Sunday, 26 October 2008

Blue Commemorative Plaques... (9 one missing)

Here are Haslingden's Blue Commemorative Plaques (all 9 of them, there should be 10 but the one put on Robert Scott VC's House at No.14 Peel Street, has gone missing. The ones here are: 1) On Sykeside House commemorating that Alan Rawsthorne lived here. 2) On Wavell Mill, Holcombe Road - The Power Loom Riots. 3) Old Wesleyan School (Haslingden Medical Centre Site) - Measure Intelligence by a written test - the first.... 4) Haslingden Library - Michael Davitt - Irish Patriot.. 5) Haslingden Memorial Gardens - War Dead Memorial unveiled by Lord Derby. 6) New Inn (Now Mary Hindle Resource Centre - Power Loom Riots participants tried at this Magistrates Court, some being sent out to Australia. 7) Coal Hey - Handloom Workshop for the Watts Family whom made Checks and Ginghams... and 8) Haslingden Commercial Hotel - Sir Winston Churchill Stayed at the Hotel... (9) Radcliffe Fold School and one of its pupils a William Cockerill - and (10) is the one which was on Robert Scott VC's old house in Peel Street, which sadly has gone missing. (Click over photo to enlarge)

(added 8th April 2013) Guess what? Just had some great news, kindly sent in by Hylton Craig who informs me that a new "Robert Scott VC" Blue Commemorative Plaque has been fixed on No. 14 Peel Street, Haslingden.  See Below for photo:

New badge erected for Robert Scott VC
(Photo: Courtesy of  Hylton Craig)

(Jackie Ramsbottom 4th Dec 2017 added)

Although the "Blue Commemorative Plaque" which is in situ at 14 Peel Street states that 
ROBERT SCOTT V.C. was born here, THAT IS NOT THE CASE"  Please read on:

Robert was actually born nearby in Charles Lane (number unknown) as shown on his birth certificate printed here.

This is a copy of the actual birth certificate for Robert Scott
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I queried it long ago and have always felt worried that the information offered on this blue commemorative plaque in regard to "Born Here" could not be right! because at the back of my mind I was of the understanding that the actual houses on Peel Street had not been built at the time of Robert's birth.  His father was living there in 1901 and he (Robert Scott) was probably there when he signed up to go into war, but in previous census returns he was living at 24 Sunnybank Street in 1891, Cobb Castle also in 1881 and his parents were at Holme Wood Cottage in 1871.

With regards to Peel Street it is thought that the odd numbers were built by 1891 and the even numbers by 1901. The Scott family had left No.14 by 1911 and were back on Sunnybank Street. Here below is the census from 1911 which shows the family names of the persons actually living at 14 Peel Street.

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This is the 1911 Census Return for the family that lived at No.14 Peel Street at that time, so it's
clear the Scott family had left this address previous to 1911.

I have been able to confirm that Robert was baptised in 1876 whilst he was then living at Havelock Terrace just off Grane Road.  (Opposite to the small business park which was previously Snow King).

Robert's baptism certificate showing he lived at Havelock Terrace at that time (June 7th 1874)
I want to also thank Sharon Gallagher who is currently helping me with my ongoing quest to try and establish in more detail the 14 Peel Street saga.  It is clear the Robert will have spent some of his early life at No.14 Peel Street but would be lovely to find out more. I will report back when we have got further information. Jackie