Friday, 26 February 2016

LOCAL REGIONAL NAMES - Where did that name come from?

This is a new blog to try and ascertain how did a local name actually get its name in the first place. Some names are of a more generic nature and obviously named after the local topographical areas together with other local factors taken into consideration e.g. Sunnyfield, Laneside etc etc.  Its not so much these names I want.  Its more of the "singled out" names we want to discover for instance: ACRE, CARRS, HUD HEY, HUD RAKE, SWINNEL, OGDEN, SHERFIN, STONEFOLD, RISING BRIDGE, CRIBDEN, HUTCH BANK,  etc etc etc.

It would be great if you can and will help with this blog and also perhaps make suggestions of any other places you think worthy of further investigation.

For now we will have this as a blog in its own right being optimistic that we will get enough support.

ACRE  A parcel of land on the Carter Place estate (Acre) belonged to Sir Andrew Chadwick and was called "ACRE MEADOW". 

The plot of land which Acre Mill (Hazel Mill) is built on was originally called "The Acre".  Whether this is the same piece of land and known as "Acre Meadow" mentioned above is unknown. The founding of the Mill was in 1861 and this is the year both the mill and the village dates from.  

CARRS  "A swampy marshland with low trees or bushes"

Carrs (As districts of the Borough) I have found crops up three times within the Borough confines.  Primarily it is the name of what was the beautiful little village which lie in the valley bottom to the West side of Haslingden, with the Hutch Bank Quarry to its South West. Today the area is a business park with the majority of the houses having been replaced by various industrial units.  A blog specifically relating to the long lost village of CARRS can be seen by clicking here.  also the Swinnel Brook Blog also takes in areas within the confines of Carrs.

Carrs Mill was also the name of a Woollen Mill within the Valley of Musbury (Helmshore) during the mid 1800s.

Carr Gate was also the name of a area close to what is now called Brook Street, off Hud Hey.

The name Carr was represented in old history by the Mills with the names, Carrs Mill (Musbury long gone), Carr Mill (approached from Hud Hey Road), Old Carr Mill, Carr Hall Mill (known as Lamberts down in the Carrs Village), also we had or have streets by the name of Carr Hall Street, Carr Mill Street, Back Carr Mill Street (now gone), 

CRIBDEN  "Hill of Stags"

Our prominent hill range we have to the North East Side of Haslingden.

Original names: Was originally called Cridden or Keirudon which in turn means "Hill Of Stags"

Rossendale was designated a forest in medieval times and it would therefore have been a hunting reserve. The forest was home to all sorts of animals, but would have predominent species of deer, notably The Red Deer.




Fortunately "Rake" could be self explanatory by the fact that "Hud Rake" slopes on a perfect rake from its very high point near Robbers Row and right down to joining Blackburn Road, this in itself could be classed as a perfect "Rake"




Thanks to Michael Hogan for suggesting this blog. Thanks to Annie Taylor for help on Acre.