Saturday, 29 August 2020

Photos, Postcards, Snippets and Occasional Notices etc



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Request from Andrew Jenkins 
of Swayfield Nr. Grantham

I came across your blog page whilst trying to identify the location of the attached old photo I have. 

The scene has a few clues to help identify it. The wooden shed is the premises of an umbrella maker and further along the road is Ashworth’s Drapers shop.

Looking in Kelly’s Directory for 1905 I found Bullock & Sons Umbrella Maker at 182 Blackburn Rd Haslingden and there was also an Ashworth’s Drapers shop in the town albeit on Church St. 

I would be grateful if you could let me know if you recognise the photo as being from Haslingden. 

Many thanks for your help

 Andrew Jenkins, Swayfield, Nr Grantham, Lincolnshire


I hope you are coping with the lockdown and keeping well.
Having to spend so much time indoors, I've been working on
another collection of unusual happenings experienced by local 

Would you mind putting an appeal for stories on your Haslingden
Old and New site?  Though I've published four collections, I
feel I have only scratched the surface. I'd love to hear from
anyone with a tale to tell.

Several people told me they found my booklets valuable because
they recorded incidents they themselves had experienced, but
were reluctant to share even with family and friends.

I can be reached at 21 Westbourne, Helmshore. Phone 01706 227129
or by e-mail: 

Thanks and best wishes,

Grane Reservoir by J. Scholes

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.8 (YEAR 2020) which can be accessed by clicking here
PHOTO ALBUM AND SNIPPETS NO.7 (YEAR 2019) which can be accessed by clicking here
  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

(Does not exist)
PHOTO ALBUM No.1 (year 2013 and earlier) which you can access by clicking here 

Dont Forget!  HASLINGDEN ON FILM is accessed from the title further down on the left hand column - please enjoy the films.

Index to Blogs


Cordingleys Showroom demolition (scroll down)

Football - Haslingden St. James c1971

Helmshore Methodist

Helmshore Methodist Football Club

Helmshore United Football Club (scroll down)

Haslingden Nicknames

Haslingden Printing Works Ltd

Haslingden Yearbook 1907

Haslingden Youth Club

Hillside Nursery

Holden Vale Flash and its importance to Wildlife

Hollands Pies - From humble beginnings

Horses - Haslingden Corporation and Bert Marsdens Smithy

Horse Racing - (Laund Hey)

Hurry Up Before They Fill Pond in

Irwell Vale and Edenfield photos

James Berry - The Hangman visits Haslingden

Jim Barlow and Rileys Ironmongery and cycles

Joe Belshaw video collection

John Dearden's Memories

John Dunleavy - Newsboy recollections

Kaziemierz Jagodinski (Kash) from Carrs - Obituary

Knock it Daaern!

Laund Hey and Cribden flatts

Local Interesting Names

Local/Regional Names

Luke Ralph Tinsmith

Manchester Road Shops (North Side)

Manchester Road Wesleyan Chapel (scroll)

Margerisons - Blackburn Road

Marsden Square

Mary Hindle Story

Reservoirs - Our Grane Reservoirs

Robert Scott VC

Schools - Festival Schools Concert 1959

Schools - Broadway County Primary School

Schools - Bury Road School Student photos

Schools - Haslingden Council School

Schools - Haslingden County Primary School

Schools - Haslingden Grammar School Blog

Schools - Haslingden Grammar - 1947 (scroll down)

Schools - Haslingden Grammar - 1952 (scroll down)

Schools - Haslingden Grammar - October 1957 photos

Schools - Haslingden Grammar - September 1959 photos

Schools - Haslingden Grammar  - Oct 1969 photos

Schools - Haslingden Grammar - Sept 1962 photos

Schools - Haslingden High School

Schools - Haslingden Secondary Modern School

Schools - Helmshore County Primary

Schools - St. James Church of England (Top Church)

Schools - St. Johns, Stonefold

Schools - St. Marys Catholic School

Selling News by John Dunleavy

Sheep Shearing high above Ullswater

Sixties - Ambulance Hall, Astoria, Bucaneers

Snow tales, Sledging and Sliding


Sport - Badminton

Sport - Bowling

Sport - Boxing, Wrestling, Marcial Arts etc

Sport - Cricket

Sport - Darts and Dominoes

Sport - Football

Sport - Medals at St. Mary's Football Club

Sport - Horse Racing

Sport - Pigeon Fanciers

Sport Snooker, Pool, Billiards

Sport - Swimming

Sport - Tor Mile Race

St. James (Top Church)

St. John's Ambulance

St. Peters - Laneside

St. Stephens - Grane

St. Thomas - Musbury

Story about the Ural Motorbike

Sunnybank Mill, Helmshore (Porritts)

Swinging Hangmen (Pop Group)

Swinnel Brooks (The Towns No.1 asset)

Tales and Snippets of Local Fayre

Television and the Great Magnifier

Tiddles is down Tippler

Tokens from the past

Top O'th Slate, Laund Hey and Cribden Historic and Nature Records

Top O'th Town (Old Haslingden)

Trinity Baptist photos (scroll down)

Vaccary Walling in Haslingden

Vale Street, Blackburn Road.

Vanguard - July 1963

Vanguard - July 1956

Vanguard - July 1958

Vanguard - July 1962

Vanguard - July 1964

Victoria Park photos

Videos on Haslingden by Joe Belshaw and Harry Pollard

Wade-Clegg family

War Heroes (Haslingden and Helmshore's War Heroes Blog)

Wasnt it a Special Treat (scroll down)

Water Fountains


Water Troughs and Wells (historic)

Well known persons and wonderful characters

Wesley Church Walking Day and Panto

What became of our WW1 Tank

Whatever became of our Big Lamp

Where did Haslingden Folk save their brass?

William Dewhurst - St. Johns Ambulance

Woodcroft Revisited

Yes the Unity was the United Servicemens Club

Zeppelin and Bombs in Haslingden 1916 and 194?



Alan Rawsthorne (Music composer)
Atarah Ben Tovim (Musician - ex resident)
Beryl Ingham (George Formbys wife and manager)
Choppy Warburton (Sportsman)
Dave Pearson (artist/painter)
Ian Austin  (Cricketer -Lancs and England)
James Maxwell (architect)
John Cockerill (British entrepreneur)
Michael Davitt (Irish patriot)
Mike Duxbury (Man Utd and England)
Rick Astley - Rock Star ex shore resident
Robert Scott VC (War Heroe) - Peel St
Sam Aston - actor Coronation St - ex High School
Sam Torrance (golfer) educated in Haslingden
Sir David Trippier (politician)
Sir Rhodes Boyson (politician)
Tyson Fury (World boxing champion)
William Roache - Actor Coronation St ex Sykeside


Cave Adullam Baptist Church - Historical Document 1860-1960 Centenary


Sunday, 23 August 2020

My Media Pages

with Michaela Strachan and Chris Packham
at BBC Autumnwatch 
Photo: Jamie Normanton (Cumbria Wildlife Trust)

If you want to check out my time on ITV Granada for the News item on Hutton Roof (August 2018) Please Click here

If you want to check out my time on BBC Autumnwatch Extra at Leighton Moss 2014 with Brett Westwood Please Click Here(Film is for approx 20 mins duration)

If you want to check out my time on BBC Autumnwatch Extra at Leighton Moss 2013 with Euan Mcilwraith Please Click Here (Film is for approx 20 mins duration)

Finding of rare Holly Fern for BBC North West with Beccy Meehan. Please Click Here (Film is for approx 1min 20 seconds duration)

A lovely film showing both of the rare Holly Ferns which was made and given to me as a gift by my good friend Brian Gomm of Kendal. Please click here to check it out. (Film is for approx 6 mins duration)

Monday, 8 June 2020

Nuttalls Tunnel - The Rising Bridge Shaft to Brynbella for Manchester Corporation Waterworks

We are grateful to the family of the late Edna Kirby (nee Constantine) for allowing us to use these photos

We are grateful to the family of the late Edna Kirby (nee Constantine) for allowing us to use these photos

We are grateful to the family of the late Edna Kirby (nee Constantine) for allowing us to use these photos

We are grateful to the family of the late Edna Kirby (nee Constantine) for allowing us to use these photos

We are grateful to the family of the late Edna Kirby (nee Constantine) for allowing us to use these photos


The tunnel approaches the river.  Eleven feet below the cover
in the foreground is the bottom of the Brynbella Drive.

Haslingden chaps worked on the Haweswater pipelines
(Great Harwood to Altham section)

It will have been about 1968 and I would have been 20 years old and enjoyed every day working on the 3rd pipeline (out of 4) which comes all the way from the Haweswater Aqueduct through to Newton (in Bowland) and then across via Great Harwood, Altham to Rising Bridge and across to Brynbella were it enters a very large tunnel which goes via Townsendfold and onward to Manchester.
It was great those days and you could get a start more or less immediate.  I was advised to go and see Mr Harry Taylor (Chris Howarth’s Grandad) who lived in a small cottage on Brook Street just off Hud Hey. He was the General Foreman on the pipeline and drove a large wheel based Land-Rover which had M.C.W.W. written on the side (Manchester Corporation Water Works) the right type of vehicle you needed for the terrain I was about to experience.  Told him I wanted a job, and a few details asked and then, when can you start lad? Whenever you say, OK the wages are about £18 a week and you start tomorrow.  Do you know Pete Tuck? yes I know Peter. Well catch our bus at top of Hud Hey at 7 o’clock in the morning along with Peter, and when you get on site go and see the foreman Eric, spindly guy with glasses and a flat cap. OK Mr Taylor, thank you, and that was that.
Remember getting on that bus and knew quite a few of the chaps on the bus, I’ll bet there were 20 or more from Haslingden.  Some were like me and just starting on that very day, Jack Bayes, John Breslin, John from Rising Bridge, big Tom Jones from Brig, Harry Warburton (a think Harry and Tom had been with the Waterworks for ages and had worked on the previous pipelines). We eventually pulled in down a country lane in Great Harwood and near to the local golf club and this is where we joined the pipeline whilst also putting in foundations to cross over the River etc.  I saw foreman Eric and my first job was laying the railway track. A steel track of about 2ft gauge, a couple of you would carry these tracks and then use fishplates with four bolts going through them to connect the track together, and you laid quite a fair bit of track over the day. It was anything but plain sailing, with humps and bumps to follow the contours of the dipping golf course and fields and you needed to shore up in places with timber to get it something like a reasonable level.
After a month or two on that job, I was offered the job to drive the small Rushden train and that was a great job, and you would transport either the large Steel pipes which were probably about 30ft long with a diameter of some 5ft on bogies to the place were the main pipe laying gang were working, or alternatively you would transport skips of concrete from accessible places to the main pipe laying gang.
To start these trains in a morning you had to use a starting handle and sometimes you could not get them out after starting so you quickly took your hand off (or you would have broken your wrist) and left it and ran away as fast as your legs would carry you to a safe distance whilst shouting to everyone nearby to watch out, soon the handle would come off and fly up into the air like a missile. At other times when it had been raining the train would go into a skid and you just had no control over them and again the plan was you shouted as loud as you could to anyone in the way whilst the train was gathering uncontrollable speed and jump off it and let it crash into another train or obstacle, that was all you could do.  This happened regular, sometimes it came off the tracks and you had to find the metal shoe which you placed at either side of the track and eased the train back on to the tracks.
Occasionally I was asked if I wanted to do overtime, yes please! This really brought your wages up and you then also got the pipe layers bonus and you could be going home with about £30+ which was really good money those days. The job I got was to be labourer to this chap who would come all the way from the North East to put a bitumen seal between the pipes after the welding had taken place from inside the pipe.  He would come along and only do one which would take a couple of hours and then said, that’s it you can go home now. 
The worst job I ever had was when the pipes were all joined together after welding and bitumen seals etc, you had to go inside the pipe with just a miners lamp and got down on your spread out knees whilst a small amount of water which had been put in the pipes which went between your legs and you had to clean the pipes in readiness for completion, it was so dark and you went along for what seemed ages before all of a sudden (maybe two hours later) you would see a chink of light In the distance, and that chink got bigger and bigger and eventually you had reached the next open manhole.  You got out and your eyes had to re-adjust to the brightness.  It was a little bit frightening that job, you always had in the back of your mind, what if someone really turned the tap on and 38,000 gallons per hour come through the pipe.
The were times when it was really boring and that was when you were rained off and cabined up all morning and eventually sent home at 2pm, you just drank coffee, played cards and tried to have the crack.
I’ll never forget on one occasion a few of us were approached by a local farmer near Altham, who did not have any water connection at his farmhouse and he said, Is there any chance of fixing me a pipe from your pipe so I can get water at my farmhouse and I will give you a few hundred pounds if this can be arranged.  Can you imagine that some of the guys literally thought this could have been achieved. You would need to use many reducing valves, but even then you would be struggling and probably if you had attempted it may well have flooded Accrington in the process…
Eventually we had landed with the pipes at the side of the Martholme Grange night club and that’s were me and M.C.W.W. parted company, but another interesting job along the way.


Photo example of one of the 4 pipes

Photo shows the size of the pipes, which if you can imagine there are four running side by side.

This photo was taken from somewhere up near Kirby Lonsdale, but gives you an idea.
(Photo: United Utilities)

Slag heaps on Northfield Road, Rising Bridge

For years I wondered what those large piles of muck were which lie to the Accrington side of the childrens play area on Northfield Road!

I later found out - and it was all the soil and rock etc which they had removed whilst they were building the Nuttalls tunnel.