Glimpse history through old images of Haslingden, Lancashire, in North West England, UK.
Haslingden Carnival 1950
On 9th September 1950, the newsreel about Haslingden’s carnival showed locals walking the streets with lit torches, which were thrown onto a bonfire.
Then there’s a moment where a gardener in a waitcoat and apron walks towards the camera with a lawnmower, the owners of the elegant double-fronted house standing on their doorstep behind him.
At the end is a look at the town from the hillside above.
There’s no sound to this newsreel, which may only have been shown at the local cinema.
Haslingden Carnival Special (1950) – British Pathé on YouTube
Haslingden Market 1998
The first reference to Haslingden having a market appears in a Court Roll of 1555 which records John Radcliffe being fined for being a ‘forestaller of the lords market of Haslyngden’.
But clearly this trade continued, because in the reign of Charles I the Wednesday market moved to Saturdays. It was on 22nd March 1676, that King Charles II officially made Haslingden a market town.
On a rainy day in 1998, the new indoor market opened at a site on Blackburn Road. Local people turned out to see a town crier accompany the Mayor for the cutting of the ribbon.
The footage also includes a walk around the new stalls.
The Opening of Haslingden Market – 1998 – George Hanson on YouTube
Extract from “Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of King’s Bench“
Published in 1836
“The ground of the refusal of Mr. Turner to accept the office was a belief , founded on the following circumstances , that he was not liable to serve the office : –
Mr . Turner has resided for many years with his mother , at Carter Place , near Haslingden , distant from Manchester about seventeen miles . He has there in some respects a separate establishment , for which he pays rates and taxes . He and his brother jointly rent of their mother the farms and lands belonging to Carter Place , and have a large manufacturing establishment in the township of Haslingden , where also they occupy a considerable farm , of which they are joint proprietors . For property occupied by them in Haslingden they pay a rent of 700l . a year , and they are assessed to and pay the rates and taxes in respect of all the property occupied by them in Haslingden .
Mr. Ralph Turner and his brother are subject to , and actually do perform suit and service at the court – leet of Haslingden , in respect of the property so occupied by them in that township ; and when from any cause they have not attended at such leet , a fine has been imposed on them , and paid .
The brothers jointly occupy a warehouse in Manchester , at which they sell the goods manufactured by them at Haslingden ; which warehouse is open every day for that purpose , and for which they are rated and pay rates .
Mr. Ralph Turner is in the habit of coming into Manchester from Haslingden every Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning , and of remaining there till the Saturday afternoon , for the purpose of attending his business”.
Extract from: “Local Gleanings Relating to Lancashire and Cheshire” by John Parson Earwaker
Published in 1876
“The mention above of the name of James Marsden of Hoddlesden reminds me that Marsden Square, Haslingden, is called after him.
This last named town has the honor of birthplace and early years of John Cockerill (whose parents’ names are to be found in Baines ‘ History of Lancashire , 1824). This enterprising man took himself off to Belgium and there founded the immense engineering establishment, “Jno . Cockerill and Co. limited, ” Liege , Belgium; he died about a year ago.
Haslingden is I believe the highest (or second highest) market town in England.
I just add that the name Marsden Hargreave is still known both in Haslingden and Manchester , and conclude these cursory remarks by asking any of the old residents of
Newchurch , Blackburn , Haslingden , or Hoddlesden if they can throw any light upon the singular fact , that the inherited estates of the late Oliver Hargreave who died childless October 1858 , are not now enjoyed by any of his name? “
“The issue of the marriage of Edward Entwistle and Jane Townley was two sons and two daughters . The sons were Edward Entwistle of Haslingden , who died at Ribchester , 14 Dec , 1828 , aged 89 ; and Townley Entwistle of Haalingden , apothecary , whose wife was named Ann (Query, who was she?) and whose issue was three daughters : -Ann , baptised at Haslingden , 24th June 1758 ; married the 1st July 1778 to Henry Gearveise of Haslingden , surgeon ; Agnes , who married at Haslingden , Charles Leigh esquire of Bolton 22nd March 1789 ; she afterwards married ( 5th Nov. , 1791 ) John Fell of Manchester , cotton manufacturer , who was a partner in the firm of Fell , Maxwell , and Co. of
Haslingden , cotton spinners and manufacturers ; Jane the youngest daughter baptised at Haslingden 22 April , 1773 married there 10 Nov. , 1791 , to Thomas Padget of
Manchester and died 9 Oct. 1804.”
“JOHN COCKEBILL , OF LIEGE , BELGIUM .
For what was he famous ? I have an extract from an obituary notice of him which unfortunately does not supply the information . It is stated that he was born at Haslingden in Lancashire on the 5th April 1790 .
When he was twelve years old he was taken to Verviers, where his father had previously settled . After having acquired a ” reputation beyond the bounds of Europe” he died at Warsaw on the 19th June , 1840.”
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