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


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Blackpool 1930

Blackpool 1930

My  Great  Aunt Annie having fun at Blackpool

Blackpool In Its Hey Day

Nelson ,Lancashire, like other mill towns in that area  Nelson folk would have their summer holiday at the same week each year. Nelson week ,the second week in July would see the streets in Nelson bare as many.would head  for the seaside.Blackpool became a favourite.
'Oh we do like to be beside the seaside'
Families would  head for the golden sands after hiring the use of a couple of deck chairs. Those without children headed for the Piers or the Tower Ballroom.
I have memories of  my Dad, who could not swim padding at the water edge,while my Mum made the most of  sitting in her deck chair.I was happy to build sandcastles with my Tin Pale

Friday, April 25, 2014

Bradford and West Yorkshire War Years

During the 2nd  WW children were evacuated out of the city of Bradford  to safer areas  in England. Nelson in Lancashire became one of these towns that took the evacuated children..Read about Bradford during the war years.

WW2 People's War

This site has a collection of stories from people who grew up during the 2nd World War. They tell of Evacuation and rationing  and what they remember about the war years

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Nelson ,East lancashire Bombed

This map shows where Nelson and the other towns in East Lancashire were bombed by the Germans .

The British Army In WW 1

Helpful site about the British Army in the 1st WW. 1914-1918. Tips on how to research a soldier

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sam Hanna Film Collection

Sam Hanna was an amateur film maker.Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1903.His collection of films were acquired by the North West Film Archive. A selection of his films are online at the following web site

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nelson,Lancashire.Photos and Maps

Take a look at this site,the photos show Nelson in 1950. Free search for many places in England.,lancashire/photos/

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Memories Of The Mill Workers

Good site about the Mill  Workers with many interviews  from the people who lived that life.

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