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Caption for Accrington, Broadway Gardens c1955: The Broadway sunken gardens were constructed in 1952 after the area had been the subject of controvery for some years. Derelict land on both sides of Broadway was screened by wooden hoardings and there were many complaints about this barren and unsightly part of town. The plans were part of a post-war improvement scheme which originated in a town plan produced by Mattocks and Allen, two town planners with visionary ideas. It is sad that not many of their ideas for the rejuvenation of the town centre were ever put into place, mainly because the finance was not available. The River Hyndburn, which flowed through this area, was culverted by the Borough Engineer's Department. By 1958 plans were drawn up to allow the building of shops on the garden.

Memories of Accrington

My brother Anthony and I grew up in Barnes Street/Lee Street where my parents ran an off-licence from about 1953 - 1962. We both went to Miss Caulfield's Preparatory school and my brother went on to Blackburn Grammar School. We used to play in the streets and up at the coppice and the nearby park. I (...Read full memory)

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 (...Read full memory)

This is Sacred Heart RC Church, in Accrington.  It has now been demolished.  I have many great memories and some not so great from this sacred place.  I felt like I had to share this info, with you when I saw this picture.  When the church was being knocked down there was a last service mass held and it was a ticket (...Read full memory)

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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