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 Cemetery Hotel was situated on Whalley New Road and is now an Indian restaurant. Since demolished and being redeveloped.
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 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.
Lord Nelson Inn
The Lord Nelson Inn was situated at 11 Salford.
The Star & Garter
The Star & Garter was situated on Railway Road, being renamed The Boulevard just prior to closure.
Blackburn Town Centre
Pendle Hill from the A59
Rainbow over Wilpshire Blackburn
Blackburn Town Centre
Blackburn's Panopticon, Colourfields
Blackburn Easter Fair 2011
Blackburn in the Past
Technical College 1903
Now part of Blackburn college. Notice the grand railings and entrance that have since been removed.
Blackburn Railway Station 1908
Notice all the horse and carts and hansom cabs waiting for passengers
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 Royal Visit 1905
A scene in Railway Road taken on 30th September 1905 on the visit of Pricess Lousie
Boulevard and Parish Church
Notice the fountain on the Boulevard and the parish Church before it was extended into the Cathedral
Corporation Park Lake c1905