Chorley Heritage Events in the Lancastrian Suit, Chorley Town
Tue 24th Sat 28th Sep 2013
An impressive range of displays in the Lancastrian Suit, Chorley
groups, societies and businesses were represented at this FIRST
EVER exhibition, bringing all together under one roof.
Exhibitors displaying the history of their groups were very
amicable, exchanging stories and histories, answering questions,
exchanging ideas with each other, and all the visitors who were
in and out of the Lancastrian room during the week.
Friends of Chorley Hospital,
Scouting and Guiding,
Tennis and Football clubs,
Liveseys Funeral Services,
Theatre and Film Society,
Civic Society, Family History Society,
Miles Standish and Lightoller exhibitions,
Library and Museum Services,
Leonard Fairclough (AMEC),
Chorley's Summer of
Celebration and Frank Sellers Braiding Machine.
Chorley Town Hall in May 2010
Added to all
these exhibitors were talks, twice daily:
"The Unitarian Chapel and its connections to local business men"
by Doreen Jolly,
"Lightoller- Titanic Hero" by P. Jackson and D. Horsefield,
"What makes Chorley special?" by W. Walker,
"Withnell Fold-A Social History" by Boyd Harris,
"The Co-operative Movement in Chorley" by J.Harrison
(the text of the presentation is available.
Click here for
all 9 pages)
"Seeking Myles Standish" by W. Walker,
"A Ramble through seven centuries of the Church in Chorley by
Rev. J. Cree,
"Fairclogh to AMEC" by K. Hick,
A further chance to visit the Mayors Parlour and Council
Chamber, and country dances by the children of the Chorley Arts
Everyone who participated in the week received Certificates of
Appreciation, from the Heritage Group, for all their efforts.
Almost 1000 people came through the doors of the Lancastrian
Room, during the week, and to experience, first hand, all this
going on in our Town Hall was mind blowing! We were also plied
with Tea and Chorley Cakes, scones and biscuits, by the lovely
"Tea Team" all week, plus a treat a couple of times from Browns
the Butchers, who plied us with tasters of Chorley Haggis.
Congratulations to members of Chorley Heritage Support Group in
organising this wonderful event. Hopefully in the near future
their aims will be achieved, in Chorley, by the opening of a
long awaited Heritage Centre.
Chorley Town Hall
stair and lift well
Parish Church of St Laurence
Chorley Town Centre c1930
Chorley Town Hall
Foundation stone laid Jan 2, 1875 by R. Smethurst Esq. High
(1855 - 1927)
Leonard Miller Fairclough CBE JP
(1889 - 1976)
Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society stand
B. Livesey stand
Royal Ordnance Factory - take more care!
Start of the closing ceremony.
Sat 14 - Sun 15 Sep 2013
Heritage Open Days
The Heritage Open Day
weekend meant that events were held in the Chorley area. As part
of these Doreen Jolly of Chorley Historical and Archaeology
staged the opening of the Unitarian Chapel (in collaboration
with the Chapel) On Sun 15 Sep Neil ran a guided tour of
On Sat 14 Sep
2013 Society member Doreen Jolly gave an excellent presentation
of historical memorabilia in the Unitarian Chapel on Park Street
Chorley. Along with the display Doreen described some of her
recent historical researches which each year add more
information to the wonderful history of the Church.
us the front cover of the ‘Tales of Old Chorley’ by Tom Gillet.
It shows an 1810 line drawing of Chorley Hall which features in
the history of the Church. It was interesting to note the
illustration seems to be a copy of a section of an old painting
of Chorley Town centre in the days before Park Road was
constructed. In the background of the painting is Chorley Hall.
Chorley Hall drawing showing it in 1810
The old painting showing the probable
source of the drawing
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Sunday 15th Sep 2013
Neil’s guided tour of Rivington Village was accompanied by
unwelcome heavy rain. However a group of hardy Society members
turned out for the tour. Our first call was to Rivington
Unitarian Chapel were we were able to have a brief look inside.
CHAS in the rain
Rivington Unitarian Chapel
Rivington Unitarian Chapel by Joan Holding and Colin D. Rogers
says the following:
Perhaps the most interesting of the gravestones, however, is
that of Samuel Oldknow:
Here lieth the Body of Samuel Oldknow
of Nottingham late of Anderton who
departed this life Aug 7th 1759 Aged 25 yrs
Likewise Eliz. his daughter who died
March 12th 1762 Aged 4 years.
He lived at Roscoe Low Farm, Anderton and was reputedly the
first man in England to manufacture muslin, a fine cotton having
previously been woven in the East. He came to the district in
1754, and married and prospered, leaving a son Samuel who worked
with Richard Arkwright near Stockport. According to John
Rawlinson, however, muslin was first produced by the widow of
Samuel the elder, and a partner in the business, in 1764.
The grave of Samuel Oldknow (Muslin Man)
Rivington Unitarian Chapel interior showing the box-pews
graveyard area several stone door lintels recovered from various
properties that were demolished and submerged when the nearby
reservoirs were constructed in the mid 1800s. This one is:
16 I R 98
Which is apparently to James
and Rebecca Isherwood of Ainsworth’s (later Wood’s) Farm. Though
I'm puzzled by James being depicted by what looks like an 'I'
Then it was
across the road to the Parish Church where Neil explained the
history and some notable stones in the grounds. The Society
visited the church previously on Sun
18 May 2008. Crossing the road again we saw the school where
Neil showed us some old photographs of stages of the development
of the school.
Separate building for the bell for the Parish Church.
The bell is no longer present.