Blackburn, Sudell Cross 1895

Blackburn, Sudell Cross 1895

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The shops behind the big lamp in the centre of the road are interesting. Next to the draper's shop on the left is Walmsley's Stationers and Bookshop. The large window proudly proclaims that they have a Bible and Prayer Book Department. The horse-drawn tram heads off towards the Town Hall. The Sudell family can be traced back to the reign of Edward VI. They owned land in Blackburn and out at Oozebooth. The family built a large town house on King Street. They also built a large warehouse, and Sudell Court and Sudell's Yard appeared round it. Henry Sudell, the last of the family to live in Blackburn, enclosed Woodfold Park, and built the Hall there. He also bought the manorial rights at Mellor. For all his money (he was a millionaire by 1815), he was a very fair employer, and averted a troublesome strike in August 1818 by agreeing to a 5% rise in wages. In 1827 he lost thousands in overseas trade, and was forced into bankruptcy. He paid his creditors over 19/- in the pound, but they never forgave him; he moved to Bath to live in retirement.

Memories of Blackburn

Cherry Tree Village Life

I lived in Cecilia Road, Cherry Tree (1930-1945), going in the navy in 1941. Blackburn Grammar School 1935-1941. Happy memories of St. Francis Church and the Rev. Egerton Ward and family, they had a daughter called Angela.DOES. ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS FAMILY? My first school was Witton Stocks Primary, then the very tough St.Aidan's, Mill Hill. I am 88 and live in Lincolnshire.

A memory of Blackburn by James Cooper

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I remember playing football outside our house on Primrose Hill with a police man when we heard a loud rumbling noise. We noticed dust clouds rising behind the last two houses on the street, we ran to my house and went to the back yard door and we saw the last two houses had collapsed into the Leeds Liverpool canal. Shortly after ...Read full memory

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

School Speech Days

When I was a pupil at 'Blackburn High School for Girls' we used to go to Blackburn Cathedral for the morning sevice on Speech Day. In those days the Cathedral was dark and dismal with masses of dark wood and lots of box pews. I particularly remember walking over what I believed were graves - scary to an eleven year old! ...Read full memory

A memory of Blackburn by Susan Walsh

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