History

Walk this way for annual festival

Witton Weavers

The Blackburn and Darwen Witton Weavers Way Walking Festival is taking place from June 16 to 27. There will be something for everyone with a variety of themed walks for all ages and abilities, from light strolls to countryside rambles. People can explore the famous Witton weavers way with Countryside Services or follow in the footsteps of Alfred Wainwright with …

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Cotton Town website is relaunched in new format

The new improved digital archive for the borough of Blackburn with Darwen has been launched today. The Cotton Town website was created after a successful bid by the Library and Information Service in 2001 to secure funding to enable the digitisation of local history resources to make them accessible 24/7 as an online resource. The website is a sustainable, accessible, digital …

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Peter Worden – Local businessman and historian dies

Blackburn Life was sad to hear the news that local businessman Peter Worden has passed away. Peter was well known in Blackburn as the owner of Worden’s Opticians of James Street in the town. He was also well known for his love of local history and particularly photography and cinematography. Gerald Jackson of BBC Radio Lancashire has paid tribute to …

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Heritage Open Days – More events in Blackburn this weekend

We have already reported on some of the events taking place over the coming weekend for Heritage Open Days in Blackburn and here are some of the other highlights. Blackburn Cathedral A morning interactive session for children led by the cathedral’s education officer. Activities will involve colouring and dressing up and will focus on the church’s year. An afternoon session …

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Heritage Open Days – Holy Trinity – Gothic Grandeur and Victorian Pride

Closed church opens its doors for one day only As part of Heritage Open Days this week, there is a great opportunity to visit Holy Trinity Church at Mount Pleasant, Larkhill, Blackburn. This rarely open historic church opens its doors this Saturday. Inside its special glory is the flat timber ceiling with a series of 80 painted heraldic panels, mostly …

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Heritage Open Days – Blackburn Masonic Hall

As part of Heritage Open Days, Blackburn Masonic Hall will be opening its doors to the public on 15 September between 10am & 4pm. The Masonic Halls on Richmond Terrace and are spread over 3 floors and visitors will be able to access all the floors and discover the history of the building and the development of Freemasonary. Refreshments will …

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Heritage Open Days – The Blackburn Giant Exhibition

As part of Heritage Open Days in Blackburn you can discover the story of the Blackburn Giant. A group of volunteers from Child Action Northwest staging an exhibition about the Blackburn Giant in Mercers Toy Shop this month have failed in attempts to secure the original long johns of Fred Kempster which made TV headlines last year when they sold …

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Heritage Open Days – Ainsworth’s Jewellers: History of the Oldest Retail Business in Blackburn

Heritage Open Days are coming to Blackburn and will see a whole range of heritage activities taking place from Thursday 12th September to Sunday 15th September. Just one of the many events sees local independent retailer, Ainsworth’s Jewellers make available an exhibition with photographs and memorabilia of Blackburn’s oldest retail business. It features the family firm which has been trading …

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Library will be covered in designer hoardings while restoration work continues

Some special hoardings will be going up around Blackburn Central Library this week as renovation work continues to transform the building back to its original architectural glory. The hoardings, which were designed with creative input from Wayne Hemingway, feature quotes from local people and a timeline of memories all designed to show how the library has helped residents over the years.They will …

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More Blackburn locations join in Heritage Weekend

History enthusiasts at a 120 year old charity have had a great response to an appeal for local venues to join them in getting involved in a national heritage festival this September. Ray Smith of Blackburn History  Society is also a volunteer at Child Action Northwest in Wilpshire where he assists Harriet Roberts with the archives of Blackburn Orphanage.  Together, …

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Celebration to Commemorate the Visit of King George V in 1913

Blackburn Museum are appealing for items for a special exhibition to commemorate the visit of King George V to Blackburn in July 1913. It is being organised alongside a special event at Roe Lee Park on July 9 marking the handing over of the park land to the people of Blackburn. The land was given to the borough by the owners …

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Help to discover the history of Whalley pub

A pub in Whalley is trying to discover more information about its past. The Dog Inn on King Street in Whalley is asking for anyone who knows anything about the pub’s history to get in touch. Margaret Twist, who runs the website for the pub says that the pub appears to have a mysterious past. Margaret said to Blackburn Life, ” I am hoping …

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The end of the line for pubs in East Lancashire – Our lost pubs

It would seem that the day of the local pub is long gone. Every day more and more public houses close, are converted to another use or have a “For Sale” pinned to the outside of the building. Some of the iconic venues in all the local towns on East Lancashire have disappeared or are up for sale. There have …

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Blackburn Orphanage bring back the past with Pound Day

[caption id=”attachment_238168″ align=”alignright” width=”150″ caption=””]” src=”http://www.blackburnlife.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/James-Dixon.jpg” alt=”” width=”150″ height=”178″ />[/caption] Over 125 years ago Blackburn Orphanage’s founder, James Dixon began working with vulnerable children and young people across the region, caring for those in need in what he established as Blackburn Orphanage at Wilpshire. The majority of those ‘orphans’ weren’t bereaved of parents, but brought from families experiencing a wide …

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Blackburn has a Cathedral, so is Blackburn therefore a City?

Blackburn Cathedral

People are often surprised to discover Blackburn has a cathedral and then go on to query if Blackburn is a city. Isn’t the definition of a city that it is somewhere with a cathedral? To find out the answers, you have to go way back to the 16th century. Then the Crown recognised a town as a city when it …

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Rossi’s Roast Potatoes on Blackburn Boulevard

Ivy Rossi Roast Potato Cart

A writer on the Blackburn Forum website remembers growing up in Blackburn in the 1940s and wondered if Rossi’s roast potato carts are still plying their trade on the Boulevard. He could distinctly remember the smoke from the tall funnels, the little fires under the oven and the delicious taste of the spuds smothered in salt or ketchup. Sadly these carts have …

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Blackburn’s Lost Railway Stations

Some time ago I came across an old picture of Blackburn Railway Station. What struck me was that it was not the one on the Boulevard. At first I thought I was mistaken but no I was correct. So where does this station fit into Blackburn’s railway history? A little research revealed that there were two railway companies that put …

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