Thursday, April 17, 2014

Nelson's Mill Housing

Nelson’s Mill Housing
By Deborah Mulhearn | Published in History Today Volume: 52 Issue: 5 2002 

400 pre-1919 terraced house in Nelson, Lancashire.
  1. A public inquiry into the proposed clearance of 400 terraced houses has highlighted the dilemma facing many local councils, particularly in the North West of England where regional planning bodies say at least 70,000 pre-1919 houses need to be cleared to regenerate deprived areas. The houses in question were built for cotton mill workers in the second half of the nineteenth century in the tiny Lancashire town of Nelson, one of a cluster of former mill towns that flourished in the damp valleys beneath Pendle Hill.

The mills may be gone, but English Heritage is backing local residents’ opposition to the plans because it believes the houses, mostly in private ownership, are of historic and architectural significance, and should be saved. Pendle Borough Council wants to replace the terraces with a staged development of new houses built to modern standards. The council, while acknowledging the upheaval and anxiety felt by the residents, insists that new build is the only way to regenerate an area where properties are changing hands for as little as £4,000.
I found this to be very interesting.I have been over to Nelson a couple of times and saw the beginning and completion of some of these houses

Sunday, April 13, 2014

List of mills in Lancashire

Renee Hartley was born in Nelson. She left school when she was 15 and went to work in one of Nelson,s mills. Here she became a weaver.Nelson in Lancashire was at the centre of the weaving boom with Nelson having 22 mills. Now most of the mills have been knocked down and Renee now 84 still lives in Nelson a town full of old people.

This site has a list of all the mills in Lancashire,click on the name of a town and the mills will‎ This is a list of the cotton and other textile mills in Lanc

Saturday, March 8, 2014

County Clare Roman Catholic Baptisms

County Clare's first batch of Roman Catholic baptisms for seven parishes are now available online Rootsireland is delighted to announce that Clare Heritage & Genealogy Centre has now made their first batch of Roman Catholic baptisms for seven parishes available online. The parishes covered are listed below. Parish Cratloe 1802 - 1901 Crusheen 1860 - 1900 Ennis 1841 - 1900 Feakle 1860 - 1900 Mountshannon and Whitegate 1846 - 1900 Parteen 1831 - 1902 Scariff 1852 - 1900 Further Co. Clare parish records including marriages and deaths, as well as further baptismal records, will be made available online on a phased basis. Please find a list of County Clare sources that are currently online at County Clare Sources List