Photo: Kindly contributed by Alec Taylor and uploaded here on 8th April 2016,
Haslingden derives from Hazeldean or Valley of the Hazels. It lies 19 miles north of Manchester in the County of Lancashire. A area at one time noted in particular for its Stone, it also played a big part in the Woollen and then later Cotton Industries from the 18th and through the 19th and early to mid 20th Century... It is steeped in Local History and can also boast to have one of the most beautiful Natural Valleys around, where thousands come and visit annually
St. Stephens - Grane - A Brief History
(Reproduced from a document named "A Brief History"
The first church of St. Stephen's, Grane was completed in 1867. It's site at Crowtrees placed it in the centre of a then populous and thriving community.
In 1883 however, in the year the church was finally consecrated, the Bury and District Water Board began to purchase land and properties in order to extend the catchment area of their Grane reservoirs. Over the next twenty-five years many farmhouses, cottages and three cotton mills were demolished or left to decay into ruins.
Many of the populace moved out of the area. The church was left isolated as attendances declined and it eventually fell into disrepair. It was felt necessary by the parishioners to have a place of worship at a more convenient site nearer Haslingden. In 1910 a piece of land measuring 723 and 4/9ths square yards was purchased from Holden Wood Bleaching Company for £120 11s 8d (£120.58p). The Mission Room was then built at a total cost of £1,800 and opened in April 1911. The Mission Room immediately became the centre of church life. Services were held in the upper room whilst a lower room was used as a Sunday School, a Men's Institute and a social centre.
The first memorial to the sixteen men of the parish who died in the 1914-1918 war was a framed series of photographs centred by a photograph of the church. Underneath was written - "In memory of our lads who have fallen in the war 1914-1918". This was unveiled in the Men's Institute on Sunday 10th August, 1919 by the Mayor of Haslingden, Councillor Halstead. (N.B. There is now no trace of this memorial.)
In February, 1921 Major D. Halstead, acting on behalf of the directors of the Holden Wood Bleaching Company, gave a one acre site at Three Lane Ends, near the junction of Holcombe Road with Grane Road, to the parish for the purposes of building a church. (The site, known as "Bincroft", was used as a football field at the time).
They had two conditions to the gift. Firstly, the church was to be built within five years and secondly, a stained glass window in memory of the sixteen men of the parish who died in the 1914-1918 war had to be installed in the church.
In November 1923 a commisssion set up by the Bishop of Manchester recommended the removal of the church from the Crowtrees site and re-erecting it at Three Lane Ends. A tender of £6,150 to carry out the whole of the work was accepted from the Haslingden building contractors, Thomas Tattersall Ltd.
Demolition of the church began in May 1925 and was completed by September, when the corner stones were removed. Each stone of the church was marked with a course and stone number and transported to the new site. A similar method was used when dismantling the interior. Additional costs for a new top for the steeple, a new vestry, the memorial window, etc., brought the original total to over £8,000. The site of the old church was marked by a stone cross.
|St. Stephen's Grane (Click over photo to enlarge)|
Photo:kindly contributed by Marjorie Corbridge
|St. Stephens Church Mothers Union c1950s (Click over to enlarge)|
Thanks to Pauline Emmett Dagg for correction of title and also for adding some of the names as follows: Evelyn Emmett is mid row 3rd from the left. Doreen Hamilton is on the back row 2nd from the right. Edna Duckworth is on the back row 2nd from the left. Alice Jennings back row 5th from left. Alice Seymour back row 3rd from left. Mrs. Keir back row 6th from right. Mrs. Hamer front row 3rd from the left.
I can remember the gentleman sat down at the front who I seem to remember was the Curate Mr. Turner at St. James Church when Mr. Fred Bamber was the Vicar. Also thanks to Elizabeth Smethhurst who has also added the following names:
Back Row 1st right is my grandmother Elizabeth Holden, nee Taylor and third from right is her sister Emma Wiggins. They were members of St. Stephen's M.U. for many years.
|St. Stephens Grane with Rev. Fred Bamber and Mrs. Bamber (Click over to enlarge)|
Photo: Kindly contributed by Alec Taylor and uploaded here on 13th April 2016
Michael Hogan ex pat South of France - 26th Feb 2016
I really enjoy the Haslingden blogspot. It is certainly the most interesting town website that I have ever seen.
Kind regards, Mike Hogan
(26th March 2013) A email request for information on "The Boys Home" is made by Jane Thynne. To see email please click here.
(25th March 2013) Lynda Batty (ex pat from Olney in Buckinghamshire) has kindly sent in the 1956 or 1957, and the 1961 student photographs for the Haslingden County Primary School. Please Click here and then scroll down the blog to the desired date.
(25th March 2013) Peter Hoyle has kindly sent in the 1954 Student photograph from Haslingden St. James C of E School. Also some of the names have been listed but there are still some gaps. Please Click Here to go to blog then scroll down to 1954.
(20th March 2013) Even more names now added to the 1969 HGS photo by Ian Edmundson and Jackie Ramsbottom. PleaseClick Here to blog and scroll down to 1969
(19th March 2013) Alison May (nee Heywood) has kindly sent in a scan of the more recent HGS Cap Badge. Click Here to blogand scroll down a little.
(19th March 2013) Even more names added to 1969 HGS photo by Ian Edmundson. Click Here to go to blog and scroll down to 1969.
(18th March 2013) More names have been added to the 1969 HGS photo, kindly offered by Alison May (nee Heywood) and also more by Ian Edmundson. To check more complete listClick Here to go to blog and then scroll down to 1969.
(17th March 2013) HASLINGDEN OLD AND NEW BLOG would love to make a request to anyone attending the "Local History Day" at the Haslingden Cricket Club next Sunday, and maybe could help with old school photographs etc., that they may wish to bring them along to the event and I will take a copy of them whilst they are present, which would help enormously for future inclusion within the school blog photos. Also any other photos or information which they would like to include within the blog would be most welcome.
(16th March 2013) Two lovely old photographs, one of Deardengate and another of a very old student photo from the old Haslingden Wesleyan Methodist Day School. These were kindly sent in by Alison May (nee Heywood) ex pat from Nottingham. Alison has also sent in photos of memorabilia, eg: programmes for Trinity Baptist and adverts etc etc. these will soon be uploaded to the "Document" files. To check the photos please look across the page beneath the advert for the forthcoming Haslingden Local History Day.
(16th March 2013) Adrian Bury (ex pat currently residing in Hungary) has so kindly sent in a full school student photo for May 1969 for the Haslingden Grammar School. This widescreen photo has been broken up into four separate photos for ease of viewing. He has also offered quite a lot of names for teachers and students, but if you can add to these please let me know by emailing me at email@example.com To check out the photos Click Here, then scroll down to the 1969 date near the bottom of the blog.
(13th March 2013) Adrian Bury has so kindly sent in three student photos from Haslingden St. James for the years 1960,1962 and 1965 and a Haslingden Grammar School photo to follow. (Please click here and scroll down to the desired date) - some names of students have been added below the photos, but if you can fill in any of the missing gaps - please let us know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
(7th March 2013) Carol Scott has sent a email and notes about her brass modelled MKIII Tank, and she has noted that there are conflicking dates etc. Please check out her mail and photos by Clicking here and then scroll to the bottom of the blog.
(3rd March 2013) Clifford Hargreaves has kindly sent in two photos and a flyer, which show "The Old School Mews", which are the new buildings built on the original site of the old Technical School (later the Haslingden Grammar School). Check out the Haslingden Grammar School Blog and go to the end or click here and then scroll to the end of the blog.
(26th February 2013) Christine Bailye (daughter of Margaret Newey, nee Tattersall) has just sent a email enquiring on details of J.H. Birtwistle factory and the Tattersall family etc. Please check her letter under filed under the Emails and Snippetts.
Please check under emails and snippetts by clicking here - 2nd email down
(23rd February 2013) Chris Aspin has kindly informed me that there will be another Local History Day at Haslingden Cricket Club on Sunday March 24th (11am - 4pm). Groups from Helmshore, Rawtenstall, Ramsbottom, Holcombe and Whitworth will be putting on displays. Second-hand bookstall, food/drink, easy parking. Free Admission. Highlight of Helmshore Local History Society's display will be a map of 1575 with coloured pictures of St. James's Church and a cross. Never seen before.
(24th January 2013) Bryan Gudgeon has been kind enough to identify three of the missing names on the 1948-49 Haslingden St. James C of E School photo. There are still a couple missing, and Bryan thinks that they were possibly refugees .
(21st January 2013) Thanks to Arthur Keown (ex pat from Devon who has kindly sent in this fabulous Haslingden Grammar School photo from May 1947.
(8th January 2013) More WW1 Soldiers have been added to the War Blog today and still more to come. Jackie informs me she is getting great support on this, and still welcomes as much information as possible eg: text, newspaper cuttings, photos, details of memorials etc etc. Thanks to all who have kindly offered help.
(2nd January 2013) Happy New Year to everyone.Some great feedback now added by David Desforges (see below).
To check out his mail Click Here.
(11th December 2012) Dave Roughley has contacted me requesting information on Haslingden FC 1907-8 season, especially in regards to the ground where they played. To check out his request email please click here, and obviously any help for his project would be very welcome.
Just click here to check out site. When deleted from here "Just added" snippetts are filed below - Check out "Just added or about to" HISTORIES below
(30th November 2012) Just added a new blog for "Haslingden County Primary School Student Photos" also requesting help with the naming of the Teachers and Students c1952/1953 period. Check out by clicking here
(30th November 2012) Dave Rothwell has now added two more photos and further text showing 1) Rossendale Motor Club Outing (with a very young Dave)c1959 and also the Rossendale Enduro from c1960. His dad Leslie played a big part in both organizations. Click here and scroll down to the Rothwell's.
(30th November 2012) In response to Dave Rothwell's request for a photo of the original Cordingley's Car Showroom, Jackie Ramsbottom has kindly sent in a photo, also in response Clifford Hargreaves has kindly sent in a original advert for the Old firm. Please click here and scroll down to check them out.
(29th November 2012) Dave Rothwell has kindly sent in some photographs of the recent demolition of the Cordingley's old building which was the Bed Centre or later The Pine Centre for parts of the last twenty years. He is currently looking for a old photograph showing it when it was the original Cordingley's Car Showrooms, can anyone help? To check out the demolition photos please click here and scroll.
(29th November 2012) Dave Rothwell has kindly sent in a photo showing his dad serving in the shop together with a brilliant story of when his dad built a special "balsa aeroplane" to take part in a competition, but disaster struck, yet with a happy ending, so click here and scroll down to read on
(26th November 2012) Eddie Sheppard has just made a request for further history on Bentley House, Grane, and also information of its former residents and if possible more information on one of his wife's ancestors who was born there. To check out his mail please click here
(22nd November 2012) Can we help Lee along with his other students with his St. Peters Church Project creating information boards about the Church its history etc. Check out his email Please click here
(18th November 2012) A request for information and/or photos of our brave Haslingden and Helmshore Soldiers who lost their lives in either World War 1 or World War 11. This request is to help with a new blog being started to give a comprehensive and permanent record for future generations. The blog is being researched by Jackie Ramsbottom and compiled by Bryan Yorke. If you have any information will you kindly send it through to Jackie. You will find her email address within the "introduction request information blog here".
(14th November 2012) from Ann Whittaker J.P. has sent in some information on her grandad Mr. Gilmartin and the painters and decorators shop he had on Regent Street. She is requesting any further information and is also requesting for a more full on photo of the Regent Street Shops, if anyone can help. Please click here to check out her mail.
(14th November 2012) Ann Whittaker J.P. has kindly sent in some ancestral information of the Riley family, to hopefully help in the request made by Keith Riley on 9th Nov 2012.Please click here and scroll down to 8th November.
(9th November 2012) I have put a small blog on requesting any information on the "Bury Road School" of which there is a photo going back all the way to c1877. It was Keith Riley's search for his Assistant Headmaster relation which triggered me into looking at these old photos. Check out blog here.
(8th November 2012) Keith Riley from Ontario, Canada is researching is family connections and is requesting any help. Please check out his mail by clicking here. If you can help either contact him direct at the email supplied or alternatively contact me with any information. Thanks.
(7th November 2012) Received a mail from Mike Hogan in France in regards to Michael Grieco. To check out blog pleaseclick here and scroll down to (7th November 2012)
(6th November 2012) Started a new blog called "Manchester Road Shops". Now got the outline going, but lots more to come with this blog eg: text, photos, adverts etc. Thanks also to Clifford Hargreaves for sending in adverts relating to some of the shops. Click here to check out blog.(4th November 2012) Tomorrow is bonfire night and so I have done a little sketch and poem relating to our old bonfires which we used to have at Martin Croft (off Hud Hey) Them were the days!
(1st November 2012) Just done a little blog on "Haslingden's Original Chip Shops" Click Here to Check it out If you can add any information please feel free to let me know. Its great to include a newspaper clipping kindly given to me by Jackie Ramsbottom which shows Taylors Chip Shop and also Barnes's shop next door. Also now added a further four shops with information kindly given by Ray Ramsbottom, John Bedford and David Johnson. Constantly updating this blog eg: What is a mixture?
(31st October 2012) Martin Molloy has kindly sent in a email kindly offering information as to where Anne Grieco's parents chippy was at top of Prinny Hill near Bramwells Fish Shop. Click here to read mail. and scroll down a little.
(31st October 2012) Happy Halloween! and if tha fancies a smile or a laugh, just look at this owd chap doing his bit about Rag and Bone fellas. Well its nowt to do with Halloween, but plenty scary especially at the end, Click Here and watch if you dare! and should you require more check this out about the Shebbies (Starlings) by clicking here.
(29th October 2012) Anne Southon (nee Grieco) ex pat from Australia is requesting a photo of the chippy which her parents used to own which was on Blackburn Road. Please click here to see her mail.
(25th October 2012) Jeff Stevens sent this mail. In regards to the Haslingden Bomb Holes, which can be seen filed under Blitz and Bomb Damage. Please click here to see blog and scroll down.
(25th October 2012) John Sumner can now confirm that the photograph of the houses which used to be near sizehouse and by the side of the Haslingden Grane Mill are definately "Lonsdale Buildings". He only wishes he had a photograph of the rest of that row.
(25th October 2012) John McGuire has sent in this information request and would be grateful for any further information on Haslingden's first "slum clearance". Please Click here to check out his email.
(25th October 2012) Here is a fabulous piece about the "Tipper Toilet" or the Tippler Toilet. Thanks to Shiela Bell (Nee Waller). Added to the "Tiddles down Tippler Blog".
(16th October 2012) Joan Merrill (nee Mead) has sent a snippett - with thanks to Carol for photo and some good stuff about her childhood days and also the maypole in Carrs Click here and scroll down to 16th October (just below Carols photo).