Tag: Rossendale

  • 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) | 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…

  • A WATCH AGAINST A LIFE (1902) | True Crime – S2 Ep2

    A WATCH AGAINST A LIFE (1902) | True Crime – S2 Ep2

    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…

  • THE WILKINSON STREET MURDER (1880) | True crime – S2 Ep1

    THE WILKINSON STREET MURDER (1880) | True crime – S2 Ep1

    Many times we hear of serious crimes taking place in areas which are never close to home and we always think to ourselves it would never happen where you live, and yet crimes, and especially murders may well have happened closer than you realize – sometimes you just have to…

  • THE TRAGIC CASE OF ELLEN DOWDLE (1899) | True Crime – S1 E6

    THE TRAGIC CASE OF ELLEN DOWDLE (1899) | True Crime – S1 E6

    Domestic abuse or “wife beating” was a prominent occurrence in Victorian England with many victims having to put up with abuse on a daily basis. It was socially acceptable for that period and was seen by many as nothing more than a lower class issue. It’s been written in many…

  • HELMSHORE RAIL DISASTER | Local History – S1 E1

    HELMSHORE RAIL DISASTER | Local History – S1 E1

    During the early hours of Tuesday, September 4th 1860, the small village of Helmshore – situated within the Rossendale Valley in the North West of England was rocked by a serious tragedy that claimed the lives of 11 innocent victims as well as seriously injuring onwards of 77 people. After…