Friday, May 9, 2014

Munition Factory,

During the 2nd World War my Grandmother worked at a munition factory  in Chorley.,Lancashire.The bus would  pick up the workers from  Nelson,early in the morning and and then drop them off late at night.This is all i know, i would love  to sit with her now and hear what she had to say about life in the war years.
Royal  Ordnance ,otherwise known as ROF Chorley or Filling Factory  Number 1. It was opened in 1939  by King George the V1.  During the 2nd World War over 35000 people were working there.
In 1943 workers on the site filtered Torpex  explosive into the famous 'Bouncing Bombs' used to  attack German Dams in the Dambuster Raids
Today   Buckshaw Village is  on the site of the former Royal  Ordnance

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Nelson, Lancashire Good Old Days

This collection of short movies was made in 1962. Set in Nelson and the  Pendle  Countryside, it is a window to the past,with a view to how people from the north of England  lived.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Cotton Mill Girl Sings

Gracie Feilds  was a British singer, comedian who became a big star of both Cinema and Music Hall. 
    Born over a Fish and Chip  shop in Rochdale,Lancashire Gracie Started her working life in a Cotton Mill in  Rochdale. .She gained a following with her self deprecating jokes and comic songs. She  had a no airs and  graces working class style which  made her the Darling  of the working class during the Depression years in England..Gracie became one of Britians highest paid performers in the 30's