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Pendle Bridge

Pendle Bridge area, Reedley Hallows

Showing a row of cottages, one of the cottages is where my Grandfather James Henry Tatham was born in 1869, his parents were John Tatham and Margaret Pickles.
Unfortunately I cannot find out the number of the cottage as it does not say the number on his birth certificate, and he was born in between the 1861 and 1871 censu's when they had apparently moved.
Roger Frost wrote an article accompanying this photograph it was in The Burnley Express on Aug 29th 2006, a peek into the past.

River with Industrial past.

We have travelled down Barden Lane on several occasions in this series, most recently when we visited Holme End. Today, as the postcard indicates, we are not at all that far away at Pendle Bridge.
In the past, the Pendle Bridge area, with the river, it's inn and it's country walks, was much valued by local residents.
At Holme End there was also Jack Moore's monkey and the attraction of Fence, Wheatley Lane and Higham were only a short distance away.
The river, of course, is Pendle Water, which gives its names to this area. The source of the river is above Barley and the river flows through White Hough, Roughlee, Higherford, Barrowford and west of Nelson and Brierfield before it reaches the point shown in the photograph.
Pendle Water is one of the most interesting of our local tributaries, particularly because of the lovely countryside through which it passes, but the course of the river is also known to thosekeen on the the industrial history of our area. There was an early textile mill nearby Holme End: this was Jewell Mill, of which there are no remains.
At Barrowford the early mill has gone, though in this case we have an almost complete record of the mill's building costs. The mill site at Roughlee remains well known for the pond, which is used by fishermen, and the mill at Narrowgates, near Barley, still stands although it has been converted for residential purposes.
The river carries on from Pendle Bridge, but it has not got far to go on it's way to join the Calder at the Water Meetings above Royale Hall. It is at this point that the Calder becomes a substantial river.
Not only has it taken in Pendle Water, but it has also absorbed the Brun and it's tributaries, the Don and Swinden Water.
The area between Pendle Bridge and the Water Meetings was once one of the most attractive of districts.
There was Royle Hall, a fine but but rather old fashioned country house, once the home of the Towneleys of Royle, which also served as Burnley's Rectory. There were also buildings associated with the house, some of which survive, together with a number of most attractive farm buildings, some of which are part of the Royle Estate.
At the oddly-named Duck Pits a line of stepping stones allowed an interesting path across the river in the direction of Higham.
However, Burnley Corporation, in its wisdom, decided that it was in this area that it would construct its sewerage works. The first of these was the now abandoned Duck Pits Works, which I have written about in this series, and then came the Wood End Works, which are still in use.
Necessary as these works have been, they have done little to improve the area.
Older readers will be able to remember the Pendle Bridge Inn when it was indeed a public house. In today's photograph you can see two inn sign's: one on the right elevation of the building, the other at the front. This latter informs us that Massey's Burnley Breweries supplied "Sparkling Ales and Invalid Stout".
The building is unteresting. I suspect that it was originally a row of cottages, the end of which became a public house. The windows of the inn look to be more recent than those of the cottages, but whoever carried out the work did a very good job, which should not be surprising because Massey's built some pretty impressive public houses.
The Pendle Bridge area is in Reedley Hallows, which is a pity because details about that parish, and those who lived there, are "less available" than they are for more urban areas.
We do know that John Smith was the innkeeper at the Pendle Bridge in 1914 and that the same position was held by Robert Stephenson in 1927.
Unfortunately, we do not have very much information about who lived in the cottages until the 1930's In 1933 only four of the six cottages are listed and, apart from Mr Stephenson, who occupied number 2 as well as the inn, only two others are given informative entries. At number 4 there was William Hallewell (possibly a misspelling for Halliwell), who was a labourer and, at number 6, there was Richard Wearne, a collier.
If you look at the postcard you will see that, to the right of the cottages, there are some small pens. These were worked, one would guess, by the occupants of some of the cottages who supplemented both their diets and incomes by keeeping chickens and other small livestock.
Notice that there are no flower gardens attached to the cottages.
Until recent times, most of the cottages in our part of the world had little time for growing flowers.
Lastly, if you look at the bottom right hand corner of the card you will see the following: "F.P. Abel Street, Burnley" This was Fred Pollard of 113A Abel Street, Burnley, who made this and other cards.
Roger Frost

Image Source = Stephanie Tatham
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