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Mon 18 Jun 2021

Preston Road, Chorley.
24th Aug 2000

Preston Road, Chorley.
18th Jun 2021
Sun 27 Jun 2021
Chatterton Playing Field Peace Memorial. (near Ramsbottom).
This land was generously given to Ramsbottom Urban District Council for public use and enjoyment and in thanksgiving for peace following the Great War, by Lieutentant Colonel Austin T, Porritt of The Cliffe, Stubbins Vale in 1923.
It is the site of the Chatterton Mill where the riot took place in 1826.

This was the site of one of the 1826 power-loom Riots that took place in Lancashire, England, in protest against the economic hardship suffered by traditional handloom weavers caused by the widespread introduction of the much more efficient power loom.

Chatterton Playing Field Peace Memorial.
Chatterton had its own mill which was the scene of a clash between soldiers and handloom weavers during the powerloom riots of April 1826. Six people were shot dead at Chatterton, one a woman who was merely waiting for a coach to Manchester. A total of 69 people were arrested and tried. The death sentence was passed on 41 of them although sentences were commuted to imprisonment and transportation to Australia.
Tue 22 Jun 2021

Herbert T. Parke (1859 - 1917)

My swimming certificate.
Congratulations to Brinscall Baths, Lancashire, on your 110th birthday. Opened Thu 22nd June 1911. The day was also the coronation of George V and his wife Mary as king and queen of the United Kingdom.
I learned to swim at Brinscall Baths and a coach or chara (charabanc) would pick us up from Withnell Fold School every Friday morning, call at other schools in the area and take the children to the baths for swimming lessons.

Brinscall Baths.
It was all thanks to Herbert T. Parke (1859 - 1917) of Withnell Fold who paid for it all. Thanks to him we soon learned how to swim and drowning incidents were reduced. The Baths were opened in 1911 but Chorley didn’t get their public baths until the late 1930s and that has now gone. Brinscall is still going strong and schools around the area still send their pupils for swimming lessons.

These Baths were built by Herbert t. Parke and given to the Withnell Urban District Council June 22nd 1911.

It is interesting to note that on the same day Brinscall Baths were opened (Thu 22nd June 1911) they were celebrating the Coronation of George V in Lower Wheelton.
Mon 21 Jun 2021
I started today's Summer Solstice with an early morning bike ride to Denham Hill, Brindle where I was fortunate to see the sunrise on the longest day. At the Denham Hill O.S. Trig Post the sun rises from behind Pendle Hill 28km (17.3miles) away. In the photos Pendle is the furthest hill and in the foreground, with trees, is Billinge at 8.4km (5.2miles). It was 04:46am when the sun first appeared. Today is the 230th birthday of the Ordnance Survey. The 21st June 1791 is recognised as the official beginning of the O.S. when they bought their second (and improved) Ramsden theodolite.

Sunrise above Pendle Hill.

Sunrise above Pendle Hill.

This photo shows the sun sinking into the Irish Sea but there are some other features of interest. To the right is St Walburge’s Church, Preston. It is 6 miles distant and the spire is 309 feet (94 m) tall. It is one of the tallest structures in Lancashire. After Salisbury and Norwich Cathedrals it is the third tallest spire in the United Kingdom and the tallest on a parish church. On the middle horizon can be seen the tall radio masts at Inskip 13 miles away. The tallest masts are 180m (600ft) tall.

Summer Solstice sunset.
This evening I cycled back to Denham Hill, Brindle at 09:40pm to watch the Summer Solstice sunset. To the right are radio masts at Inskip 13 miles away. The tallest masts are 180m (600ft) tall. In the middle foreground are the former East Cliff County Offices, East Cliff, Preston. They were originally the railway owned Park Hotel built 1883.
Sun 20 Jun 2021
34 years ago on Sat 20th June 1987 Whittle-le-Woods, Lancashire commemorated the 100th anniversary of Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee (50 years on the throne - 1887). We repeated the Ox-roast celebrations that were held around Waterhouse Green in 1887.
Tue 15 Jun 2021
Had an interesting walk this morning with students from Manor Road School on a journey through time and the Industrial Revolution by the ruins of Lower Kem Mill Print Works, Clayton-le-Woods. The first mill was water powered and started production around 1784. Rapid expansion happened in the 1850s when the mill converted to steam power with a Lancashire Boiler & steam engine. There was more expansion in 1896 with more boilers and a new chimney. By 1914 there were 120 employees but in Nov that year it all came to an end when a huge fire destroyed most of the expensive machinery. It wasn't economical to repair and re-open. So ended 140 years of fabric bleaching, dyeing and printing. The remaining buildings were demolished in 1973.

Manor Road Primary School students at Low Kem Mill ruins.
Mon 14 Jun 2021

Second phot outing with Chorley Photographic Society. This time to Cuerden Valley and stepping stones by River Lostock.

River Lostock stepping stones.
Sun 13 Jun 2021
Good weather for our Whittle History walk, the second time for this route. Thanks to those who turned up to join me on a journey from 3rd Century Romans via long lost pubs, inquests, WW2 Anti-aircraft installation and rich Industrial Heritage. It's always a pleasure to share history with others.

The 9am morning group.

The 2pm afternoon group.
Fri 11 Jun 2021
100 years old today (Fri 11th June 2021).
Thanks to Stuart Clewlow for researching a Chorley Guardian article from 100 years ago.
Our Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods War memorial is 100 years old and was unveiled on Sat 11th June 1921. The old photo on the left is from a postcard and shows only one tree in the area. Now it's surrounded by trees, bushes and the memorial garden.
Thu 10 Jun 2021

Stubbins Vale Mill.

Base of the chimney.

Stubbins Vale Mill was built by the Porritt family in 1851. The mill manufactured woolen, linen and cotton cloth for machinery, The chimney was demolished in 1979. Then up to Tentering Tower. The Tentering or Drying House was used to stretch the cloth from the mill so that it would remain in shape while drying. It was held in frames using tentering hooks. It is near Ramsbottom.

Tentering Tower.

Tentering Tower

Tentering Tower
Mon 07 Jun 2021

Stubbins Vale Mill.

Base of the chimney.
Evening drive to the Pigeon Tower Car park at Rivington for first photo outing with Chorley Photographic Society.
Thu 03 Jun 2021

A narrow Glen above Loch Laggan, Scotland.
Wed 02 Jun 2021
68 years ago today on Tue 2nd June 1953 it was the coronation of Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, London. Along with many thousands of others we rented our first TV in 1953 just so we could watch the Coronation live. Our b&w TV was a 9in screen of 405 lines resolution. Of all the Coronation photos this is my favourite and was taken by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980).

by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980).
Tue 01 Jun 2021

Book of Remembrance Room.

Pleasington Crematorium.

Another nice warm sunny day.
Morning cycled to Pleasington Crematorium. It is 42 years since Dad died. The Book of Remembrance Room is still closed and locked due to pandemic restrictions. Last year was closed as well.

Plot 'H' Pleasington Chrematorium.
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