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Blackburn, Lancashire
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Blackburn and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

How Backburn Changed My Life

I came up from London in 1959 to work as a pianist in the Jeff Oaks Band who was the the resident band at the Mecca Locarno, who after a while was moving on to another place. I was offered a job then in the trio for in those days, they had a revolving stage and after a short time formed my own trio to which I ...Read full memory

A memory of Blackburn by Ralph Burton

Nurse Training

I started my SRN training in 1973. In those days the Nurses' Home still exsisted but the view was obscured by the more recent additional buildings to the Infirmary, which included the Education Centre. However the Home was still well used. Some nurses still 'lived in' in this building but we all used the building too. We ...Read full memory

A memory of Blackburn by Susan Walsh

Old Blackburn Lass

I was born in 1933 and brought up in Proctor Street, Grimshaw Park. I attended Christ Church School and then Audley Modern Secondary school from 1944 - 48. I left school and worked at Ewood Mill until going nursing in 1950 to The Royal Infirmary. Sad to see that my old mill and the hospital are now gone, as is my ...Read full memory