Snowy Arran Nature Trail, Blackburn/Oswaldtwistle – Photos by Joe Morris

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New book to look at Darwen’s heritage

A new book Memories of Darwen with pictures of the town old and new will be launched this month. The 120-page publication includes 260 images from a century of history and 10,000 words explaining how the areas featured have changed. It is the work of the ‘Darwen Days’ community history project and digital photographic website…

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24 ‘historic and interesting’ buildings in Blackburn and Darwen locally listed

A LIST of 24 “historic and interesting” buildings in Blackburn and Darwen has been drawn up for special protection by the borough council. They include the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Clayton Street, Blackburn, the town’s Soho Foundry in Cicely Lane, Little Harwood War Memorial, Darwen Vale Schools and Astley Bank in Darwen. Lancashire Telegraph Report…

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Heritage in the Press – August 2015

Here are the local heritage stories of the past month… Burnley and Padiham area… Major conservation work underway at Gawthorpe Hall Lottery project costing £1.16m aims to restore Thompson Park buildings and structures Historic Burnley pub facelift under wraps Historic mill to be demolished in Burnley centre to make way for shops 200-year history of…

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Heritage in the Press – July 2015

Here are the local heritage stories of the past month… Rossendale area… Rossendale rebranded The Valley of Distinction to draw in more tourists Hundreds enjoy day of Lancashire heritage at the Whitaker Community gives mixed response to rebrand of the Valley Rooley Moor wind farm plans refused Hundreds respond to survey on Rawtenstall bus station…

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Heritage in the Press – June 2015

Here are the local heritage stories of the past month… Clitheroe area… Metal detector unearths treasure in Waddington £250,000 facelift will boost Clitheroe and its economy Clitheroe church will share funding boost Hidden gardens open to public Restored Georgian mansion gardens open to public Slaidburn Steam & Vintage Vehicle Display…

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HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – MAY 2015

Here are the local heritage stories of the past month. Hot off the press is the Heritage Trust’s restoration of Lomeshaye Bridge Mill, Whitefield, Nelson… Nelson & Colne area… Heritage Trust for NW brings new lease of life for Victorian mill Nelson Whitefield housing scheme up for ‘Oscar’ Victory for Colne ‘Rough’ homes campaigners The…

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HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – April 2015

Here are the heritage stories of the past month… Roger Frost has written an excellent four-part account of the de Lacys, the dynasty which ruled our area in medieval times, plus an interesting article on the grounds of Townley Hall… The first Lords of the Manor in Ightenhill Roger from Hell and his links to…

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Eclipse over Blackburn

The event of the week was the eclipse. Here is a set of eighteen photos viewed from Blackburn. The weather was cloudy with the eclipse just appearing now and then, when the cloud got a little thinner. It actually made the photos easier to take and more interesting. Click or tap on the montage to…

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Blackburn hosts the World’s Oldest Conductor

There wasn’t a lot of time after Friday’s Gardening Group to get back home, have tea and find our way to Blackburn for the evening Hallé concert. I like King George’s Hall. It’s is big classical edifice and a much friendlier place than the Hallé’s own Bridgewater Hall. For those into architecture, it was designed by…

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