Historical Hapton

The Official Report on the causes and circumstances of the Explosion at the Hapton Valley Colliery on the 22nd March 1962.

The report and maps, describe in detail the findings and reasons for the disaster and shows the way the explosion developed and progressed along the coal face causing the deaths of those miners working in the area. The Hapton Heritage … Continue reading

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Hapton Silver Jubilee Celebrations 1977 Video

Filmed in 1977 and was of Haptoners celebrating the Queens Silver Jubilee with a Carnival procession, and then celebrations after on the recreation ground / park, the film was shot on super 8mm cine film, but had deteriorated over the … Continue reading

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Richard Riley’s recollection of his family past

Below is Richard Riley’s (descendant of John Riley, founder of the chemical works at Hapton) account of his family as he knows it. I am Richard Oliver (Noel added by the time I started school) Riley, born 09/12/1942, married Janet Elizabeth Farrow … Continue reading

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Tom Westall’s childhood memories of Hapton

Tom Westall’s has put together his childhood memories of life in Hapton. These memories have been taken from a larger document which go on right until the present day. He left Hapton when he got married in 1948 and is now … Continue reading

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Hapton Heritage Final Reports

Hapton Castle Report FINAL Hapton in the Middle Ages HaptonHist&ArchSurvey2 HaptonPark

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Memories of Hapton by Elsie Barnaby.

Elsie Barnaby, b 1920, her memories of Hapton as told to Joan Lakeland Education Whitefield Street – Church of England (now site of Methodist Church). School doubled up as a Church until St. Margaret’s was built. First sod dug by … Continue reading

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The Lady Sybil Legend

The Lady Sybil Legend – Bearnshaw Tower and Hapton Tower Legends                                     Lady Sybil and the Milk White Doe Through the great gorge of Cliviger, Where cold, abrasive winds scour, In a ravine beneath Eagles’ Crag Stood the ancient … Continue reading

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Clithero Court Rolls

CLITHEROE Court Rolls v 111        TITHES AND OBLATIONS RECEIVED BY THE ABBOT AND CONVENT OF WHALLEY FROM THE WHOLE PARISH OF WHALLEY AND PAROCHIAL CHAPELRIES IN THE YEAR 1536. In the account of Brother Richard Mersden in the office of … Continue reading

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Townley Auction Index 1920

‘In 1911 the lord of the manor was the seventh Earl of Abingdon, in right of his first wife Caroline Louisa, eldest daughter and co-heir of Charles Towneley. In Lord Abingdon put 2500 acres out of a total of 4,008 … Continue reading

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Leeds And Liverpool Canal at Hapton. By John Cave.

Hapton and the Leeds and Liverpool. Perhaps the first thing any visitor to Hapton cannot help but notice is the close proximity of all forms of terrestrial transport. For more than three centuries pioneering engineers have chosen to route their … Continue reading

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