Bacup, St James Street 1961

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Caption for Bacup, St James Street 1961: At this time, local industry was closing down; Bacup, which was off the beaten track, was looking for residents to commute to work in Burnley, Manchester or other towns. The town stands on the young River Irwell, in the Rossendale Valley - the name Bacup means 'in the valley by the bridge'. Bacup is the home of the famous Britannia Coconut Dancers. The whole area was also famous for the manufacture of slippers.

An extract from Heart of Lancashire Photographic Memories.

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I lived at 149 Plantation Street, born 1950, till Plant Back as it was known was demolished around 1963 approx. My Uncle Albert had a printing business there called Martin Holt Printers. Most of my memories I can recall was playing on the Bonks as we called it with the Mullins, Herberts, Keos and Westwells, we used to (...Read full memory)

I remember as a kid spending many hours in Bacup Baths. The little bath and the big bath. The coal covered colliers scrubbing each others backs in the showers. I remember swimming for bacup during the 50s. Swimmers names like Marshall, Woodcock, Gee, Thomas, Andrews. I would play TIG in the baths with other (...Read full memory)

I have just visited my great aunties house and was very interested to find a photo on the wall of this house with a note attached - it appears to have been the family home of my great Uncle Joe's parents. Would anyone know how I would find more information about it - like the years they lived there etc

i was born in 7 greens mill bacup in september 1950 my fathers name was stephen dunn all but 2 of the family of 10 were born in bacup i have been researching my grandfather s history his name was lawrence patrick dunn he died in 1917 in france i have also found out that he wrote to the bacup times on a regular basis my (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Bacup, St James Street 1961: At this time, local industry was closing down; Bacup, which was off the beaten track, was looking for residents to commute to work in Burnley, Manchester or other towns. The town stands on the young River Irwell, in the Rossendale Valley - the name Bacup means 'in the valley by the bridge'. Bacup is the home of the famous Britannia Coconut Dancers. The whole area was also famous for the manufacture of slippers.

An extract from Heart of Lancashire Photographic Memories.

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