The Gazette
Pendle and Burnley Branch
  Issue No.25 - January 2007 Acting Editor: Brenda I Hustler    


 1   Branch AGM 10  Email Addresses
 2   Obituaries 11  St John's Graveyard
 3   A Reminder 12  Help Surgery
 4   Programme 13  New Web-site
 5   Library 14  Proposed War Memorial
 6   LancashireBMD Project 15  LFHHS News
 7   Projects 16  Query Corner
 8   Diary Dates (What's on) 17  Email Addresses
 9   Diary of Jabez Stutterd - the sequel 18  Items for Publication


    The following officials are due for re-election at this year's Branch A.G.M. 

To serve for TWO years: Secretary, Treasurer, Projects Co-ordinator, Gazette Editor, Publications Officer, LancashireBMD Coordinator, Committee Members.

    Due to the death of Tony Mason, we also need a Vice-Chairman to serve for two years and a Programme Secretary, to serve for one year and we still need someone to edit and publish The Gazette. 

    Brenda Hustler (Secretary), David Hustler (Treasurer), Bob Ellis (Project Coordinator), Christine Windle (LancashireBMD Coordinator) and Mary Jackson (Committee) are all willing to stand for office again.  Christine Haworth is standing down as Publications Officer, but is willing to serve as a Committee member and we need an Editor for 'The Gazette'.

    Nominations for any of the above offices, with the consent of nominee, (in writing) should reach the Branch Secretary by one week before the AGM.

    A Nomination Sheet will be available at the January and February meetings.  Branch members are asked to propose or second those who had volunteered to continue serving on the branch committee. Remember, without a committee the branch will cease to function and all the branch resources will be returned to the Society.  At the moment we have a good committee and our branch is very successful, but it will only remain so if you support it and that means coming to the AGM.  This is your chance to contribute & express your opinions on the running of the branch.


    Sadly, we have to report the deaths of Tony Mason and Sheila Richmond, in October 2006.

    Tony had been our programme secretary for four years, a vital job in the branch.  Each year he produced a varied programme of events with interesting speakers.  In 2006, he volunteered to take on the job of Vice-Chairman, following the resignation of David Taylor.  In addition to holding two positions on the branch committee, Tony was also involved in the many sub-committees that were formed for specific events such as Open Days and the Christmas Festivities.  Tony was usually there at the beginning of the branch meeting, putting out the chairs, and at the end of the evening, putting them away again.  He quite often acted as "greeter" to the members and his cheery grin and greeting of "All right, then", will be missed by many of us.

    Sheila had been a long-standing member of the branch and served on the branch committee for many years in the capacity of branch librarian.  She did a lot of transcribing for the branch and was one of the team who undertook the project of transcribing the marriage and baptism registers for St Mary's RC Church, Burnley.  This involved going to the Church every week for many months.  In recent years, ill-health meant that she could not attend branch meetings, but she still retained her interest in the branch.

    Our sincere condolences go to their families.

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    Have you renewed your membership?   If not, then why not do it NOW? 
There was a renewal form in the NOVEMBER issue of "Lancashire" or you can get one from the branch secretary.  If you don't receive your "Lancashire" magazine in February, check that you have renewed your membership.  The magazine is only sent out to members.

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    The Programme of Events for the coming meetings is shown below and can also be viewed on this website 

   31.January.2007   Practical Evening
   21.February.2007 Postal History part 1, up to 1840 - Sarah Greenwood
   21.March.2007 A G M and Practical Evening
   18.April.2007 Postal History part 2, after 1840 - Sarah Greenwood
   16.May.2007 Outvisit - To be arranged
   30.May.2007 Practical Evening
   20.June.2007 Swiss Tour, Then and Now - Peter Marshall

Jean Ingham, Acting Programme Secretary.

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New Books ..

    LPRS No.164 Whalley volume 4 1754-1812.

    Memories of Colne (1850s) by Mrs Cryer - first issued in 1910, now reprinted 
      with more photographs supplied by Christine Bradley of Colne Library.

    Manchester As It Is (1839) - donated by Jean Ingham.


Copies of the list of the branch library holdings can be purchased at small charge.

Margaret Heap, Branch Librarian.

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    All the Birth indexes have now been checked and amended and to date all the sub-districts except Colne are on the Internet.  Of the 132 registers for Colne Births, the first 75 have now been submitted for inclusion on the web-site.  Inputting of the Death indexes for Barnoldswick, Burnley, Burnley East and Burnley West are now finished and those for Colne have been started.  Checking and amendments of the Death indexes is a slower process since the age of death is entered in addition to the year.

    Tony Foster sends his thanks to all involved in this project.

Christine Windle, Lancashire BMD Project Coordinator

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    Work on recording Memorial Inscriptions at Nelson Walton Lane Cemetery has been suspended until the better weather comes in Spring.  Volunteers will then be needed to check the transcriptions at the Cemetery.  If you would like to take part in this project, please contact either me or David & Brenda Hustler.

    Work continues on transcriptions of the registers for St Thomas's Church, Barrowford, St Mary's, Newchurch-in-Pendle and the Burial Registers for St John the Divine, Great Marsden.

    Thanks go to all those working on these projects.  If you would like to help out with any of these projects, please contact Bob Ellis, Jean Ingham or Brenda Hustler.

 Bob Ellis, Project Coordinator

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  The Memorial Hall, Chester Way, Northwich.
  Saturday 24th February 2007 10 am to 4pm Admission 1
  For more details e-mail

   Members accounts of their family history. 
   Saturday 10th February 2007, 1 pm to 4.30 pm

   Workshop - Advice & Research Session.
   Saturday 14th April 2007, 1 pm to 4.30pm

  LECTURE - details later
   Saturday June 9th 2007.  The Resource Centre, 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle

   Enquiries to , 128 Red Bank Rd, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9DZ.

  New Earswick Folk Hall. 10 am to 4 pm Saturday 10th March 2007
  Admission 1, for further details contact - 01653 628952

  Civic Hall, Dawson's Corner, Pudsey.
  Saturday 10th March 2007, 10 am to 4.30 pm

  Hulme Hall, Bolton Rd, Port Sunlight, Bebington, Wirral
  Sunday 11th March 2007 10 am to 5 pm
  Admission 2 (accompanied children under 16 free)

  Malpas Road, Northallerton, NYK DL7 8TB
  Saturday 31st March 2007 10 am to 4 pm
  Probable format - series of talks throughout the day, stalls run by local societies and family history groups and behind the scenes tours. Contact NYRO for further details Tel: 01609 777585  email:

  Cleckheaton Library, Whitcliffe Road, Cleckheaton
  Saturday 31st March 2007 10 am to 3 pm Admission Free
  Huddersfield & District FHS will be running workshops which are by ticket only, available from: Cleckheaton Library, Tel: 01274 335170  e-mail

  Wellington Rd South, Stockport. SK1 3XE
  Sunday 1st April 2007 10 am to 5 pm
  Admission 2 (accompanied children under 16 free)

  The New Auction Mart, Thirsk Rural Business Centre
  Saturday 14th April 2007 10 am to 4 pm Admission: Free

  Saturday 28th April 2007.  Details to follow

  Rheged Discovery Centre, Penrith.  Saturday 19th May 2007

  Buxton Pavilion Gdns, St John's Road, Buxton, SK17 6XN
  Saturday 26th May 2007 10 am to 5 pm
  Admission 2 (accompanied children under 16 free)

  York Race Course Admission 3.00
  Saturday 30th June 2007 10 am to 4.30 pm

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Submitted by Peter Walsh

    In my last article for the Gazette in May 2005 I wrote how I became interested in genealogy and finding the fiche on the "Diary of Jabez Stutterd" at Colne Library and transcribing it.

    The diary, although not part of my family, fascinated me, I soon realised that Jabez had two brothers, John and Thomas.  John was the Baptist Minister for Colne.  A lot of information on him was available from various books.  Thomas, however, was a mystery about whom I knew nothing until I happened to correspond with Geoff Stuttard of Leeds.  As luck would have it, Geoff was corresponding with a family in Tasmania, who had a lot of information on a Thomas Stutterd, who had two brothers called John and Jabez.  They asked if he would be interested.  Of course he was and Geoff kindly posted this information on to me.

    I mentioned in my last article how I was having difficulty getting it into some sort of order.  I may have missed something, but this is the latest on how it stands today.  "The story of Thomas Stutterd" and his descendants.


   The Stutterd family were established in the Southfield area of Pendle when Thomas was born on 2nd July 1752, but very little is known of his childhood.  It is known that he left for the Halifax area about 1770, and was involved with the Baptist Church at Salendine Nook.  He married Grace Turner, 29th March 1774 at Halifax and their first child, believed to be Mary Ann, was possibly followed by John early in 1780.  Grace died immediately after the birth of this child and Thomas married Mary Elizabeth Cordingley on 11th October 1780 at St Peter's Church, Huddersfield.

    They are believed to have had five children, Jabez, born June 1781, Hannah, 13th February 1785, Thomas, 18th April 1787, Bessy, 21st September 1789 and Joseph, 26th November 1792.  Hannah, Thomas, Bessy and Joseph were all baptized at Salendine Nook Baptist Church.

    When Thomas was 26 years old, (1778) he was employed as a clerk in the Navigation Warehouse at Sowerby Bridge. A year later he became bookkeeper for W & J Whitacre's cloth warehouse and mill at Woodhouse.  His role at the mill broadened and he was sent out on the road, buying wool and organising transport for it by wagons and pack horse.  He visited Leicester, Daventry, Coventry, Aylesbury, Rugby, Banbury and Oxford.  He also arranged the delivery of the finished cloth from Yorkshire back to the areas he had visited.  Thomas was away from home six or seven weeks at a time, staying the nights at inns with story-book names; "Three Cups," "The Mermaid," "The Bear," "The Black Boy," "The Hind," sometimes complaining of bugs that prevented him from sleeping.  Often on his travels he preached in Baptist churches and meeting houses.

    His business must have been satisfactory for on one occasion he sent home 680 with his colleague, Mr Digby.  His handwriting was neat and delicate, and he had mastered shorthand, French and Latin and kept a diary.  He made notes of the cost of maintaining troops in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, recorded sermons and wrote letters to "Dear Betsy" his wife, and to his sons, John and Jabez, who were at boarding school.  Thomas's travels often took him to Banbury.  On several occasions he made an entry in his notes: "Drank tea with Mr Gardner."  These occasions possibly led to the meeting of Jabez, his son and Elizabeth Gardner.

    Thomas died in 1815, at the age of 63, at the Crown Inn, Oxford, on one of his travels.  His funeral service was at the Baptist Church in what is now Bon Square and presumably he was buried there.  The small grave-yard adjoining the church is now used by the locals as a meeting place; the grave stones have been moved to the perimeter and are unreadable.

    Jabez, his oldest son by his second marriage, was the apple of his father's eye.  Thomas was determined that Jabez was going to have a good education and he was sent to a school set up by the well known Baptist, John Fawcett at Brierley Hall, Halifax.  After leaving school, Jabez, like his father Thomas, carried on as a wholesale woollen merchant from his warehouse in the High Street at Banbury.  From there, he made many business journeys.  Jabez married Elizabeth Gardner on March 27th 1806 at Banbury.  They had three sons, Thomas, John and Joseph Gardner and a daughter Mary Ann.  Thomas, took his family to America, John married a cousin, Elizabeth Stutterd of Yorkshire and brought her back to Banbury.

    Joseph Gardner Stutterd, the fourth child of Jabez and Elizabeth, was born March 4th 1813.  At the age of eleven he was sent as a boarder to Hadley Hall, Berkshire.  Hadley was 2 miles from Abingdon and thirty miles from Banbury.  Joseph had developed a talent for drawing and he made a drawing of Hadley Hall, showing that it was a large Georgian, three-storied house with parkland on both sides with a curved driveway.
    At the age of fourteen he left Hadley Hall and boarded at Mr. Wyatt's Finishing School for Gentleman's Sons at Weymouth in Dorset.  The school took 20 boarders and 40 day-boys.  Here Joseph was instructed in Latin, Greek Classics, Geography, Writing and Arithmetic for a fee of 25 guineas per annum and Mensuration, Algebra and Book-keeping at 2 guineas per annum.  A feature of the school was sea bathing.  The coach trip from his home at Banbury to Weymouth, a distance of 120 miles started on a Monday afternoon when he travelled the 20 miles to Oxford, staying the night at the Angel Inn.  Tuesday, after breakfast, he left by the Bath Mail for the 50 miles to Bath, staying the night at York House.  Wednesday, he left at 8-30 am for the 50 mile run to Weymouth.  His mother had given him 5 for travelling expenses plus cold meat and cake for the journey, with instructions to tip the coachman, the guards sixpence each and at each meal to tip the waiters threepence.  The coach fare was 30 shillings inside, 20 shillings outside.  During his time at the school he studied hard and earned good reports.  His drawing improved and he decided he wanted to become an architect.  He was, however, talked out of it by a friend who said, "Where one succeeds, twenty fail and remain in obscurity."

    On leaving Mr. Wyatt's school he was apprenticed to his uncles, Benjamin and James Gardner, Ironmasters of Banbury, (his mother's brothers) who were manufacturers of iron in every shape and form; farm implements, wheels and works of art in cast iron.  In addition to a large prosperous iron works with stables and a blacksmith shop, they also owned cottages for their employees.  After five years apprenticeship, Joseph became a partner in the firm.  There was a good deal of scope for his artistic talents.  He continued his art studies and painting and travelled about England and the continent, visiting towns in the Pyrenees, France and Italy.  It is possible that Joseph Gardner Stutterd (J.G.S) became friendly with the great J.M.W.Turner who was born in 1775.  The authorities of the Melbourne Art Gallery, who saw some of Joseph's work, said they were very beautiful and luminous, and showed a Turner influence.

    When Joseph joined the firm of Gardner and Sons as a partner, his Uncle Benjamin retired from the business.  One of the greatest pleasures for Benjamin and his two unmarried sisters Rebecca and Charlotte, was to play on the grand piano in their home at 18 West Bar, Banbury, a three storied house with a summerhouse and sundial in the garden.

    At the age of 24, Joseph Gardner married Jane King, daughter of George King of Farnborough Hill, Warwickshire.  They moved into a large two-storied house in Parsons Lane, Banbury.  The house consisted of two sitting rooms, dining room, kitchen, office, cellar, nursery and five bedrooms.  It had to be a large house to accommodate their collection of oil paintings, water colours, etchings, engravings and a library of valuable books that J.G.S had collected over the years, not forgetting room to accommodate their children who duly arrived year after year, as follows:-

    Elizabeth, born April 2nd 1839 - died in infancy;
    John Henry, born April 24th 1840;
    Benjamin Gardner, born May 1st 1841;
    Edward, born July 29th 1842;
    Alfred, born October 31st 1843;
    Walter, born October 7th 1845;
    Mary Jane, born December 21st 1846 - died in infancy;
    Maria, born December 25th 1847 - died in infancy;
    Thomas, born December 1849 - died in infancy;
    Charlotte Rebecca, born October 24th 1851;
    Emily, born February 8th 1853;
    Frederick, born March 27th 1857

    Joseph Gardner Stutterd prospered in the iron works and in 1844, when he was 31 years of age, he and his father, Jabez, bought out the Gardners and the business became Joseph's.  John King, the brother of George (father-in-law of JGS) had married Mary Bromley of Byfield, Northamptonshire.  The Bromley family had lived in the same house for 400 years.  John and Mary King took their young family to Van Diemen's Land and in 1832 he became the Agricultural Superintendent for the "Van Diemen Land Company" at Circular Head (now called Stanley), Tasmania.  John wrote a long letter to his brother George in which he gave a detailed account of life in the young colony.  The letter aroused so much interest it was decided to publish it and in 1833 it was published, in booklet form, 24 pages, price one shilling, by J Cross Holborn, London, and William Potter, Parsons Lane, Banbury.

    In early 1850, Joseph's thoughts turned to the colonies where land was to be had for the asking, and wonderful opportunities were open to those willing to work and endure.  Strangely, he did not feel drawn to Van Diemen's Land where John King had settled years before, it was New Zealand that attracted him.  A friend, who had settled there, returned to England to lecture on the conditions in New Zealand.  Joseph heard him and was most impressed, so he and Jane made their plans and in November 1853, they held their farewell sale of paintings, books and the grand pianoforte etc, in Parsons Lane, Banbury.  Their large comfortable house was to be sacrificed to go out to the Colonies, to battle against crude and appalling conditions in the hope of wider opportunities for their children.

    In April 1854, Joseph and Jane with their family of five sons and two daughters, Emily, the baby, being just one year old, left England for Taranaki, New Zealand.  They sailed in "The Cashmere" a 640 ton Barque, for the four month voyage down the coast of Africa, round the Cape of Good Hope, across the Indian Ocean and landed at New Plymouth, the port of Taranaki on the west coast of North Island, New Zealand.  Taranaki lies under the shadow of the snow-capped peak of Mount Egmont, and J.G.S lost no time doing a water-colour painting of it.  Their first year was very pleasant, they liked the place and the people, but then came disturbances.  There were severe and frightening earthquakes followed by a Maori war.  Joseph and Jane were concerned for the safety of their children, so in 1856 in the sailing ship "Vixen" they left for Victoria.

    It was a dreadful voyage of storms and headwinds, the ship was blown off course, and they found themselves off the river Tamer, Van Diemen's Land, where the captain offered to land them at Launceston.  They remained at Launceston for a year and during this time their last child, Frederick, was born on March 27th 1857.  Friends and relatives from Circular Head and Table Cape, (Wynyard) made them welcome, particularly John King and his wife Mary (nee Bromley) who had been there for twenty-five years by then.

    Joseph and Jane and their family decided to move to Stanley, (Circular Head) where they would be near their own kith and kin, but they did not stay there long.  A few miles east of Table Cape, settlers were in dire straits.  Everything was in a hopeless muddle.  There were no roads, laden wagons were bogged down whenever it rained, there were no barns for storing grain, no shops, little money and a system of barter was the general rule.  What an opportunity for a wealthy businessman from an English iron works!   Joseph Gardner Stutterd came to their aid.  He moved his family, for the last time, to Table Cape where he built a beautiful two storied house and named it "Araucaria."  He planted the pine trees and fruit trees in the garden and in the conservatory were white camellias, potted plants and rare ferns.

    He put up stores, barns and stables for the settlers and ordered farm tools, ploughs and supplies of all kinds from England.  The small sailing ships came and tipped their ballast of rocks into the shallow bay until it was filled in and level ground was the result.  A pier was built where ships could be loaded up with grain, potatoes and timber.  Saw mills were set up and soon fine stacks of timber were waiting for the ships on the reclaimed land by the pier.

    It must have been a very happy period for Joseph and Jane.  Their books, paintings and furnishings that they had brought out from England were unpacked at last.  Their sons were sent to school in Hobart Town by sailing ship to Launceston and then by coach, but unfortunately they could only go home during the long summer vacations.  After ten happy years at Araucaria, however, tragedy came to Joseph and Jane.  In 1867, their pretty daughter, Charlotte, who had been going to a boarding school in Geelong, was returning to school after a summer break at Table Cape.  She left in the schooner "Jane Elizabeth" for Launceston, in order to catch a ship there to Melbourne.  Sadly, the little schooner floundered in a gale off Tamer Heads, and all on board were drowned.

    Joseph and Jane were heart broken.  Joseph never recovered.  He lost all interest in life, and would sit on the shore, day after day, gazing out to sea.  In less than a year, by February 1868 at the age of 55 years, he too was dead.  Joseph was buried in the burial ground on a high bank overlooking the Inglis River.  It must have been comforting to Jane that her five elder sons were grown men when their father died, ages ranging from 22 to 28 years, the baby Frederick was not yet eleven years old.  Jane survived her husband by eleven years, and when she died, was buried next to her husband.  The old burial ground is particularly lovely, historically interesting, for all Table Cape pioneers rest there.


    Alfred Stutterd, J.P.  Born in 1843 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, son of J.G.S, became storekeeper under his father at Circular Head and Table Cape.  On the death of his father in 1868, Alfred became manager.  The firm became Stutterd Brothers and Co. (Alfred, Edward and Emily).  In 1874, they became established general merchants in Burnie and Waratah, and became the most successful firm on the North-West Coast, with a most varied and up-to-date stock.  In 1899, Alfred purchased a farm at Stowport and devoted considerable time to the management of it, cultivating potatoes and vegetables on a large scale.  He was appointed a justice of the peace on August 2nd 1897, and was elected a member of the Town Board of Burnie in 1898.  He married Kate Berjew, daughter of the late Mr John Berjew, at Circular Head in 1876 and they had two sons and two daughters.

    Edward Stutterd, J.P.  Born in 1842 in Banbury, Oxfordshire.  On completion of his education, Edward assisted his father, J.G.S, in the management of the store.  On the death of his father, in 1868, he became a partner and the store was re-named Stutterd Brothers and Co.  In 1875 a branch was opened at Burnie.  The Wynyard branch was closed in 1896.  Edward was largely interested in farming and was the proprietor of considerable area of land on the coast.  He was interested in politics, a member of the Table Cape Road Trust and held the position of treasurer for seventeen years.  He was a member of the Table Cape Marine Board for twenty years, treasurer of the Wynyard Town Hall Committee, was returning officer for the district of Wellington and was president of the Wynyard Cricket Club.

    Joseph Hubert Stutterd.  The eldest son of John Henry Stutterd, (eldest son of Joseph and Jane) was born and educated at Wynyard.  After leaving school, he was, for some fourteen years, with his uncle Edward Stutterd in the storekeeping business.  He was a member of the Table Cape Lodge and occupied the post of Past Noble Grand Master.  He was married in 1899 to Jeanette Slater, daughter of John Slater.  His brother, Henry Gladstone Stutterd, was also a native of Wynyard.  After leaving school, he became a teacher for a time, then he joined his brother and his two sisters Mary and Charlotte in the firm of General Storekeepers, Produce and Grain Merchants, started in Wynyard in 1898.

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    Many of you will be aware that the graveyard at St John's Church, Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, has been "over-run" with Japanese Knotweed.  "The Friends of St John's Churchyard" was formed in early 2005 and they have instigated work to eradicate the knotweed and make the graveyard tidy.  The following advertisement appeared in the December 1st, 2006 issue of the Nelson Leader. 



This is to give notice that the following work is to be carried out at St John's Churchyard, Great Marsden, on Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, Lancashire.

Removal of all kerbstones on graves to enable land to be levelled and re-seeded with a low maintenance grass seed. There is no time limit on this work which will continue as elimination of the Japanese Knotweed permits.

Any objections to this work should be sent in writing to The Secretary, 18 Ridgeway, Wheatley Springs, Barrowford, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 8QP by Friday, 12th January, 2007

    Some of you, particularly our distant members, may have missed seeing it.  Although the response date is now passed, I am sure the secretary will not be averse to receiving any replies or comments after the 12th January.  Perhaps some of you may consider joining the Friends of St John's Churchyard.  They need to raise funds to continue with their work and would welcome any support, financial or otherwise.  Donations towards the cost of their work should be sent to the Secretary - address as above.

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    A suggestion has been made, that the branch should run a monthly/weekly Wednesday morning help desk at Colne Library.  It has been decided that for a trial period, a help desk will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 12 noon and that it will be open to the general public.  A rota system of helpers will be needed to make this work.  Volunteers to man the help desk should give their names to Jean Ingham so that she can formalise a team.  The first session will be on Wednesday, January 24th 2007.

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"Burnley in the Great War"

    Andrew Gill has recently launched a web site which may be of interest to our members.  The aim of the site is to gather as much information as possible on the men from the town who served in the Great War and also the effects on the town.  Although still in its early stages the site already has alphabetical listings of all the men who were killed and this is now being consolidated with more personal information on these men i.e. where they are buried, age, date of death etc. (this is now complete for all men whose name began with the letter "A" and about half of the "B's").

    As around 3800 men from Burnley & district were killed during the war this will be one of the largest databases of its type relating to an individual town on the web.  There are also sections on individual memorials in the town and photographs of Burnley soldiers.

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    Fred Stringer, a local historian, is compiling a database of names to be included on the proposed new war memorial for Nelson.  He would like the names of any Nelsonian who lost his or her life in a conflict since the end of the Second World War.  Anyone with relatives or friends, who lost their lives in conflicts and would like to see their names on the memorial please contact at Crantock, Halifax Road, Nelson, BB9 0EG

    To date Fred has the following numbers of names:
Boer War - 1, WW1 - 850, WW 2 - 250, Korean War - 1

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Chairman's Summary,  Winter 2006/7

    Welcome to this the third of my summaries.  I hope all the members of the Society, whether in Lancashire or out of the county are finding them helpful and informative.

    Since my last summary, we have had a number of things happening in the Society.  One of the more important was the members' meeting at Astley Hall, Chorley.  It was here that we looked at your Society and questioned "Where are we going."   After this extremely helpful meeting, I pulled together a small group to look at what was brought up.  We hope to put some challenging proposals to the Executive at our February meeting.  The branch representative will bring them back to the branches for consideration to be put before the AGM in May 2007.  I hope that you will take an interest in looking at these plans.

    The Society Dinner, organised by the Blackburn & Darwen branch was a great success.  Peter Park spoke informatively and amusingly on "A different look at the records."  The Whitehall Hotel, provided an excellent meal.  The Hyndburn branch was asked to organise the Society Dinner for 2007.  Can I encourage members to attend if at all possible.

    In the November executive meeting these following items were agreed and the decisions that were made:-

We were informed by the Blackburn & Darwen Branch, that they had received a grant towards their expenses concerning the work they are doing on the Lancashire BMD.

The new and updated fiche catalogue is now on the society website.

 1 Pip Cowling our membership secretary informed us that we have had an increase in new members, this is great news.  Along with the new membership form that was in the November copy of Lancashire, UK members are now able to pay by credit card.  We are working hard to enable our overseas members to be able to do the same next year
 2 The Straits committee will soon be starting work on fitting out the centre so we can use it to a greater capacity.
 3 As a society we have been approached by the British library to ask if our society website can be preserved for posterity.  The Executive agreed this request and complimented Fred Moor on his unstinting work on the website, and this request is a great testimony to his work.

    Thank you for your support as members and please if you have any comments, you can contact me at

    As a Stop Press, also reported in "Lancashire", we have sadly had to accept the resignation of Pip Cowling as the Society Membership Secretary, this is due to family circumstances.  Pip, in the three years she has been Membership Secretary, has input greatly into the Society.  She has been willing to travel to attend committee meetings here in Lancashire, even though she travels from Bradford in Yorkshire.  We are sorry to see her go, but understand the reasons.

    The Society, therefore, needs a new membership secretary, to take over at the AGM in May, help will be given to acquaint any volunteer with the system in use and Pip will be available, for a while, to give advice.  Any interested person should contact Pip at

Exhibitions & Fairs

    In my other role as Exhibitions and Fairs Co-ordinator, I wish to bring to your attention the Fairs that the Society will be attending in 2007, so far, they are:-

    Pudsey,  Saturday 10th March
    Stockport,  Sunday 1st April
    York,  Saturday 30th June
    Southport,  Saturday 25th August

    If any member of the society wishes to help at any of these fairs, they will be most welcome, just contact me at

Stephen John Ward, Chairman, LFH&HS

Letter of praise from a distant member

    As Chair of LFHHS, you will already be aware that the ladies - and they are mostly ladies - who act as Secretaries to the Branches do an excellent job.  Each time that I have asked for help from a Branch I have received a warm, courteous and helpful response.  The Society is fortunate to have the services of these dedicated and enthusiastic ladies.

    Editor - This also applies to several other members of our branch, gentlemen and ladies alike.  Thank you for the help that you all so readily give to others.

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    If you have, send me an e-mail with a subject line of "e-mail address confirmation" and just put you name in the body of the message.  Send it to


When the last issue of 'The Gazette' was posted out by e-mail, several messages "bounced" and were returned as undeliverable.  If you have changed your e-mail address, please inform me.

    If you have your research interests posted on the branch website please check that you have the correct address listed (try sending an e-mail to the address on the list).  The research names of a few members have had to be removed from the members' interests pages on the website, because their e-mail address are 'bouncing'.  If your interests are not on the website and you think they should be, is it because you have changed your e-mail address without telling me ?

Brenda I Hustler, Branch Secretary


Items for publication should be sent to the Acting Editor - , 49 Stone Edge Road, Barrowford, Nelson Lancashire BB9 6BB



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