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Rossendale Branch Newsletter December 2001

A Happy Christmas to everyone and welcome to our



Play "Raise the Roof" with Kathleen!


2nd January. The Lancashire Parish Register Society. John Dalton.

7th February. Research Workshop.

Did you miss...

Our Remembrance Week talk - Visiting Uncle Fred

Two of our members presented a programme about their uncle, Fred Harrison. The talk which was illustrated, covered his family background, and early life. He joined the army in 1914 and took part in the battle of Loos in September 1915. This was the battle were Rudyard Kipling lost his only son and the Queen Mother, her brother.

Fred survived the battle but was wounded whilst in the trenches on 1st December 1915. He died the following day.

He is buried in a small cemetery at Noeux le Mines, near Loos. This cemetery formed part of the town cemetery and was used by Field Ambulances from June 1915 to August 1917.

In the same cemetery is Wilfred Banks, the great uncle of another of our members, Rita Hirst. Wilfred died in April 1916, following a gas attack at Loos.

In September of this year, Jean and Mary visited both graves and the battlefield where the men died.

Staying put -

Has your family lived in the same house for a century?

The Society has been approached by Adrian Monti, a freelance feature writer, who writes for WOMAN magazine.

He is doing a feature on families who have lived in the same house for 100 years (or a year or so less won’t really matter). The idea being that great grandparents, grandparents, parents, have lived in the same house for most of the 20th century. Whoever takes part gets PAID for their time and trouble and also will get their story in the magazine, in their own words, with photographs.

If you know of anyone who falls into this category, contact Adrian at adrian@monti.freeserve.co.uk or telephone 01273 777693.

Rossendale Ancestry:


Clive Cooper tells me that the Cooper Family is from Cambridge and then lived in the St. Ives area of Hunts from 1841 onwards.

His father who is 88 believes that one of his Aunts married an Allpress from Rawtenstall. She had two daughters who used to visit his parents many years ago. First by horse and trap and then hired car.

I have found a Joseph Allpress living at 34 Whittle Street, Rawtenstall in 1891. Both he and his wife Mary, were born in Huntingdon. They had a daughter, Rachel aged 7, born in Rawtenstall. Also living in the house was Charles Cooper, Brother-in-law born, Oakington Cambs.

Clive wonders if anyone has any information on Rachel and Bonnie Allpress. Bonnie wrote to his grandfather and father for many years, until she lost her eyesight. He does not think she ever married. He can be contacted at email: clive@plato.fsbusiness.co.uk


Joan Morgan is researching her great-grandfather Richard Williams who came to Rossendale from Neath, Glamorgan and also her grandmother’s family which came to Rossendale from Redruth in Cornwall, about 1870. Both her great-grandfather and grandfather were architects in the Rossendale area. Her G.grandfather designed Horncliffe Mansion and her grandfather designed Trickett’s Arcade. Joan can be contacted at email: joan@morganrfs.freeuk.com

1901 Census Online

The Census will be available on the internet from 2nd January 2002. You will get a direct link to the digital images of the 1901 census returns, also 32 million names, 600,000 households and 53 counties of England and Wales. You can view the images for a small fee.


The index will be free. You will be able to search by name, place, address, institution or vessel.

A basic person search may be undertaken by using forenames and surnames, place and age. There will be an option for giving a range of years if the precise age is not known. There will be a wild card facility to bring up surname variants, e.g. BR*N, results would include Brown, Braun, Broughton. Another facility will incorporate synonyms and abbreviations, e.g.. "John" will also return references for "Jon", "Jack", and "Jno".

Once you have found the individual you have 2 options.

1. View the digital image of the whole census page from the enumerator’s book. This will cost 75p. Once you have bought the image you can save it to your own system and/or print out a copy.

2. View the details for an individual transcribed from the census returns. This will cost 50p. If you wish to view the details for all the others in the household you can do this for an extra 50p.


You can pay by voucher or credit card.

Credit card. Major credit cards will be accepted, Visa, MasterCard, American Express. Also Switch/Delta debit cards. There will be a minimum payment in advance for using a credit card. This will probably be £5 and will buy you multiples of transcripts/ or images. Once you have used up your £5, it will be pay- as- you go, for each extra transaction.

Vouchers. These will be available in units of £5, £10, and £50. It is expected that users will be able to purchase the vouchers at all institutions providing the online service. Once used the vouchers will expire after a set period of time. The expiry period for all vouchers will be set at 6 months. Access the census on the internet from home, public library or record office, anywhere with internet facilities.

See the website www.census.pro.gov.uk for further information and for a list of places selling vouchers.


Microfiche copies will be available for viewing at Kew and sets of microfiche will be available for sale to local libraries.

Gravestone of the Month

from Ebenezer Baptist Churchyard, Bacup.


This stone is erected to the memory of Betty LORD, widow of Samuel Lord of South Grain, who departed this life Jany. 20th 1818 in the 75th year of her age.

Also here lieth the body of Mary HARRISON, mother of the above Betty LORD, who departed this life 21st December 1818 in the 109th year of her age. (She lived the last years of her life in the family of James MADEN, of Greens & nursed his children, the youngest after she was 102 years old)

Also the remains of Peggy LORD, wife of Richard LORD, of old Doal, who departed this life, June 13th 1820, in the 53rd year of her age. Also of the aforementioned Richard LORD, late of Old Doal, who departed this life the 2nd day of March 1847, in the 82nd year of his age. Also of James LORD, who departed this life the 15th day of December 1843, in the 47th year of his age.

Selected by Rita Hirst. If you know of an interesting local monument, especially one with a story, please send me details for the next newsletter.

St. Nicholas, Newchurch -

Parish Magazine February 1896
submitted by Terry Ladley.


Jan 2nd Annie WOODHOUSE Mill End. 20 days
Jan 9th James SPENCER, Pikelaw 49 years
Jan 11th Thomas NUTTALL, Burnage, Manchester 84 years
Jan 11th Margaret WALMSLEY, Stacksteads 67 years
Jan 15th Rhoda BIRTWISTLE, Cloughfold 6 years
Jan 16th Grace Emily PARKER, Stackstaeds 29 years
Jan 20th. Alice HARDMAN, Stacksteads, 75 years.
Jan 25th. Mark STOTT, Farnworth, 61 years.
Jan 28th. Mary Ann CAMB, Waterfoot, 40 years.
Jan 28th. Herbert TAYLOR, Hollinwood, 5 years.
Jan 29th. John TRICKETT, Old Street, Aged 48 years.