Black Abbey Street, Accrington – An Exploration!

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Just a short video as we take a look into just one of the many fire damaged buildings situated along Black Abbey Street in Accrington.

In 1191 Accrington was granted to the Abbot of Kirkstall Abbey and around 1200 the monks built a grange (small-scale abbey) in the area that is now Grange Lane and Black Abbey Street near the police station in Accrington.

Shortly after it was built, three monks – Humphrey, Norman and Robert – were murdered and the Grange set on fire by local people that the monks had driven out of their homes. Despite this, the abbots stayed in the area for another century.

Fire ravaged numbers 5 to 7 on Black Abbey Street in May 2021.

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