Nelson, Manchester Road 1950

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Caption for Nelson, Manchester Road 1958: The story of how the town got its name is an unusual one. When the railway arrived, a station was built here at Marsden. There was another Marsden just a few miles up the line in Yorkshire, so a railway official gave the station the name of the inn that was next to the station. The inn was called the Lord Nelson, after the famous admiral. The station's name was was shortened to Nelson to make the sign smaller, and the name stuck; the whole area has been known as Nelson ever since. The first meeting of the Local Board was held here on 17 December 1864, and the town became a borough on 21 July 1890. There are two very large churches in Nelson, and we can see them both in our photograph. St Mary's, with its very tall spire and eleven bells, has two stained glass windows executed by Burne Jones.

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On the 24th March 1962 we had our wedding reception at The Lord Nelson Hotel. We invited 50 guests and were on a very tight budget but The Lord Nelson did us proud. Next year we will be celebrating our 50th Wedding Anniversary so it's natural that my memories turn back to where it all began. At the time I (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Nelson, Manchester Road 1958: The story of how the town got its name is an unusual one. When the railway arrived, a station was built here at Marsden. There was another Marsden just a few miles up the line in Yorkshire, so a railway official gave the station the name of the inn that was next to the station. The inn was called the Lord Nelson, after the famous admiral. The station's name was was shortened to Nelson to make the sign smaller, and the name stuck; the whole area has been known as Nelson ever since. The first meeting of the Local Board was held here on 17 December 1864, and the town became a borough on 21 July 1890. There are two very large churches in Nelson, and we can see them both in our photograph. St Mary's, with its very tall spire and eleven bells, has two stained glass windows executed by Burne Jones.

An extract from Heart of Lancashire Photographic Memories.

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