Balderstone, Commons Lane c.1955

Neg. B852004

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Balderstone Grange and Balderstone CE Primary School stand on Commons Lane, which eventually joins Higher Commons Lane. In this still mainly rural area, names redolent of the country abound: Pewter House Fold, Smalley Fold, Hubbersty Fold (like 'booth', 'fold' means a cowhouse or animal pen). Amongst the farms are Sharples Farm and Holmes Farm. Mellor Brook is the nearest village of any size in this well-wooded area.

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As a young boy I used to stay at my aunt's house in Commons Lane. It may well be the house pictured? During summer school hols my brother Ken and I were often taken by our 'mam' on the Ribble bus to Mellor Brook, from where we had to walk to get to auntie's house, probably about 3 to 4 miles. The whole outing was someting of an adventure as often we were accompanied by mam's friend(s) and their offspring. In good weather we could run ahead and play in a small wood until the grown ups caught up. If we were only going for the day the time sped by and the reverse journey could be tiring, and we were glad to reach the Millstone pub to wait for the bus. Lemonade outside for us kids and stronger stuff, inside, for the ...Read full memory

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