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 Good Samaritan was situated at 2 Grimshaw Park. Now demolished and replaced by a B&Q warehouse.
The Cemetery Hotel was situated on Whalley New Road and is now an Indian restaurant. Since demolished and being redeveloped.
The Mill Gap Darwen
Lord Nelson Inn
The Lord Nelson Inn was situated at 11 Salford.
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.
Blackburn Easter Fair 2011
Blackburn Town Centre
Blackburn Cathedral Lantern Tower
Church Street Blackburn
Blackburn Town Centre
Blackburn in the Past
Technical College 1903
Now part of Blackburn college. Notice the grand railings and entrance that have since been removed.
Market House and Clock Tower
The old market hall and impressive clock tower with the rising and falling ball.
Boulevard and Parish Church
Notice the fountain on the Boulevard and the parish Church before it was extended into the Cathedral
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 Church Street
Looking down Church Street to where the 1960's market was built. The long gone Bay Horse pub is in the distance. Approx 1906