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 in the mornings of the second and fourth Tuesdays each month. On the second Tuesday, we have talks or visit local places of historical interest; if possible ending up at a local pub or tea room for lunch. On the fourth Tuesday some of the Group meet in the Hameldon Room of the Unitarian Church for “hands on research”.
So far 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 and available from the Weavers’ Triangle Visitor Centre, Burnley and the Mooch Café, Padiham. It is also on sale at our General Meetings, price £6.50 or contact the Website.
The research group is now looking at the history of parks, gardens and other leisure facilities in the Burnley area.
BANK HALL AND ALL THAT
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.
All this information will eventually be available on the Burnley Council Thompson Park website, with appropriate links, and will be used as the basis for various displays in the park.
At a meeting on Tuesday 11th June, Molly Haines, (pictured) leader of the Group, handed over memory sticks containing all the information and relevant images to Burnley Borough Council Officers, Simon Goff, (Head of Green Spaces and Amenities), and Victoria Woods, (Community Engagement Ranger). Molly also gave them a bound copy of the topics included in the Research Project.
After accepting the gifts, Simon Goff thanked the Group for the time spent on this extensive project and stated that it would be invaluable in the development of the Park. He also felt that Heritage Lottery Fund officers would be most impressed by the involvement of the U3A.
The presentations were followed by a talk, with powerpoint slides, by Peter Hughes on Thompson Park Miniature Railway – one of the topics in the archive.