Accrington, Blackburn Road c.1965

Accrington, Blackburn Road c.1965

Neg. A19022

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We are looking across the Market Place. The Market Hall is just visible on the left, and the area beside it still serves as the town's main bus terminal. Beside the imposing 19th-century bank building, which overlooks the corner of Blackburn Road, rises a naked steel tower, a herald of the monotonous shopping developments that have robbed character from Britain's towns.

Memories of Accrington

Central Prep School

I was a pupil at this school until about 1960 when I went to the technical school. I have fond memories of the headmistress and her blue-rinse hair do. Whilst I was there Miss Cauldfield left and a Miss Hackwood (hope this is correct) took over. To a child's eyes it all seemed to change.

School Days

The building behind the church is where I went to school from 1955 1961. It was called Central Preparatory School and the headmistress was Miss Caulfield.

Accrington As I Recall

We moved to Accrington fom Whalley 10th December 1941. I remember it because Syd Ashmeed and his band was broadcasting that day and Ronnie Brooks was the drummer and I wanted to listen to the broadcast but as we were moving I missed it. I started work at Howard & Bulloughs in April 1941 as an apprentice mechanic in ...Read full memory

Mrs Kilshaw

I remember the creaky stairs and stodgy atmosphere of Central Preparatory so well, even though it's now 44 years since I last heard the sterling tones of Mrs Kilshaw resounding through the classroom. Miss Backhouse was my personal favourite: a gentle, caring teacher who had the patience others seemed to lack. I still live ...Read full memory

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