Saturday, 10 November 2018

Lest We Forget

"They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun,
And in the morning
We will remember them

Monday, 20 August 2018

Photos, Postcards, Snippets and Occasional posters (Archiving after one week.....ish)

(Mail kindly sent through from Mike Ryan 8th November 2018)

As we quite rightly remember the fallen on Remembrance Sunday, so we should also think about those who also served and returned. Attached is a copy of the transfer papers in 1917 for my Grandad Ryan. As you can see he was found not fit to return to active service after recovering from gunshot wounds, but transferred to physical training. At that time he would be 31. I presume the group photo is the graduation class in March 1917. The record shows previous service of almost 10 years, which is probably when the younger photograph was taken. It may have been in India. He was not the only family member to be wounded only to return to service, as did many men from the town.


“Spion Kop”

These lines are dedicated to those Brave Comrades who nobly gave their lives in the ever memorable Battle of Spion Kop which took place on January 24th 1900.

1)     Will you kindly pay attention,
        To my story, sad but true;
        A few words I will mention,
        That concerns both me and you.

2)     It was on the 23rd of January.
        As we rested behind Three Tree Hill,
        That the order came along the line,
        Which caused many a heart to thrill.

3)    Spion Kop had to be taken,
       By the lads of the Lancashire Brigade,
       With the Twentieth in front to hear the brunt,
       The assault had to be made.

4)    The Kings Own and the Fortieth,
       Who never yet knew fear,
       With the T.M.J’s and the Sapper Boys,
       Gave their aid the hill to clear.

5)   Along the uneven ground we marched,
       In silence deep as death;
       And when we got to the hill,
       We halted to take our breath.

6)   With bayonets fixed, we crept along,
       And pressed on with a will,
       For to uphold Old England’s honour,
       And to avenge Majuba Hill.

7)   When the summit we had gained,
      Many a heart was beating fast.
      And in the damp cold morning air,
      The challenge came at last.

8)  Halt! Who goes there? A voice rang out,
      In a tongue both strange and queer;
      A rifle shot, a bayonet charge,
      And a gallant “British Cheer”.
9)      On, on we charged; the enemy fled,
          The hill was ours at last;
          All hopes rose high as the morn drew nigh,
          For the danger that was past.

10)    Alas our hopes were soon dispelled 
          As we soon found to our cost,
          For the Boers again tried to retake,
          The position they had lost.

11)    As through the clouds the sun appears,
          Driving the mist away,
          All hearts beat fast, for low at last,
          We hold the Boers at bay.

12)    The Lancashire’s and Engineers,
          And T.M.J’s as well,
          Line the trenches all around,
          Their lives to dearly sell.

13)    The battle raged both fierce and fast,
          Throughout the livelong day;
          And ere the sun set in the west,
          Many a soul had passed away.

14)    Their’s many a mother in dear old England,
          Who will often shed a tear.
          When she thinks of her boy – her hope and joy,
          But from whom she no more will hear.

15)    Far, far away, over the hill,
          In Natal a resting place they’ve got,
          And these they lie, side by side,
         On the heights of Spion Kop.

Composed by M. Walsh, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers 
Presume written by a Haslingden soldier in the Boer War 

Another beautiful poem written by a Haslingden soldier serving in South Africa in the late 1890s. The original is done in pencil on writing paper and penned in script.  We are indebted to Jane Siddall for kindly sharing these rare “soldiers poems”.


Spartan Mother

“One more embrace; then o’er the main
And nobly play the soldiers part,”
Thus speaks, amid the martial strain,
The Spartan mother’s aching heart,
She hides her woe,
She bids him go,
And tread the path his father’s trod,
“Who fights for England, fights for God”.
Helpless to help, she waits, she weeps,
And listens for the far-off fray,
He scours the gorge, he scales the steeps,
Scatters the foe-away; away!
Feigned, as their flight,
Smite! Again smite!
How fleet their steeds! Now nimbly shod,
She kneels, she prays; “Protect him God”,
The sisters sigh, the maiden’s tear,
The wife’s the widow’s stifled wail,
These nerve the hand, these brace the spear,
And speed them over veld and vale.
What is to him,
Or life or limb,
Who sends the chain, and breaks the rod,
Who falls for freedom, falls for God.
And should it be his happy fate,
Hale to return to home and rest,
She will be standing at the gate,
To fold him to her trembling breast,
Or should he fall,
By ridge or wall,
And lie neath some green southern sod.
“Who dies for country, sleeps with God.

No 3714 Private John Thomas Lambert, E Company,
2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers,
Convalescent Camp, Mosi River, South Africa.

(Undated but from the 1890s)

No 3714 Private John Thomas Lambert, E Company,
2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers,
Convalescent Camp, Mosi River, South Africa.

"A Poem written by a HASLINGDEN soldier called Jonathan Lambert on February 5th 1894, who was in the Lancashire Fusiliers and fighting the wars in South Africa. (kindly contributed to the blog by Jane Siddall . The original is on paper and penned out in beautiful script (a sample shown below)
1) The cottage was a thatch'd one,
the outside old and mean,

yet everything within that cottage,

was wondrous neat and clean
2) The night was dark and stormy,
the wind was howling wild,
A patient mother knelt beside,
the death bed of her child
3) A little worn out creature,
His once bright eyes grown dim,
It was a colliers only child,
they called him little Jim
4) And oh to see the briny tears,
fast hurrying down her cheek,
As she offer'ed up a prayer in thought,
she was afraid to speak
5) Least she might waken one she loved,
far better than her life,
for there was all a mothers love,
In that poor colliers wife
6) With hands uplifted see she knelt,
beside the sufferers bed,
And prays that he will spare her boy,
And take herself instead
7) She gets her answer from the child,
Soft fell these words from him,
Mother the angels do so smile,
And beckon little Jim.
8) I have no pain dear Mother now,
But oh I am so dry,
Just moisten poor Jim's lips again,
And Mother don't you cry
9) With gentle trembling haste she held,
the tea cup to his lips,
he smil'd to thank her as he took,
three little tiny sips.
10) Tell father when he comes from work,
I said good-night to him,
and mother now I'll go to sleep,
Alas poor little Jim.
11) She saw that he was dying,
the child she loved so dear,
had uttered that last words that she,
might ever hope to hear.
12) The cottage door was opened,
the colliers step was heard,
the Mother and the father met
yet neither spoke a word.
13) He knew that all was over,
He knew his child was dead
He took the candle in his hand,
And walked towards the bed.
14) His quivering lips gave token,
Of grief he'd fain conceal,
And to see his wife has joined him,
the stricken couple kneel
15) With hearts bowed down with sadness,
they humbly ask of him,
In heaven once more to meet again,
their own poor little Jim
At the end of the poem is a little note:

Dear Hannah I got little Jim,

because you ask me for it

write back and let me know,

how you are getting at home

A newspaper cutting from the Rossendale Free Press of 16th August 1991
(Kindly shared to us by: Peter Fisher)

(Click over photo to enlarge)

Haslingden Secondary Modern Spring 1973
Football Team photo for the Rossendale Schools final v Fearns and played at Alder Grange.
(Opposite the new Hub in Rawtenstall - Fearns won 4-0
Team members:
Back Row left to right:
Phillip Greenwood, Philip Lynsky, Allan Schofield, Stuart Morrison, Stuart Riley, Steve Parry and Glynn Kendall.
Front Row left to right:
Paul Scholes, Steven Nicholls, Peter Jackson, Andrew Coad, Chris Royle and Paul Burrell

(Photo: Kindly shared to us by Philip Lynsky 5th Nov 2018)
also archived under HASLINGDEN SPORT - FOOTBALL and also Haslingden Secondary Modern School. 

Did you know that Haworth's Ice Cream used to be in Haslingden! Just look at this fabulous photo
with the horses and carts
If you can provide further information it would be great.
Photo: thanks to Peter Fisher, Julia Wood (nee Haworth)

Yes it was Haslingden originally started in the basement of a house on Manchester road I think as a sideline with a recipe given by a relative , they were farmers from trough of Bowland area !


      If my memory serves me correctly Haworth’s Ice Cream was situated in a house in the first long row on the left hand side of Manchester Road after Fields Road (Road End).Haslingden
     I lived at 13 Holly Avenue (off Fields Road),which backs on to Manchester Road, until July 1936 and I remember as a child watching the pony traps leaving the rear of the premises.   
    Kind regards,
   Clifford Hargreaves.


A.F.S. c1941
Photo: Courtesy of the Belshaw Family
Back Row. J Chaplow, P Lynsky, F Wardle, H Bradshaw, A Whittaker,T Whittaker, J McIntyre.
Middle Row. J Ford, S Mason,A Hoyle, J W Bispham H Haworth, T Holt, H Greenwood, H Saul, H Ireson.
Front Row. V Taylor, M Walsh,J Parker, N Taylor, C Maden, J Marshall, T Birtwell, F Eastwood.Seated G Johnson, Bill Holden, A Hanson.
Will shortly be included in the Fire Blog

The above photo is of the C.H. Law and His Orchestra - (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Courtesy of the Belshaw Family
Back Row. R Haworth. C.H.Law, J Hurst.
Middle Row. J W Ashworth, O Pilkington, J Willan. T Fitton. H Tasker. N Riley. J Hough.
Seated. J W Hoyle. D Haworth. V Shields. J Scott. E Anderton. J Haworth. J Bridge.
Will shortly be included in the Music from Hazeldene Blog


I also found a book which may be of interest to local historians. It’s a first edition (as far as I can make out) of Michael Davitt’s “The Boer Fight for Freedom”. It was printed in the USA in 1902, I would imagine because it would not be very popular in the UK! There is a dedication inside signed by Michael Davitt. The book could be in better condition externally but there are amazing illustrations of key players in the conflict. I plan to read it before doing anything with it. 
Mike Ryan


I took the above photos of Calf Hey Reservoir on 16th August 2003
look at the salt deposits

Kindly sent in by Peter Barnes

Above are some photographs of Dusty Miller, as promised. I presume they are WW1 and just after. Dusty is recognisable in all photographs. A very distinguished looking character. 
A few more photos to follow of a more domestic nature. 
Mike Ryan

Hi Bryan
Can I ask a big favour?  In among all the family photographs I have been sorting in the last few weeks I found one of my cousins Carmel and Thomas. I have not had any connection with them since their parents divorced, many years ago, so they don’t really know me and may not be interested in making contact. I know my mum regularly visited their mum, so perhaps they would. One of the reasons for contacting them is that I have several photographs of their dad, which they have probably never seen. I would happily scan them and send them to them if they wanted. It would be better if they contacted me, rather than anyone who knows them, as it is their private decision, but it would be helpful if anyone who knows them lets them know about this request. 
Mike Ryan

A couple of wedding photos for Dusty Miller and my Great Aunt Mary (always known as Aunty Mary). In her later years Aunty Mary live on Pleasant Street with Grandma and Grandad Feeney.
Mike Ryan.

Last batch of photos with Dusty Miller. I have vague memories about being told of a farm, but not really sure where. It could have been where the reservoirs are now over Grane.

The photo of Dusty Miller with the horse and cart is a bit different from his smart dress in uniform but he still projects a massive personality.

The family group is Grandma and Grandad Feeney on the left, dad sitting on the floor, his sister Mary (always known as Winny for some reason beyond my understanding) next to him, mum on Great Grandma’s knee, then Dusty and Aunty Mary. Dad was born in 1914 and mum in 1923, so that puts the photo mid to late 20’s. Any inside knowledge on likely locations would be very welcome. 
Mike Ryan.

Hi Bryan 
In among old photographs that I found at my sister’s house were the attached scans. I presume they are of E Lancs Regiment. My Grandad Feeney served in the E Lancs, as did my mum’s Uncle Charles (Dusty) Miller who became CSM. I have photographs of Dusty and Aunty Mary which I will scan when I find time. One of the photographs looks as if it may be a pre-Memorial Gardens service of commemoration. 
Mike Ryan

Top Photo of the 3 showing large wreath in a holy cross:
Probably 1/5 East Lancs Old Comrades

Included: Captain Baxter, C Gowers, N. Streets, C. Bunt, E. Yates, Ty Watson, Rev Chark, Mr. Graham, Nicholas Tomlinson, Dick Tomlinson, Bill Taylor, Ted Hamer, William Hamer, Jim Eastwood.

Centre Row – Far Right – Nicholas Street

Kindly shared to us by Raymond Whittaker
Refers to George Thomas Haworth and the Primitive Methodist Church, Irwell Vale

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.6 (Year 2018) which can be accessed by clicking here

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

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PHOTO ALBUM No.1 (year 2013 and earlier) which you can access by clicking here (in preparation) 

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Haslingden Army Cadets from 1964
Raymond Peel, Peter Collinge, Graham Peel
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Raymond Peel

Above 3 photos are Haslingden Army Cadets -3rd February 1977

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Haslingden High School - Broadway

Click over to enlarge
Cutting kindly shared by Jackie Ramsbottom

Grammar School Head is new all in school principal.
please click over cutting to enlarge
Cutting: thanks to Chris Kirby

Haslingden High School's under 14 team.
Unbeaten in 16 matches 1976/77
Back Row left to right: John Wylie, John Sudworth, Geoffrey Clegg,
 Simon Butterworth, David Pickles, John Herd, John Riley and Gary Heywood.
Front: Andrew Siddle, Andrew Sidley, Gary Wood,
 Ian Fox, Neil Maudsley, Duncan Wade and Andrew Horrocks.

May 1981 and this group of Haslingden High students are seen on the last day of school before going out into the world of further education, apprenticeships of the battle for jobs.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Irwell Vale and Edenfield photos

Kindly shared to us by Raymond Whittaker
Refers to George Thomas Haworth and the Primitive Methodist Church, Irwell Vale

Irwell Vale Chapel (Click over to enlarge)
Photo kindly shared to us by Ray Whittaker
Photo taken in 1968 - 75th Anniversary of Chapel

The above 3 photos relate to "Inspecting the Cloth" at the Irwell Vale Mill (Click over to enlarge)
On the top photo: 5 women sat inspecting, the middle one is Annie Howarth  she was the organist at the church. There is a plaque in the church saying she was the organist for I think 60 years. I need to visit to check if my memory is correct. Born 9th Feb 1896 She would tell us of a ghost that would visit her and stand at the foot of her bed at 16 Bowker vale. 
(photo: kindly shared by Ray Whittaker)

Taken back in 1933 by the side of the Chapel (Click over to enlarge)
Centenary celebrations of the village of Irwell Vale. 
(Photo: Kindly shared to us by Ray Whittaker)

Above are 3 Great War Memorial photos (Click over to enlarge)
Photos: Kindly shared to us by Ray Whittaker

A older photo from the Edenfield National School (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Ray Whittaker

Another old photo from Edenfield National School
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Ray Whittaker

Edenfield School c1900 (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Thanks to Ray Whittaker for kindly sharing with us

Ray Whittaker's family lived at Bowker St in Irwell Vale (Click over to enlarge)
This was in the family collection but not sure whether it pertains to Irwell Vale or not
Photo: Thanks to Ray Whittaker for kindly sharing with us. 

Snow scene on the Irwell Vale Road (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Ray Whittaker

Irwell Vale Celebrations - Stood on the steps of the Church (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Ray Whittaker
Standing back row: Alberta Lonsdale; Edith White; George Haworth; Robert Shoreman. 
 Front row: Jim Spencer (seated), Mary Garside, Elsie Harris; Evelyn Davenport; Ben Riley (seated) and Dyson Buckley. 1919
Names thanks to John Simpson

Irwell Vale Primitive Methodist Sunday School float - August 1919 -  Shows CWS Shop at bottom of Milne Street (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Ray Whittaker

This is the Irwell Vale Primitive Methodist Sunday School float representing the Pilgrim Fathers, which took part in a pageant in Rawtenstall in August 1919. It was organised by the Rossendale Sunday School Union. Thirty-one tableaux depicted 'the great place of religion in the story of England.'

Irwell Vale - Best Kept Village Award 1992 - Rossendale Free Press
(Kindly shared to us by Jackie Ramsbottom)