Blackburn, Corporation Park 1895

Blackburn, Corporation Park 1895

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Blackburn possessed six parks, but Corporation Park was the one laid out on clear Victorian lines. Sixty acres were transformed with terraced walks, as we see here. A magnificent palm house, lake and conservatory were also part of this lovely park. Over 60,000 people turned up to see it opened on 23 October 1857. The making of the park provided work for many of the unemployed cotton workers. Notice that every single person in our photograph, from the youngest to the oldest, is wearing a hat. Top hats, boaters, bowlers, billy cocks and bonnets - they are all here.

Memories of Blackburn

Sshooldays In Blackburn

I moved with my parents from Preston to Blackburn in 1946 We lived on Park Avenue off Shear Brow attended Four Lanes End CP School on Revidge Road where I was very happy My recollections of that school was a teacher called Mr Sharples who when he caught you whispering in class would throw the wooden board duster at you ...Read full memory

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Infirmary Memories

My first memory of the Infirmary is when I was four years old. I had my tonsils and adenoids removed because I was very, very deaf. After the operation I could hear but it would be many years before I learned that I only had hearing in one ear. When I was six I had another operation to remove a tumour from my neck. It ...Read full memory

A memory of Blackburn by Susan Walsh

Rain, Cold And Fun.

Memories of shopping with my parents, Jack and Ellen, when I was 9 years old is always a pleasant thought, although it was not all pleasant, when it was raining the water off the canvas covers would drip down your neck, and if it was windy it would blow the canvas up and you got more than you had bargained for (ah, the ...Read full memory

A memory of Blackburn by Patrick Rowan

World War Two

At some point during the Second World War I was sent to what was called a convalescent home in Blackburn. I was a bed wetter and was sent there by the people that took me in as an evacuee. They never told my mother that I was being moved, and the shock to her was awful. Fortunately she rescued me as soon as there was a lull ...Read full memory

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