Photos from Blackburn, Darwen and East Lancashire – Past and Present
The Closure of Blackburn Boulevard
The Demolition of Blackburn Market
The Lost Pubs of Blackburn
The Mill Gap Darwen
The Grosvenor was eventually demolished for the second phase of the new shopping centre. It was regularly visited by Blackburn mods in the early 1960s before going up the Stax nightclub. One of my most vivid memories of that pub was written on the toilet wall which said Paulette Goddard and John Wayne in Reap The Wild Wind and I couldn't help wondering who would write such a thing on the wall of a urinal and why. On another occasion we were in the snug and looking out of the window you could see people approaching down the slope from the new shopping centre. My mate saw his dad and as we were under age he fled into the back yard, climbed up the pile of crates, and dropped into the back alley. where his dad was waiting. You can't kid the kid can you.
The Legs O'Man was situated at 1 Darwen Street. Owned and let by Blackburn Cathedral Authorities, as it was in the Cathedral Grounds. Supplied by William Youngers of Edinburgh.
Golden Lion Blackburn
The Golden Lion stood on Church Street & was pulled down to build Arndale House. To the right is Victoria Street which used to run past St John's Church, as it currently does, all the way to Church Street. Next door but one to the right was Woolworths.
The Oozhead was at the top of Oozhead Lane on Manor Road, the venue of a yearly bicycle hill climb in days gone by. It was visited by Coronation Street's Pat Phoenix back in the 1960s as were a number of pubs in the area in those days.
Church Street Blackburn
Blackburn Town Centre
Blackburn Cathedral Lantern Tower
Blackburn Town Centre
Blackburn Easter Fair 2011
Blackburn in the Past
Whalley Viaduct 1906
Known locally as "Whalley Arches", Whalley Viaduct is a 48-span railway bridge. It was built between 1846 and 1850 under the engineering supervison of Terrence Wolfe Flanagan. It is a red brick arch stucture and the longest and largest railway viaduct in Lancashire. It carried the Bolton, Blackburn, Clitheroe and West Yorkshire Railway 21.3m over the river for 620m.
Over 7 million bricks and 12,338 cubic metres of stone were used in construction. 3,000m of timber were used for the arch centring, temporary platforms and the permanent foundation piles. During construction on 6 October 1849, two of the 41 arches then completed collapsed, with the loss of three lives.
The east side of the bridge, nearest the remains of the Abbey, has the only decorative treatment.
A more recent multiview of Blackburn, showing King William Street (with Pizza Hut), King George's Hall, Witton Park Visitor Centre and Blackburn Cathedral in the spring
Blackburn Railway Station 1908
Notice all the horse and carts and hansom cabs waiting for passengers
Market House and Clock Tower
The old market hall and impressive clock tower with the rising and falling ball.
Queen's Park Boat House1914
Corporation Park Lake c1905