Tag: Haslingden

  • Cob Castle – The Abandoned Community

    Cob Castle – The Abandoned Community

    Back in the last 1800s and early 1900s, ‘Cob Castle’ was a community of workers who were employed in the nearby quarries, mills and factories within Haslingden. Many people worked long, laborious hours, often with a pittance for a wage. Together, they would witness tragedies such as a murder on…

  • The Grizzly Tale of Mary Ann O’Shea (1925)

    The Grizzly Tale of Mary Ann O’Shea (1925)

    Ever since the death of her husband, Maurice, who had sadly passed away only two years prior in 1923; 82 year old Mary Ann O’Shea had lived alone at a place known as Tower Hill that was situated within the top end of a town called Haslingden, that lies within…

  • THE MAN IN THE BARN : A GRANE ROAD MYSTERY (1909) | Haslingden

    THE MAN IN THE BARN : A GRANE ROAD MYSTERY (1909) | Haslingden

    Walking along the rain sodden path, the stranger could see in the near distance the silhouette of building.  Hoping this would prove to be a somewhat ideal refuge, it may at least be of help to him to shelter from the rain that hadn’t stopped beating down for most of…

  • THE MAN IN THE BARN : A GRANE ROAD MYSTERY (1909) | Local History S2 – Ep5

    THE MAN IN THE BARN : A GRANE ROAD MYSTERY (1909) | Local History S2 – Ep5

    Walking along the rain sodden path, the stranger could see in the near distance the silhouette of building.  Hoping this would prove to be a somewhat ideal refuge, it may at least be of help to him to shelter from the rain that hadn’t stopped beating down for most of…

  • THE DOWNFALL OF JOHN USHER (1905) | Haslingden

    THE DOWNFALL OF JOHN USHER (1905) | Haslingden

    Alfred Parker was a man of routine and on the morning of Wednesday, 9th August 1905 he would begin the day as he always did.  Up early, washed, made a relatively small breakfast and after saying his goodbyes to his wife, he would set off to work at nearby Carr…

  • WHEN THE CRYING STOPS : THE SAD TALE OF SARAH HANNAH BARNES (1910) | Haslingden

    WHEN THE CRYING STOPS : THE SAD TALE OF SARAH HANNAH BARNES (1910) | Haslingden

    On the evening of Tuesday, 12th July 1910, Margaret Taylor, proprietor of number 29 Back Bank Terrace, upon noticing a terrible smell coming from somewhere within her house, would make a shocking discovery. After wandering around from room-to-room to find the cause of the smell, Mrs. Taylor would eventually make…

  • WHEN THE CRYING STOPS : THE SAD TALE OF SARAH HANNAH BARNES (1910) | Local History – S2 Ep3

    WHEN THE CRYING STOPS : THE SAD TALE OF SARAH HANNAH BARNES (1910) | Local History – S2 Ep3

    On the evening of Tuesday, 12th July 1910, Margaret Taylor, proprietor of number 29 Back Bank Terrace, upon noticing a terrible smell coming from somewhere within her house, would make a shocking discovery. After wandering around from room-to-room to find the cause of the smell, Mrs. Taylor would eventually make…

  • THE COB CASTLE MURDER (1907) | Haslingden

    THE COB CASTLE MURDER (1907) | Haslingden

    On Monday, 11th March 1907, Thomas Dennison was brought before the magistrates at Haslingden after having been charged on suspicion of murdering his wife, Margaret Dennison at some point during the evening of Saturday, 9th March. Standing before the bench and facing Alderman Hamilton (Chairman) as well as Messrs. Holt,…

  • THE COB CASTLE MURDER (1907)

    THE COB CASTLE MURDER (1907)

    On Monday, 11th March 1907, Thomas Dennison was brought before the magistrates at Haslingden after having been charged on suspicion of murdering his wife, Margaret Dennison at some point during the evening of Saturday, 9th March. Standing before the bench and facing Alderman Hamilton (Chairman) as well as Messrs. Holt,…

  • THE OAKENHEAD WOOD TRAGEDY (1853) | Haslingden

    THE OAKENHEAD WOOD TRAGEDY (1853) | Haslingden

    On the afternoon of Monday, 12th September 1853, Jane Collinge made her way to the home of 31 year old Elizabeth Cunliffe, her step-daughter, fearing that something terrible may have happened since they last spoke the previous day. Elizabeth had suffered from severe depression since the birth of her daughter…

  • THE OAKENHEAD WOOD TRAGEDY (1853) | True Crime – S2 Ep3

    THE OAKENHEAD WOOD TRAGEDY (1853) | True Crime – S2 Ep3

    On the afternoon of Monday, 12th September 1853, Jane Collinge made her way to the home of 31 year old Elizabeth Cunliffe, her step-daughter, fearing that something terrible may have happened since they last spoke the previous day. Elizabeth had suffered from severe depression since the birth of her daughter…

  • A WATCH AGAINST A LIFE (1902) | Haslingden

    A WATCH AGAINST A LIFE (1902) | Haslingden

    Children appearing in youth or crown courts in Wales and England cannot be named if they are under the age of 18, apart from exceptional circumstances as the European Convention on Human Rights says that all children have a right to privacy and a family life – which basically means…