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Caption for Whalley, Accrington Road 1901: The T-junction and the church are just ahead. Whalley had an abbey once, and that fact distracts from the importance of the church here. The church of St Mary and All Saints has ancient crosses in the churchyard and a thousand years of history. In the grounds it has a sundial from the 1700s. The biggest problem for visitors to Whalley today is where to park. The abbey and its grounds have passed through many hands since being seized by Henry VIII, but it is now back in the hands of the church. Much of the pulled-down abbey found its way into the church, including the misericords.

An extract from Heart of Lancashire Photographic Memories.

Memories of Whalley

I was born in 1947 to Betsy and Leonard Mcgough on Railway Terrace, which I believe is now called Russell Terrace. My mother worked in the cotton mills all her life and retired in a mill at Read. We moved to Moor Lane where we lived for several years before moving to Blackburn Rd with my stepdad Andy Myerscough, who ran (...Read full memory)

My cousin Eileen Vera Derbyshire was born in Blackburn in 1905 and was adopted by the Derbyshire family, when she went by the name of Nelly / Nellie Swales Derbyshire. She was apparently taken in by Nuns at a convent, so I don't know how she came to live with the Derbyshire family. The family lived at (...Read full memory)

I was born in Whalley, in the second cottage opposite the Catholic Church in the Sands, in December 1924. Next door to us was Mr Sutton who was well known around Whalley for his ice cream. He used to stand outside the abbey gates with his ice cream and he always had raspberry vinegar to put on top of the cones. I (...Read full memory)

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