Local History Group
Meets: 2nd & 4th Tuesday AM
Location: Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB128JH
Group Leader: Molly Haines
The Local History Group was one of the very first Groups to be formed back in July 2007.
It meets on the mornings of the second and fourth Tuesdays each month when we have talks and discussions on various aspects of local history, with the occasional visit to a local place of interest – often followed by lunch.
In the past some members have been involved in hands-on research and the group has produced three books – “A History of Mill Street, Padiham” in 2009 and “The Heyday of Palatine Square, Burnley” in 2011. The latest, published in 2017, is “Some Prominent Padiham People of the Past” edited by Margaret Jones. In January 2019 we gave a talk ‘Parks for People’ to the U3A General meeting. This was based on our research into the history of Burnley’s parks.
Over the last twelve months members of the Local History Group have been occupied in researching nineteen topics in connection with ‘Bank Hall and All That’. Topics include past and present buildings in the Bank Hall area as well as various facilities in Thompson Park, which has recently received a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.