Local History Group

Meets: 2nd & 4th Tuesday AM

Location: Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham BB128JH

Group Leader: Molly Haines

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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.

Next meetings. 

Tuesday 24th March.   Sources for local history.
Tuesday 14th April.  Please bring an object with a history and tell us about it.
Tuesday 28th April.  Talk by Denise North: The boys of Leith (remembering a forgotten battalion.) 
We meet in the Hameldon Room, Padiham Unity Centre 10 am to 12 noon. 

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