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Happy May Day

Dancing round the Maypole, merrily we go Dancing round the Maypole, singing as we go “I’m the Queen, oh can’t you see I’ve just come from the village green If you wait a little while I will show you the polka-style (Girls: Can you dance the polka?) ‘Yes I can Not with you, with my

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Making A Splash

THE MADEN PUBLIC BATHS, BАСUР Extract from Building News 22 December 1893.   These baths were opened on Saturday last, the 16th inst., by Mr. J. H. Maden, М.Р., having been presented to the borough of Bacup by his late father. The baths have been designed and carried out by Messrs. Mangnall and Littlewoods, architects,

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Deeds Not Words!

Lewis Harcourt was a prominent figure in British politics, serving as the Member of Parliament for Rossendale from 1904 to 1917. His stance against women’s suffrage was a notable aspect of his political career, reflecting the prevailing attitudes of the time towards the issue of gender equality. Harcourt’s early experience as a private secretary to

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The End Of The Line

Described as being “tucked up a winding valley on the fringe of the moors” Bacup was the end of the line when it came to the Bacup branch line, which opened to Bacup on the 1st October 1852. A month earlier, the local newspaper had announced “It is expected that the line of railway from

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Ticket to Ride

The initial stagecoach service in the Bacup area was operated by Mr. James Howorth from Tunstead. It had the capacity to transport six passengers inside and between ten to twelve outside, pulled by three or four strong horses. In 1864, a new horse-drawn bus service commenced, offering weekly trips from Bacup to Rochdale every Monday,

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Brownbacks & Hobnails

Henry Heys, a bookkeeper, and farmer’s son from Lower Cockham, relocated with his family to Rakehead sometime between 1851 and 1861. His father, also named Henry and affectionately dubbed “Old Harry,” was renowned for his uncanny ability to estimate the precise amount of stone required for construction projects just by sight, a skill he demonstrated

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Police Occurrence Book

Extracts 1941-1942 8th January 1941 Suicide: Annie Berry, aged 68, residing at 14 Fern Hill Drive, took her own life by inhaling coal gas. 9th January 1941 Enquiry: Superintendent Seaforth reported a barrage balloon that had broken away from its moorings at Vale Park. The balloon was trailing 6,000 feet of cable and moving at

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Magistrates & Lockups

The term “Justices of the Peace” originated in 1361, during the reign of King Edward III. It traces back to an act from 1327 which called for the appointment of ‘Good and Lawful men’ in every county to maintain the peace. These local justices, or magistrates, were typically gentlemen with high standing in the community,

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