The original mill village was built for the workers at the mills owned by Thomas Aitkin. Now, 200 years later you can still see the village, much as it was.
Bowker Street in 1908 Bowker Street in 2008
The area known as the Village Green is behind the cottages on the left shown in the pictures above and has been an open space used by residents and visitors to the village since 1833.
The Village Green is designated as a "playground" on the Mario Lancashire Definitive Map and the mill owners built swings and roundabouts on this land. I believe the roundabout was provided to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.
WE WILL BE CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE QUEEN'S CORONATION THIS YEAR!!
The views we have of the village on this page show a more recent history of our maintenance and use.
The land was purchased by a company called Tilerock in the mid 1980's for building. However, this is a Conservation Area and residents have fought such a development. The landowner, represented by a Haworth and Nuttall Solicitor, is continuing to say that the land can only be used with permission but this has never been sought by the thousands of people who have walked across it, had picnics on it or those who come to sit and enjoy the views. Once (and only once), the Residents' Association minuted their thanks for the use of the land to raise a bonfire. This was a courtesy and not a request for permission but Lancashire County Council (Town and Greens Sub-committee) thought other wise! The developer won the day and since has tried to impose a number of inappropriate changes to the village green. Thank you Lancashire CC (Town and Greens Sub-committee).
It is November 2010 and even though planning permission will never be granted, the landowner (represented by a Haworth and Nuttall Solicitor), who we would say is a poor neighbour, continues to make the life of the residents very difficult, even to the extent of sending workmen to dig up parts of the Village Green and demanding that we should remove the Wishing Well from the playground. We intend to hold our resolve against tactics that we feel are unfair and against the greater good.
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You will see from the attached pdf file below how residents and visitors used the Village Green space to walk, play on the swings and roundabout, grow vegetables in their allotments and have barbecue parties. No change there then.