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Grants Tower, Ramsbottom, Bury

Grants Tower is built at Top o’ th’ Hoof, Ramsbottom. It stands on the spot where the Grant  family are said to have first looked down on the Irwell Valley, on their arrival in 1783. They had embarked on an epic trek in … Continue reading

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Fred Dibnah Statue and Corliss Steam Engine, Bolton

In Bolton town centre stands a larger than life statue to the late, great steeplejack Fred Dibnah next to a Corliss Steam Engine. Fred always said that he was a man born in the wrong time, that he should have lived … Continue reading

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Five Lancashire Museums Will Now Close, but there’s still hope….

Lancashire County Council has made the decision to close five museums at the end of September 2016, but four organisations have come forward with bids to run them. One organisation is looking to run both Helmshore and Queen Street Mills, and the … Continue reading

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Lancashire Museums have a short stay of execution

For the very latest on this story as of autumn 2016 click here The five Lancashire Museums that faced closure at the end of March, have a stay of execution until the end of September. Lancashire County Councillor Marcus Johnstone, cabinet … Continue reading

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India Mill Chimney and Darwen’s Victorian Machinery

The chimney of India Mill still dominates the skyline of Darwen, with its Italian inspired architecture. However, it’s not the only reminder of Darwen’s mill history, as spaced along the main road through the town are a number of large pieces … Continue reading

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Tottington Mill Print Works ruins, Kirklees Valley, Bury

Walking through Kirklees Valley Local Nature Reserve today, you would be excused for thinking you had come across the remants of some ancient civilization, now reclaimed by nature. Extensive ruins in amongst the trees run for some considerable distance alongside … Continue reading

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Higher Woodhill Mill ruins, Bury

The first mill at this site was built around 1790 and was powered by a small waterwheel. The mill began life producing cotton, but over the years it would be expanded and used to manufacture a whole range of products. The original … Continue reading

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