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A newspaper report of  1869 paints a very bad picture of Stacksteads describing it as   "not a very safe or pleasant  place to live". At this time the population of Stacksteads was made up mainly of what at the time were called " low Irish families" described as far from peace-loving and law-abiding. As a consequence the well disposed inhabitants of Stacksteads were in fear of their life's.  The report of 24th April 1869 describes how on Sunday the 18th April a number of these savages called at a farmhouse in the neighbourhood and asked to be supplied with a quart of milk. The good woman brought them the milk, but before she handed it over to them asked who was to pay for it. The answer was to have the jug wrenched from her hands the milk consumed and the jug thrown to the floor and smashed. Their path next lay through some fields where they passed a young man returning from Sunday school , and as they passed him they tripped him up, causing him to fall heavily on the ground. A little further they met another man who was also returning from a place of worship, and whom they attempted to molest in a similar way. Failing to trip him up they struck him in the face. This assault however was witnessed by Mr James Munn J.P and Mr Robert Munn J.R who  remonstrated with the blackguards. No sooner did he interfere but was knocked down. Mr Robert Munn was also assaulted but this did not stop him capturing one of his cowardly assailants. He was brought before the Magistrate and sentenced to a month in the house of correction for a month. The men, it is stated were all in liquor at the time.    
Booth Road Was known locally as Folly Clough named after the Clough that ran from Higher Tunstead to the Hare and Hounds. Water still runs this way today but now runs under the road through pipes. The building on the right in the picture was Sykes Foundry both the farm and foundry were owned by John Atherton. This foundry was known by local people as Boggart foundry and the Clough as Boggart Hole Clough.  Four Lane Ends At a time when the Old Road was the main highway this area was indeed the area where four lanes ended. Anyone travelling from Rochdale for instance would travel over Rooley Moor Road known during the cotton famine of 1861 as the “famine road” down Rakehead Lane, up Brandwood Road and then continue up to join the Old Road which formed a crossroad with the lane leading North to Far Tunstead.  
Toll Bar
 The toll bar at Stacksteads was built to catch traffic on all roads in the area.  Booth Road was known as the Old Road 
Taylorholme The houses of Taylor Holme and Taylor Terrace were home to many Stacksteads quarrymen and their families as well as many weavers who worked in the nearby mill.  Taylor Terrace made the news in 1976 when it became the setting for the directing debut of Sir Lawrence Olivier and his 60 minute film version of the play Hindle Wakes.  It was also used in the cult classic TV series Juliet Bravo series 3 when the storyline featured the hunt for an arsonist. At this time the area was ready for demolition and so the setting fire to the once corner shop was supervised by Rawtenstall Fire Brigade.  
Farholme  & Acre Mill   The definition of Holme is said to be a  flat tract of land beside a river or stream  perhaps Farholme takes its name as it is  far from the river. A cobbled lane leading off Acre Mill Road  once took workers to their place of work  in James Ashworth's woollen mill. Today  there are no remains of the houses that  once stood down this lane known as  Moss Row but the area is still known  today as Shade End 
Coronation Buildings By 1902 the houses of Bottoms row had been demolished and the buildings known as Coronation Buildings pictured below erected. The tallest building in the picture is the Conservative Club situated at number 324 Newchurch Road which was opened in 1882 and named after Lord Beaconsfield.
Blackwood Frost Holes was another area populated by quarrymen and their families. Clearance orders were issued for the demolition of the Frost Holes houses in March 1937. Random Row along with many other houses in the Blackwood Road area provided housing for the many quarrymen, brick-workers and railway-men who worked in the local areas.
Huttock Top Farm Farholme Lane about 1910 Toll Bar Booth Road and Sykes Foundry Four Lane Ends
Waterbarn The Ironbridge  at Waterbarn was erected it is thought in the 1840's by public subscription in order to cross the river Irwell which at this point had a span of 31ft. In 1879 a complaint was made to the Bacup local board about the poor condition of Waterbarn Lane which was described at the time as being one of the lowest lying areas of the Stacksteads ward and devoid of any form of flags or pavement. The water and gravel that flowed down from Rakes Head making the lane a footpath of mud.
Ironbridge Waterbarn Taylorholme Random Row Blackwood