Friday, 9 November 2012

Bury Road School at least 1877 to 1910

Can anyone help?  I am trying to establish just whereabouts on Bury Road this School actually was!  I am also trying to find out if the School was denominational and a predecessor to one of our religious schools or was it a Borough state elementary school, though it could not have been at least from the very start because the earlier photo shown is dated from 1877, and the Borough was not formed until 1891, or was it a private School.

The following photographs are showing classroom pupils with their class name boards at the front of each photograph.

Any help on this would be great and would go towards forming a future Blog in relation to this school's photo archive.

I do realise I am asking a lot, simply because of the age of the photographs and don't as such expect miracles, but you just don't know, there might be someone somewhere who has already done previous research or work on this particular School.

Thank you.
Bryan Yorke.

Bury Road School with R. Irwan Jenkyn - Headmaster. Thanks to further research by Jackie Ramsbottom, we can now establish that the Headmaster here was only living in Haslingden between the dates 1882 and 1888, so obviously confirming that this photograph must have been taken between this period. 

Bury Road School c1877

Bury Road School - Maybe Half Timers

Bury Road School Standard III c1910.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Manchester Road Shops and Businesses (North & South Sides) during the 1960's,70's and 80's, with some odd 40's and 50's as well.

Manchester Road Shops (North Side)

(Click over photos to enlarge) As you hit the crossroads in the centre of Haslingden and having left Blackburn Road you then enter Manchester Road.  The first shop on the left hand side I can remember was  “Greenwoods” Men’s Outfitters Shop on the left corner (this shop actually is probably within Deardengate if we want to be picky. And next door to this was Relay Vision (Television Rentals) (1974 ish) – they had previously if I remember correctly been on Blackburn Road, or maybe they left this shop and went to Blackburn Road, not clear about it.  Nowadays (2012) this shop is a “Licensed Betting Shop”.  This then brings you up to the “Ginnell”  If you just went through the ginnell, years ago in the 50’s there used to be a unofficial betting shop just there. I say "unofficial" because if I am not mistaken, betting shops were still illegal at that time. Certainly would not have been allowed on the main street as they are today. But I think at that period in time "betting shops" were in a transition to becoming a legal identity and as such I think they were tolerated in a sort of "low profile" measure.

It used to be Tattersall's builders yard, behind Manchester Road.
Staying with Manchester Road and just after the ginnell was “Openshaws” Greengrocer, Florist and Fishmonger, I can remember when there used to be queues outside “Ted’s” shop on Good Fridays waiting to collect fish. This shop, many years previously had been a sadlers by the name of Green.  Next shop on I think I can remember Ray Lyndon having a sort of "cut price" shop here which had a one syllable name like "Paraphernalia" or something like that but can't remember the actual name. You then came to (No.8) W.H. Good’s (Electricians) this shop was ran by Mr. Sumner.  Next door was (No.10) which originally was Brown's Bakers and Confectioners , this then went on to be Schofield's (Bakers and Confectioners), and then I think we came to what was McIntyre's (Paints and Decorators and Decorating Products), then next door was (No.14) Johnson's the dry cleaners, this earlier had been a gifts and fancy goods and book shop run by Lilian (known as Dot) Hargreaves (who was married to Clifford's dad's brother Samuel). Then next for now I have drawn a blank and at the end of the first row was Mr. and Mrs. Parkinson’s, a fabulous old fashioned grocers which was more like a “delicatessan” sort of shop, who stocked all the very best makes. This shop in the 70s was Margarets hairdressers and later became the Burnley Building Society, and later the Santander Building Society.  This then brought you up to the “open ginnell” which once was the entrance to Tattersall's Builders and Builders Yard  which lay behind the Manchester Road Shops and which is now the large Car Park next to the large flats complex. At Tattersall's you could purchase "Black Lime Plaster" which was used them days to backpoint your roof slates. Also the tradesmen who worked at Tattersall's used to have large wooden  "hand carts" to take to their jobs along with their ladders, tools and materials. (See photo above and click over photos to enlarge)

 Hallams - Bakers - Notice signs for Turog and Hovis
After the ginnell came Burgess’s Butchers shop ran by Mr. Burgess (Snr) and later by his son Duncan.  There could now have been another shop, but the next I clearly remember was Stevenson’s Plumbers which was situated right at the Bus Stop.  Next door to this shop was (No.26) C and B Coal Company, and then the very end shop was a Bakers and Confections called “Hallams”, they had large display signs advertising “Turog and Hovis Breads”(Check out the photo to the left). Here now was Dale Street.

Hansons Drapers later Halifax Building Society
Moving across Dale Street, you had Hansons on the corner who were a Drapers/ Haberdashery shop. This shop later became the Halifax Building Society, which had previously been located next door on the side of Dale Street and at that time part of the Cotton and Garnett Solicitors Offices. Next to Hanson’s was a favourite of mine and I am sure many The Savoy Coffee Bar. I remember the owner he was a large character and called Mr. Dodds, he had white hair and dark rimmed glasses and always wore his white "catering" jacket. The Savoy was later taken over by another well known local businessman Malcolm Burns who also ran it for many years. Then moving on next door was a Bakers and Confectioners by the name of George Tomlinson, then there was (No.36) which was Boyson's (Greengrocers) and ran by the Hugo family. And then there was another butchers shop (No.38) called Horrocks's, which later became Geoff Sackfields, then we have (No. 40) which had formerly been J.R. Greenwood's but better known as "Molly's" and they used to sell "fresh fish", and later became Mrs Bennetts and then the Shiela Thomas dress shop.  And at the very end (No.42) you had Bryan Varley’s Newsagents which later became Meads and then later Ann Belshaw’s Picture Framing Shop. Later Ann Belshaws extended their business and acquired next door No. 40 as well as their existing No. 42 This brought you then to the Junction with Beaconsfield Street.

Mr. Rothwells Shop at Corner with Park St
You then crossed over and came to Inerveron which was the home and surgery of Doctor Carter and his family, from here he ran his GP practice, and he was also on call as the local Police Doctor. I remember when at school and our class went down to visit Mrs. Carter who "fire glazed our pottery items which we had made.  I also remember their son Tim, who went on to be a farming manager in the Ribble Valley.  When Doctor Carter retired and left the property it was taken over and turned into a Nursing Home. Next to Doc's you had No.44 which was formerly Misses Hill's (Molly and Joans -  Later this shop was taken over by Jack and Irene Gillespie's, Bakers and Confectioners Shop. Next door (No.46) was Anderton's who supplied "chip" ranges. You then came to the gable end of the Liberal Club which had its main entrance on Park Street.  Crossing over at the junction of Park Street and you have what used to be Mr. Rothwell's Shop (see photo) which is a hairdressers these days. Just two doors down from Mr. Rothwells's was the dentist and if you look at the above photo you will see the dentist circular sign. Then just before you come to the junction with Greenfield Street there was another shop on the corner, in more recent times this had become a Asian Grocers shop but I think it may well have closed down yet again. As you crossover the Greenfield St Junction you come to a long row with gardened fronts, about the third or fourth down is the Dentist. Carrying on to the end of that Row you come to the junction of Princess Street which had the Hamer's Decorators Shop (No.96)  on the far corner immediately at the zebra now pelican crossing.

The Old Toll Bar which was on the corner with Bury Road
Further along you came to the junction of Rifle Street and at the far corner there was (No.110) which was Robinson's newsagent's shop , then further on was Hope St, a little further on and there was a Electricians called Dobsons and a little further was Ramsbottom's Bakers and Confectioners (almost opposite the Jesters) which was later to become Beryl's Bakery and much later was turned into a grocers shop, but that was short lived and the property has now been turned back to a private dwelling. then further along you came to a Butchers shop which was on the corner and the butcher who ran it was called Jim Woods, (a tall chap with glasses). Later the butchers was taken over by Jack and Annie. Almost immediately after the butchers shop you came to the Crown Pub which the landlord them days was "Charlie" whom had been the longest serving landlord in the town at that time.  After the pub I do believe many years earlier there had been another building called the "Toll Bar" (see photo), but this had been demolished, and in its place was built a small garden with seat. This brings you to the junction with Bury Road. Crossing over the junction you come across to the "Junction Chippy" (although perhaps this is on Bury Road), then you come to Laneside Filling Station then on past the Size House properties, built on what was originally Messrs. T.L. Ormerod and Company - the Size House Mill and Offices site , then further on you eventually reach the Rose and Crown Pub.  Further along in the long row (No.310) was J.F. Kirkman - Watch Repairer and Jeweller, they used to have a "big clock" in their window. . Much further on still and you would reach the Woolpack. Years ago when the licensing laws had restriction to open between 12noon and 3pm, the Woolpack was allowed to open all day long on Thursday only (Thursdays was cattle market day at the auctions).  The reason was that it held a special licence because of the passing drovers travelling onward to Bury, and also that in more modern times lots of visiting farmers and drovers would attend the nearby Auction Mart which used to be just across the road from the Woolpack.

Sign on Woolpack

Manchester Road (South Side)  

Starting from the traffic lights you have the old Commercial Hotel, a hotel were many years ago Sir Winston Churchill had stayed. Then next door to the Commercial was the old bus shelter which also to its rear accomodated the "public conveniences". I remember waiting for the Accrington bus from here, I think the journey was No.4, it was quite a large stone structure with heavy duty wooden forms to sit on.  Next door and the first private business along here was Whittles Wines and Spirits who were also wholesalers.  They had their name signwritten in "script" on the dark glass windows. This sort of banners were popular them days. I think it was next door, can't remember what it originally was but do remember it being Tommy Hollins Men's Clothes shop, Tommy had moved up from Helmshore where he had been very popular over the years with his shop down there. Nowadays this shop is a bespoke tailors shop. Next door was Mildred's Ladies dress shop which was owned by Clifford Shutt's wife. And next to that was Florrie Bennett's another ladies clothes shop and then we came to the shop at the end which was Coulson's TV and Electrical goods shop, which later became the Job Centre and much later became Plus 2 Hairdressers.

Wesleyan Schoolroom on corner with Warner St
In later years better known as "The Clinic"
Now reaching the junction of New Street the shop there was Clifford Shutt's Motorbike Shop at one time and also it was later to be Alan Mead's Sportswear Shop combined with his Newsagents.  It also at one time was the offices for  W.H. Shaw's - Coal Merchants office and you would regularly see both David and Bernard Pickup working there.  It was their third place, they used to be on Blackburn Road opposite Station Steps, then they moved to the site on Market Place where the Swan pub used to be before coming here. The Shop is nowadays part of the "Bargain Booze" empire.  Next door is the Newsagents, then you had Clifford Shutt's Cycle Shop.  I can still remember here at this shop you could put a 1d in a slot in the side of the panelling next to the door and this would then set off a model train running around a track within his window. Then you had Nuttalls chip shop, I think previous to it being a chip shop it may well have been Appleby's Crumpet Shop, but today it is still a chip shop/chinese takeaway.  Then next door was I think a Ironmongers shop which may have later become the late Bobby Barnes's Chemist Shop. And the final shop on the corner of the junction with Warner Street was the  National Coal Board Office, in more recent times it has been a double glazing windows firm. Although if you look on the photo above you will see at one time it must have been called "Continental ?. Just around the corner and into Warner Street you also had Mr. Wonderful's Grocers Shop and just further on was Parkinsons (Bookmakers) which later became Parkinson and Ashman and in more recent times has also been a high street bookies shop and more recently the shop has changed yet again.

Where Temperence Bar was and Mr Barnes's Plumbers
Crossing over the street at Warner Street you would have come to the Wesleyan School room (see photo above. A large stone building where I remember the School sending you about once a year to go and get checked out by the Nurse for head lice or Nits as we all called them. Nowadays a modern building has been built on the Site which is the Haslingden Health Centre. Moving on and you have a large stone built property which at one time was the Vicarage for the Manchester Road Methodist Church.  Next door is the Church itself, and further on is the Memorial Gardens. After going past the Memorial Gardens you have the Fire Station and the Police Station and at the back is the School.  When I went to this School I remember this whole area long before the Fire and Police Stations and it was just a sort of sand area and bore the name "Sandpits". The bus stop was just near to where the zebra/pelican crossing is. Further down and on the next row of houses there is a shop at the corner which was No.93 called Jesters and it is a Grocers/Off Licence Shop nowadays, This shop previously had also been a grocer's and two of the previous owners had been the Bountiff's and the Cockcroft's.  Your now at the junction with  East Bank Avenue.

Mr. Rothwells shop

 After crossing the junction the shops began with No.95 which was Maggie Booths a Greengrocers and later a hairdressers, then No.97 was Miss Nancy Dobsons Confectioners, later Albert Shaw (1947-1962), No.99 was Mrs. Cronshaw who ran a Baby Linen and Wool shop, and No.101 was George Barnes barbers,  there was a Bakers by the name of Shaws.  Further down the row was (No.113) which was Tattersalls Ice Cream shop or known as "The Temperence Bar, a cafe we used to go in after being at the local swimming baths and was always good for a hot cup of Bovril and a packet of crisps, over the years the cafe had been owned by the Tattersall's, Jackson's and Lewis's.  A little further on and there is now a wide gap where (No 125 or 127) used to be. Here there used to be a grocers shop owned by amongst others the Riley's and also Jack Rothwell.  Then further on and just before the end is (No.131) which was Mr. & Mrs. Moran's business (Mayor of Haslingden 1946/47) She ran a ladies hairdressers downstairs and he was a chiropodist who worked from upstairs. Carry on to the end of the row and there used to be (No.133) Mr. Barnes's Plumbers Shop which was at the corner with St. Peters Avenue.

The Old Post Office, Top of Whiteley Street.
Crossing over St. Peter's Avenue and the house on the corner  (No.135) was Haworth's which had it's little front room shop called "The Little Stocking Shop" selling ladies hosiery etc. Further on and you came to Hall Street and on the lower corner there used to be a "selling out shop" only licensed to sell alcoholic drinks to be consumed off the premises. Then just lower down was a repairs garage set back from the road.  Just a little further and you came to the foundry which was then S.S. Stotts .  Although closed down for some years, the foundry was re-opened by a new firm called Bender. Carrying on past the foundry and you eventually come to a shop on the corner of Park Avenue and opposite the Rose and Crown. This little shop had previously been a grocers, but nowadays it is a Computer repair shop. Then a little further down was Bright's Garage , I can remember Gordon at school, he was always good at football. Then almost next door and at the top of Whiteley Street was the then Post Office. (see photo). Carrying on further down the road there was a small bakers towards the end of the row, and right at the very end of the row was the then chippy which nowadays is Nino's Pizza Bar, this brings you to the junction of Fields Road.  On the opposite corner was the then Co-op which is now the Car and Garage shop. At the other end of the row is the bakers.  A little gap and you have the Road End Newsagents. Then there used to be a small "Public Convenience" and then you would be at the top of Sykeside Road which led down to the Mill in the bottom (Now Tescos) At the top of here there was a grocers shop owned by Mr and Mrs Molloy. Moving further down and crossing over Broadway, you had the Haslingden Auction Mart which held main cattle auctions on a Thursday. Within the auction they had a very popular cafe on Thursdays where people from all over the town would ascend for their reasonably priced good home cooking grub. At one time just in front of the auctions Malcolm Burns had a Coffee Bar/Cafe.

Advert for Bright's Garage

(My thanks to Jackie Ramsbottom, for kindly helping with the supply of the "Manchester Road Wesleyan School photo above" and for the Brights advert above, and also for rallying the troops on Facebook for additional information kindly supplied by: Steve Rothwell, Janette Jones, Peter Taylor, Robert Wade (Wadey), Pauline Dagg and Judith Sewell. Tim Kirby, Roger Roundell, Dave Bates, Ian Belshaw, Sharon Burnett. Brian Metcalfe, Joan Lords  And also a big thanks to Clifford Hargreaves for kindly sending in the "Advertisements" filed above, and also for lots of other very helpful information on several of the shops and businesses including some fabulous information from the 40s and 50s. 

Another nice photo of Manchester Road and corner of Dale Street (Click over to enlarge)
Photo: Kindly shared by Tim Kirby

Haslingden Commercial showing FW Sutcliffe - shoes
Photo: Thanks to Roger Roundell

Photo: Thanks to Wadey

Photo: Thanks to Wadey

Photo: Thanks to Chris Kirby

Photo: Thanks to Chris Kirby

Photo: thanks to Wadey

Photo: thanks to Wadey

Photo: was Anne Belshaws Gallery now Singletons - photo thanks to Wadey

Photo: was Anne Belshaws Gallery now Charles Macey - photo thanks to Wadey

Photo: thanks to Jackie

Photo: thanks to Brian Smith

Shows Hansons, Savoy, Tomlinsons
Photo: thanks to Jackie

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Bonfire Night at Martin Croft in the 1950's

(Click over sketch if you wish to enlarge)

Bonfires, Guy Fawkes, Toffee and Tatties 

It was down to us to get the wood, and build, and build the stack,
We’d try and try to reach the sky, but could only ever go so high.
We’d mek a truck and a guy fawkes too, and go round every house,
Have you got a “penny” for the guy we’d showt with giggles all abowt!
After getting all the pennies from kind folk, to tuck shop we’d all go,
But later on we’d sit the guy in chair, and place him reet on top of stack,
And later on that very neet, would bonfire leet, to watch him burn away.

Farmers wife Joyce from Martin Croft, had been busy all the week,
She’d collected some of “turnip crop” and carved out all the centres,
Mekking such funny faces, which lit up with candles inside,
And had put a string from side to side and these to be our lanterns.
Mrs. Carey had made some “bonfire toffee, specially for the neet,
A remember little hammer she had, to break it up to size it reet.
Thad never tasted toffee like this, it was so “blummin” good

As night went on, they’d bring their “tatties” to put within the fire,
Many were lost and couldn’t be found, but them that could were black.
They’d come owt black as “up luvvers”  with hard burnt crusted skins,
But “by gum” insides of them tatties tasted so good, but you had to wait,
Wait to let em cool down abit, then get stuck in with tha black fingers.
Orange juice was the drink given to help to wash it all down.    

We had the best of fireworks, though probably tame today,
With Rockets, Roman Candles, Pin wheels, Jumpjacks and Bangers.
But lots and lots of “sparklers” and coloured matches as well.
Thi were such happy times, them bonfires of the past,
But one fellow who didn’t enjoy em same,
That “guy” who’d sat upon that chair, upon that blazin fire.
All but a “ember” now…..

By Bryan Yorke – August 30th 2012

Bonfire related blog:  email kindly received from Alen Fielding on January 25th 2014, describing his early days when they raided bonfire wood for the Station Road gang: 

On a happier note, I well remember our efforts to gather firewood for "Guy Fawkes Night Bonfire", where various neighbourhoods always had their own local celebrations, and the 'gangs' of kids from each locality would plan and carry out raids on other firewood collections to augment their own. The Station rd. mob, that I was a member of were particularly successful in this nefarious activity, even playing "Hooky" if necessary on schooldays to facilitate the theft of wood stored in walled-off back-yards whilst parents were at work, and other kids in school. We stored our timber on-site on the grassy slope at the approach to the railway station, which had only one possible way in and out to guard, and we used to be on alert until 10.30 - 11.00 p.m. most nights once we had accumulated a decent stack. Hazel Greenwood's mob were the most fortunate, as they had a large old barn just off the far end of Commerce St., that was impregnable. I know, - we tried to figure a way to breach it!  I will call it a day for now, but if you would like to have more of my ramblings, maybe from my time at Aitken's mill at Irwell Vale and the restoration of the derelict building that became the Lumb Mill, let me know. 'Bye for now, Alen.


Bonfire Wood collecting near to SKINNERS ROW OR TANPITS OR VALE STREET (eg: On the back at midway between Cross Street North and Cross Street South.
Shows Sandra Trainor (Sandra Trainor Hayhurst) and Barbara Fielding.
Thanks to Peter Fisher for sharing with us

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Haslingden's Original Chip Shops which did sell a bag of Chips for a Tanner (or sixpence or equivalent to two and half new pence)

Well they did for a long while, until the time came when only new spuds could be got and thats the time they found it OK to charge more.  So just how many Original Chip Shops did there used to be in Haslingden during the 50s,60s and 70s?  These below are some that I can immediately remember:-

Taylor’s Chip Shop (1960s) 

on Bury Road, On the corner (between George Street to its left and Chapel Street to its right), next door to them was a baby clothes and ladies underwear shop called Barnes's.  I remember Mr and Mrs. Taylor who worked behind the range, and their son Paul was in my class at School and he had a sister called Carol. Also Ted O'Keefe and his wife ran this Chip Shop after the Taylors, Also it was run by Mr and Mrs.Harris prior to the Taylors. Also this shop had the very last "coal fired" chip range within the Haslingden Boundaries, if not in Rossendale. (THE BUILDINGS WERE LATER DEMOLISHED TO MAKE WAY FOR THE NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT) 

Stafford’s Chippy (1960s,70s)
(was prior: Mr and Mrs. Daniels)

 Next door to Harry Taylor's (Butchers) on Blackburn Road, between Cross Street North on the Accrington side and Vale Street on the Haslingden side. c1950s it was owned by Mrs and Mrs. Daniels, and their daughter served on. Then it was later owned by Jack and Mary Stafford whom ran it for many years, they used to make their own pies and by gum they were the best pies you've ever tasted. Then after the shop had been shut for a long while it later re-opened as a Chinese take-away, but this was short lived because, sadly the owner developed a illness and it was shut down again and never re-opened. The property is now converted to a private dwelling.

Rudges Chip Shop, Prinny Hill (Click over to enlarge)

Rudges Chip Shop, (1960’s) 
(was prior: Mr and Mrs. Grieco)

Danny Rudge and his wife also had a chippy on Blackburn Road, but in the area better known as “Prinny Hill” and it was a small cottage type building next door to Mrs. King’s bric a brac shop.  Regularly after the flicks we would call there and get chips which then cost a “tanner” a bag.  (THE BUILDINGS WERE DEMOLISHED AND TODAY HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH MODERN HOUSING). Before Danny Rudges the shop belonged to Mr and Mrs. Grieco

Danny Rudge moved his chippy later to further along towards Haslingden and on the next long row, it was just where the mini-roundabout is at the bottom of John Street. I can remember going to this building years earlier when it was a Sweet Shop at the front and a Coffee Bar at the back, I can’t be sure but think then it was called “Marion’s”, but I remember it being ran by sisters Kathleen and Joan. Today I think the same premises is now called “Zorba’s” and they provide Kebabs and Curries.

Mr. and Mrs. Hunt on Blackburn Road (1960's)

 ran their chippy also on Blackburn Road, on the long row which at one time had shops the full length and their shop was sandwiched between Mr. Heap the Clogger on one side and the Co-op Shops (Butchers and Grocers) on the Haslingden side. I remember they had a son called "Maurice", The property is still there but now converted to a private dwelling.

Manchester Road Chippy (Sidney Nuttalls),
(Later became Alan's Chinese Chippy)

 Next door to where Mr Shutt’s Cycle Shop once stood. Many years ago as you entered the  chip shop the chip range ran from your left hand side and back, where now for many years it has been a Chippy combined with Chinese take-away and the range was altered around so that it now faces you when you enter the shop.

(above) New Street Chip Shop.

Bury Road Chippy or The Junction Chippy
(photo: thanks to Chris Kirby)

The Junction Chippy - Bury Road
A newspaper "feature" article kindly shared to us by Chris Kirby

Beaconsfield Street Chippy, - Now Alan's who used to have the Chinese on M/cr Road.

Clarence Chippy, - Nowadays its a Chippy and Chinese Takeaway.

Rising Bridge Chippy and earlier the Hut just on the opposite site of the opening of the current chippy.

Broadway Crescent, Helmshore.

Lizzie Riggs Chip Shop at bottom of Taylor Street, Acre (now demolished) 

Poplar Street Chip Shop It was the top house on the left on the long row just before the garages.

Marsden Square Chip Shop next to the square Factory.  It had been a chip shop long ago, then closed down, but re-opened in approx 1956-1957, but only lasted for a short while before it closed down again.

Manchester Road Chippy  Top of Fields Road, in more recent times its been Nino's Pizzas.

The Big Lamp Chippy (Deardengate) A more recent Chippy from the 1990's onwards

The Big Lamp Chippy at the top of Deardengate (Click over to enlarge)

Birch Avenue Chip Shop - Next to Post Office around the millenium, only survived two or three months.

Deardengate Chippy - In Higher Deardengate next door to what was Duckworths Shop, Mr and Mrs. Pew had their chippy which we think nowadays (2016) is a opticians.

Charlie Haslams Chip Shop, Holcombe Road, Helmshore
in front of TMM were Dr. Leahy used to be. 

I am indebted to the following people for helping me with this blog with "newspaper cuttings", and information:  Jackie Ramsbottom, Chris Kirby, John Bedford, Martin Molloy. David Johnson, John R. Edwards.Pauline Emmett Dagg, Brian Webster, Graham Peel.

"Whats a Mixture ?" - Some people would go into the Chippy with their dish and ask for a mixture, and you might ask "What was or is a Mixture?" - well it's both a portion of both Chips and Peas in the same dish....

"Yesterdays Newspaper" - Was always used as the outer wrap when they wrapped up your fish and chips, or provided the outer wrapping of your "made up into a bag" of Chips.

"Chippie" No a "Chippie" is not always a Chip Shop, he's usually a " Woodworking Joiner"

"Haddock and Chips" Is what you got when you asked for fish and chips, well that's how it was when I was a youngster, but as time as gone on and Haddock became a more scarcer commodity (in England), the norm for "fish and chips" became Cod and Chips, and nowadays "Haddock" (unless in Scotland) has become a sort of "speciality".

"Scraps or Bits" of fried batter which had broke off from the fish when cooking.  Usually given out free of charge to children when requested.

"Beef Dripping or Lard" This is what chips used to be cooked in when I was a lad, and there are still (but very few) chippies up and down the Country who still do cook in dripping. But nowadays usually it is a vegetable oil that is used in the cooking.

A letter below from Harold Stott (Sam) dated 9th August 2016

We are into the the last month of winter here (Rosebud Victoria, Australia) and I am spending a happy time (with heater turned on) looking at the Haslingden blogspot.  My local chippy was the Flaxmoss chippy which was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Kay.  Mr. Kay worked full time in a cotton mill, I think they called it "drawer or puller through", threading the warp through the "reeds" ready to go onto the looms.
Anyway they worked hard at the chippy with lunch tea and supper and they had two children, forgot the name of their daughter, but I was good mates with Jim their son (Rip) and I used to help him "eye" the spuds so that we could get on with the serious business of going out to play in Victoria Park, or the Camms, or Swinnel Brook etc.  Jim later married Enid Mews (a right cracker of a lass), the last time I saw them was back in the 80s when they were licencees of the Robin Hood pub on Holcombe Road and later I heard Enid moved to the Bridge End in Helmshore.

My other chippy was the Manchester Road Chippy, and we went in there after band practice, and a few of us would give them a tune or two, it was never really appreciated.

We always ate "in" and our order was chips with soup on and stir the pot before you put the soup on (cheeky young buggers), no peas in our soup but they loved us really, Well I think they did.........
(Sam) Stott


If anyone can add to the list, or better still let me know of a "good Haslingden Chippy tale" or maybe even include a photo, that would be great.