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 Office in Darwen
The Good Samaritan was situated at 2 Grimshaw Park. Now demolished and replaced by a B&Q warehouse.
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.
Kings Arms Blackburn
Blackburn Town Centre
Blackburn's Panopticon, Colourfields
Pendle Hill from the A59
Rainbow over Wilpshire Blackburn
Blackburn Town Centre
Blackburn Cathedral Lantern Tower
Blackburn in the Past
Blackburn Multiview 1912
2 scenes from Queen’s Park and the Town Hall with wonderful lamp posts on the walls surrounding the building.
Market House and Clock Tower
The old market hall and impressive clock tower with the rising and falling ball.
Corporation Park Lake c1905
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
Boulevard and Parish Church
Notice the fountain on the Boulevard and the parish Church before it was extended into the Cathedral
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.