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Caption for Whalley, King Street 1921: Whalley means 'the clearing or field by the hill', and we can see how close the hill, known as Whalley Nab, is from our photograph. Here we see the main street, with a policeman on traffic duty at the junction with Accrington Road outside the Whalley Arms. The River Calder runs through the village; it was here that a mass baptism took place when Christianity first arrived in around 626-7 AD. The church here was once the mother church for half of Lancashire (47 townships and three large villages). One of Whalley's famous sons was Samuel Brooks, who moved to Manchester to make his fortune - he named an area that he purchased there Whalley Range. On King Street and the corner of Station Road is an old cricket square. This is said to be where the first Lancashire versus Yorkshire match was played.

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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