a small fortune on subscriptions to online search sites with worldwide access etc, and despite managing to trace many of my maternal family lines back to around the 1730 so far, I can barely confirm anything on my Paternal/grandfathers side. 
I have heard many family stories and memories from my Gran when she was alive, but cannot seem to link anything up.
Basically my family names are Simpson and Young and if I have got the line right, possibly through the Simpson line onto Ashworth and Booth too, but I really cant be sure. Hence my contacting you. 
My great granddad was Thomas George Young Jnr (b1901) He was who was a fish fryer on the Todmorden Road in 1939 and he and his wife Gladys Simpson. They had two sons Donald (My grandfather) b1900 (who was Coldstream Guard) and Billy (who took over the chippy from his Dad). 
Thomas was a well known in the area apparently and a well respected and long standing member of the “Buffs”, (Freemason Lodge in Haslingden). 

Thomas had two brothers Victor (a Merchant seamen (1939-1945) who on leaving the Navy moved to London and spent the rest of his life at sea on the The Queen Mary and The Queen Elizabeth etc as a Purser. He was also gay, so i guess the bright lights of the city beckoned!)
The eldest son was Albert and I cant race him at all.  
Their father was, if I have traced this back correctly, a Northern Irishman (Antrim/Belfast) by the name of Thomas George Young Snr (b1871) and who was, as my Gran described him a staunch "Orange Man". He was married to Mary Ann an Irish lass  family name "Macauley" I think, as the census records show her born  in Co. Fermanagh 1875. The records also show that Thomas Young Snr was a tram conductor in Rawtenstall in 1901 and a stoker at a cotton mill in 1911, living at Elm St and also at Lord St and finally retired, living at No3 Railway Cottages on the Burnley Rd in 1939. 

I would love to try and trace my Great Grandma Gladys Simpson, as I understand she was from a long line of Bacup lasses and would also like to find out a bit more about the Young  family in Bacup.  If there is any family historians or connections you think I could/should make, please let me know!
I pan to make a trip up to Haslingden at some point next year with my children. Let them see their family history first hand!

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. 
Kindest regards
Samantha Freeman


CAN WE HELP PLEASE (from Alison Boyd on 10th October 2017 

I am contacting you in the hope that you might be able to help finding information about my family,  particularly my father and his parents and grandparents, who all lived in the area.

The  family name is Barlow; my father was a Walter Barlow, born 1926. He lived at 325(?) Manchester Road, which I think is in Acre. I visited Haslingden and recognised the house from my childhood visits.
He attended Stonefold School (?) and  won a  scholarship to the Grammar School at the age of 10. He then went to Sheffield University and moved to Cleveleys, where I was born. he married my mum ( Anne Ireland) in 1952 or 1953 at Haslingden Parish Church.
His father was also Walter; he was the manager of the Co-op I believe, and retired, possibly in the late '50's' after 50 years' service. I remember my Dad telling me that during the war, he would occasionally come home with an extra pat of butter, after cutting customers' rations from the large slab from the dairy. My Dad's mother was Evelyn ( nee Grayden), and I think she ran the Cattle auction cafe, until the early 60' s perhaps.
My Dad's grandfather was also Walter! I have a rosebowl presented to him for 50 year's service at Rising Bridge Co- operative Industrial Society in 1916 ( so I guess he started there in 1866), but can find no information about it.

It was very unfortunate that, after my mum died, my dad destroyed all the photographs/letters etc that my parents had stored; he thought it would make life easier for me when I needed to clear the house. Consequently I have almost nothing from my parents' or my own childhood. As both my parents were only children, there were no siblings to help me either.

I know that it is unlikely that anyone would remember my dad, but if anyone can point me in the right direction to find out a bit more to add to my scant knowledge I would be so grateful.
Even just finding where any of his family is buried would be wonderful. I do know that they are not  at The Parish Church; I have been trying to find records for Haslingden Cemetery (I think there is one ) but have been unsuccessful.
I apologise for the length of this email, and understand if you don't feel that you're able to help. Best Wishes,
Alison Boyd ( nee Barlow)


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Jim Barlow and Rileys Ironmongery and Cycle Shop

Below are some of the beautiful advertising posters which were used for RILEY's Ironmongery and Cycle Shop which was very well known at No.1 George Street, Haslingden

  (The above posters have been kindly shared by Jackie Ramsbottom)


Obituary of Mr. Riley the original owner of the Cycle Shop prior to Jim
kindly shared to us by Jackie Ramsbottom

Jim Barlow at the age of 17 (c1927) who started work at Rileys and eventually took over the shop and retired in 1977
(Photo: Kindly shared to us by his nephew Brian Pickup)

Photo of Jim Barlow in Australia in 1977. When he retired he went
to Australia to visit his brother Edward
Photo: kindly shared to us by Jim's newphew Brian Pickup