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Rossendale Branch June 2002

Programme 2002

Tonight - 5th June Julia Hoyle will tell us about the Quakers in Rossendale

3rd July Out Visit to Rochdale Town Hall. Please assemble in the car park behind the Town Hall 7.15 P.M. for 7.30pm. If you have not visited this listed building before, you are in for a treat. There is plenty to see, especially for heraldry enthusiasts.

7th August Research Evening.

4th September The other 1851 - Rossendale census

2nd October Members’ Miscellany.

6th November On board HMS George V -WW2. Norma Cowpe.

4th December Christmas Celebration

Did you miss.... the Society’s AGM and conference ?

This was held at the University of Central Lancashire on May 25th 2002. Approximately 65 people attended. Terry Walsh and Dorothy Haworth were there to sell books and microfiche. We had three excellent and interesting talks. William Taylor (ex President) and Joyce Winter (former Secretary of the Blackburn Group, were elected as Honorary Vice Presidents for their work on behalf of the Society.

Mark Fletcher described the relaunch of the Society’s Pedigree Referral Index.

All members will be able to have their surname interests entered into a new computer index. Full details will be in the May edition of "Lancashire."

Did you miss.... our talk by Gloria Oates OBE?

Mrs. Oates told us about her year of office as High Sheriff of Lancashire.

The Office of High Sheriff is at least 1000 years old, having its roots in Saxon times. It is the oldest secular office under the Crown. The High Sheriff is the Sovereign’s representative in the county for all matters relating to the judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.

The duties of the High Sheriff include:

Attendance at Royal visits to the county.

The well being and protection of High Court Judges in the county on circuit.

The execution of High Court Writs and Orders, through the Under Sheriff.

The maintenance of the loyalty of subjects to the crown.

In practice some of these duties are delegated to the professional services.

Mrs. Oates said she had visited a number of schools during her year of office. She found some disappointment among the younger children, who thought she should be wearing a Stetson and toting a six gun.

It was especially interesting to see her new Coat of Arms, which will now be displayed in Lancaster Castle. She told us how the arms had been drawn up to depict her family name and former occupation in the field of education etc.

Family History 1973 - 2003

Next year will be the 30th anniversary of the Society. Rodney and Beth Hampson (former officials of the Society) are planning to compile a record of the Society’s doings so far.

They would like details and photographs from the archives, of the various groups within the society. Do any of you have photographs taken during exhibitions, conferences social events or project work? They will copy any pictures used and return the originals. I will be willing to pass on any memorabilia or reminiscences to Rodney and Beth.

Coming Events

Wednesday 12th June

Bury Group are coming to St. James, Haslingden for their Out Visit. Michael Hiluta will give a short talk on the origins of Haslingden Roots and will then give a tour of the church. Records will be available for people to examine. The meeting will commence at 7.30pm.

Friday 14th June

Brian Smith and Jackie Ramsbottom are taking members of Musbury Local History Society for a walk round Grane. If anyone is brave enough to join them contact Jackie for details; bearing in mind that it has poured down on the three occasions that this group has attempted to arrange a similar walk.

Tel. 01254 394794 or emai: jax@grane92.freeserve.co.uk

A 2 A Access to Archives


Submitted by June Huntingdon. LFHHS Correspondence Secretary.

This is a new online catalogue. Click on search a2a.

At the left hand side you will see a choice of 4 headings, try STANDARD SEARCH

Keyword Clayton le Moors (hyphens cannot be used)

Location of Archives A choice is given but if you want the Lancs Records Office type in L and it throws it up for you.

English region In this example we want North West, then press search which is in red.

71 choices appear. For this experiment just press on the first one. - scroll down the page and bingo, there are the details for Clayton-le-Moors.

Apart from Standard Search you can get Extended Search and Special Interest. The Extended Search will allow you to research archives by category e.g. Political Parties, Voluntary Organisations.

The Special Interests option will enable you to find information on particular people, places and corporate bodies.

Search for people by Surname first.

Rossendale Ancestry:


Stephen Read has written from Kendal. He is researching the family of William HOLDEN born 1833 in Stansfield, Todmorden. He married Sarah HOPKINSON at Haslingden Register Office on 24th Nov. 1855. He was living at Holmes Row, Lower Booths (Rawtenstall). His father was John HOLDEN, a greengrocer. The family were members of the Unitarian Church in Rawtenstall. They had twelve children who married into many local families:

1. John Henry, born 2nd Dec. 1856; 2. James, born 26th Apr. 1857 married Eliza Ann WILSON, 3 known children; 3. Barker, born1859 died 1935 married Mary Jane ENTWISTLE. 4. John born 14th June 1861; 5. Willie 1861; 6. Servetus born 1866 died 1949 married Margaret Ellen LONGTHORNE. 9 known children. 7. Mary Ann born 1868 married Walter TAYLOR. 8. Ernest born 1870 died 1873; 9. Sarah born 1873 married William James BALDWIN; 10. Alice Hannah born 1876 married Walter LUPTON. 11. Charles born 1877; 12. Maria born 1880 married Fred TAYLOR.

Stephen is descended from Barker Holden through his daughter Bessie 1886 - 1958 who married Edward REAY. Barker had six children who married variously into the HOLDEN, REAY, VINER, FLEMING, CUNLIFFE. WATERHOUSE, and DANSON Families. Barker had many addresses and occupations in Rawtenstall, railwayman, confectioner, baker. He was one of the founders of the North East Grocers Association.

For more details email Stephen at Castleblack@btinternet.com