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 25th February.  Talk  ‘Parks for People’

Tuesday 10th March.  ‘The craft of the silversmith’  talk by Barry Brown.
Tuesday 24th March.   Sources for local history.
We meet in the Hameldon Room, Padiham Unity Centre 10 am to 12 noon. 

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27 February Rachel Pollit – From Peru to Padiham

26 March Dennis Atherton – The Birds of Gambia

Fancy Becoming A Member?

If you fancy joining Burnley and District U3A and attending one or more of our Special Interest Groups please visit our How To Join Burnley and District U3A page. Guests are welcome to attend up to two monthly meetings at a fee of £2.00 per meeting or to attend one Special Interest Group meeting as a taster session. If you have questions or just want to know more about the local U3A you will be welcome to chat with one of our Greeters at the monthly meeting from 2:00pm. The monthly meetings are held at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Knight Hill, Padiham Lancs BB12 8JH (see our location) and commence at 2:30pm on the fourth Thursday of each month. Download our Introductory Brochure (PDF).