The Gazette
Pendle and Burnley Branch
  Issue No.30 - April 2008 Acting Editor: Brenda I Hustler    


 1   Branch Officers & A.G.M 12  Skeleton in the Birtwistle Cupboard
 2   LFHHS Annual Conference 13  Find the Lady
 3   Journal Binders 14  Residents in Pendleton (Whalley)
 4   Resource Centre 15  Message from Canada
 5   Programme 16  Baldwin Family Tree
 6   Library 17  Bloore Society
 7   LancashireBMD Project 18  GRO Open Days
 8   Projects 19  Society & Branch News
 9   Diary Dates (What's on) 20  Query Corner
10  Help Tutorials 21  Items for publication
11  Skeleton in the Birtwistle Cupboard

BRANCH OFFICERS, 2008-2009  


Chairman Jean Ingham Vice Chairman
Secretary Brenda Hustler Treasurer David Hustler
Librarian Margaret Heap Minutes Secretary Margaret Heap
Programme Secretary Projects Coordinator Bob Ellis
Publications Officer Gazette Editor
LancashireBMD coordinator Christine Windle Executive Liaison Officer David Hustler
Committee Members Christine Haworth Mary Jackson Janet Knowles
John Lustig Geoff Riley Moira Whittaker



    We had an excellent attendance at the branch AGM, in March.  Jean, our chairman, gave a report of the branch activities throughout the past year and the secretary and treasurer also gave their reports to the meeting.  Briefly, the branch continues to prosper.  It is sound financially and although there were several non-renewals of membership, the branch now has 175 members.  Overall, we have had a busy year with both Speaker's evenings and practical evenings well attended.  An exhibition on family history was mounted at Burnley library prior to the "Open Day" held there in November. 

    Once again an appeal was made for members to fill the vacant positions on the branch committee and once again there were no volunteers to fill these posts.  A proposal was put to the meeting that there should be a maximum tenure of office on the committee of 6 years - as established in the society's offices.  This proposal was defeated.  The treasurer gave advance notice that he will not be seeking re-election next year.

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Saturday 17th May 2008 at The University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Arrival and assemble for coffee at 9.15 for 10 am prompt start to the conference

    Speakers - Bill Taylor, Anne Batchelor and Edna O'Hara and Kath Thomas.  The A.G.M. will begin at approximately 3.45 pm and should finish by 4.30 pm.  Full details and booking form were published in the February edition of "Lancashire."  There is more to the Society than just a social night out at a branch meeting.  It is your Society and this is your opportunity to come and have your say on how the Society is run.  Many changes are taking place within the Family History World and you should try to attend the A.G.M. to see where the Society is heading and to contribute to its future.  Application forms should be sent to Derrick Walkden, 2 Butterlands, Preston, Lancs, PR1 5TJ before 26th April 2008.

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    Jean, our chairman, and Margaret, our librarian, are both on the sick list having sustained injuries to themselves in recent weeks. We wish them both a speedy recovery.

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    The resource centre is now open every Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 5 pm.

    More volunteers are needed to staff the centre so that it can be opened on other days, possibly Saturday or Sunday.  If you have not already been to visit the LFHHS Resource Centre, it is near to Oswaldtwistle Mills.  The following is a link for a map of the area:

    If you would like to volunteer to help out, please contact or see Brenda or David Hustler.

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

       30.April Practical Evening
       21.May Out-Visit to Skipton Castle (now fully booked)
       18.June Marking our Past, Burnley Heritage Sites - Brian Hall
       16 July Practical Evening - Colne main street will be closed to traffic, due 
  to the Cycle Racing.  Approach the library from the valley road.
       30.July Transported! - The two boys from Burnley - David Wiseman
       20 August Open Night & Practical Evening
        3.September Out-Visit to Lancashire Record Office
  (Limited number of places, pre-booking essential)
       17.September Early Loom-shops - Kathy Fishwick

Jean Ingham, Acting Programme Secretary.

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    New acquisitions received for the Library

    Transcriptions from the Wharfedale Family History Group and the Keighley Family History Society.  These are mainly Memorial Inscriptions but some are baptisms, marriages and burials.

    Areas covered are Addingham, Bolton Abbey, Draughton, Fewston, Gargrave, Guiseley, Hubberholme, Kettlewell, Linton in Craven, Otley, Skipton, Haworth, Oakworth, and other villages in Craven.

Margaret Heap, Branch Librarian.

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    The remaining Padiham and Pendle deaths have been checked in readiness for the Internet.  A start has been made on the Non-Conformist marriages.  All the indexes for the C of E marriages have been photocopied and the majority of them transcribed. 

    Many thanks to all involved in this project, especially to those who have taken over my work when I have been unavailable.

Christine Windle, Lancashire BMD Project Coordinator

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    Work continues on the transcriptions of the registers for St Mary's, Newchurch-in-Pendle; the Burial Registers, Grave Books and Receipt Books for St John's, Great Marsden; the baptisms for Holy Trinity, Burnley; and Baptisms for St Mary's, Nelson.

    Thanks go to all those working on these projects. Will anyone interested in working on branch projects, please contact me.

 Bob Ellis, Project Coordinator

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All meeting are held at The LFHHS Resource Centre, 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle on Saturdays

    Speaker Fergus O'Connor, Saturday 14th June 2008, 1 pm to 4.30 pm

    Enquiries to Miss , 128 Red Bank Road, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9DZ


    'Centre in the Park', Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Avenue, Sheffield S2 2PL 
    Saturday 26 April 2008, 10 am to 4 pm.  Admission Free


    Friday 2nd May 2008, 10am - 6pm
    Saturday 3rd May 2008, 10am - 6pm
    Sunday 4th May 2008, 10am - 5pm

    Adult (16+), 18.00;  Child (6-15), 5.00;  Ticket Hotline 0871 230 1091


    21st Birthday Celebration Saturday May 10th 2008, 10 am to 4 pm 
    The Quayside Suite, Huddersfield University 
    Admission 1, Children free 


    Buxton Pavilion Gardens, St John's Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN 
    Saturday May 24th, Time: 10am to-5pm 
    Admission 2 (accompanied children under 16 free) 


    The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York 
    Saturday 28th June 2008, 10am to 4.30pm 
    Admission 4 per person 


    Gateshead International Stadium 
    Saturday 13th September 2008, 10 am to 4.30 pm 
    Admission 3.00, Accompanied Children under 15 Free 


    The Milton Rooms, MALTON, North Yorkshire 
    Saturday, 20th September 2008, 10 am to 4 pm 


    Also celebrating 08 Liverpool Capital of Culture St George's Hall, Liverpool 
    Saturday 1st November 2008, Admission 2, Under 16 free 

    Further information contact NW Group of FHS, 23 School Fold, 
        Hesketh Bank, West Lancs, PR4 6RE 

    email treasurer @ Liverpool 

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    As we now have several members who are new to family history, we are having a short tutorial lasting about 20 minutes at every branch meeting.  This is held during the research time, after the speaker.

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Submitted by Tim Crossley

    For the past few years I have been researching the Birtwistle family of Colne and Trawden, my mother being a Birtwistle.  I was especially interested in the life of my grandfather's great-uncle, Peter Birtwistle, who willed a great deal of money to Colne at his death in 1927.  This money was held in trust for 21 years before being released to the Council in 1948, whereupon the Peter Birtwistle Trust began a programme of building houses for the aged and deserving poor, as well as setting up the Peter Birtwistle Centre on Keighley Road.  Peter also bequeathed a 4 carat diamond ring, the stone of which is now set in the Chain of Office of the Mayoress of Pendle.  The research into Peter is still on going, although I have placed a work-in-progress piece in the branch library.

    I thought, however, I should tie up a few loose ends regarding Peter's brother, Edward, who was my great-great Grandfather.  The reason behind this is that since coming to the branch meetings I have met a descendant of Peter's sister Jane, Mrs Pat Colman, from a branch of the family that I had heard about but did not know existed into the twenty-first century.

    I had checked the FreeBMD site and knew that Edward died in the last quarter of 1895, so instead of paying for a death certificate, I decided to look in the pages of the Colne Times to find out whether there was an obituary notice.  Sure enough, there was a brief note of his death, published on the 18th October, saying that he died on the 29th September.  The three week gap between his death and the notice in the paper intrigued me, so I began to trawl through the issues of The Colne Times between the dates mentioned.  The reason was there, on the 11th October, my own family skeleton in the cupboard emerged, and below is a transcript of the paper's report:


    About seven o'clock on Tuesday night the police received intimation of a sad and fatal affair at Trawden.  It seems that P.C.Stables was appraised of the fact that a man named Edward Birtwistle, well-known in Trawden and Colne, had happened a fatal accident, and on going to his house the constable found the body of Birtwistle lying face downwards at the foot of the stairs with the feet on the staircase.  He was quite dead and from the awful state of the body it was conjectured that he had been dead some days.  It was stated that his body was not fit to look upon so far had decomposition taken its hold.  Deceased had for a short time been living alone, his wife having died some two years ago.  The news of the occurrence quickly spread throughout the neighbourhood, and a good number of curious people gathered round the house, which is situated on the roadside close to the Primitive Methodist Chapel.  It was stated that the reason why he was not looked after was that until inquiries had been made at Colne, his friends at Trawden thought he was drinking at Colne, and his relations at Colne had an idea he was at Trawden.  An inquiry at a certain place caused a man to ask another to "come and look through ' Ned o' Burt's' window, he has not been seen for mony a day."


    The inquest was held yesterday morning (10th October 1895) at the Sun Inn, Trawden, before Mr. Coroner Robinson.  Mr Hindle was foreman of the jury.  James Riley, warp dresser, Back-lane, Trawden, was the first witness.  He said he was deceased's son and identified the body.  Deceased was a cutlooker, and was 49 years of age.  He lived alone at 99, Colne-road, Trawden.  Witness last saw him alive a fortnight ago last night.  Deceased was a man who took a good deal of drink at times.  He had been working all the week up to the time witness saw him.  Witness had not heard of him being missing.

    P.C.Stables said he went at 6-50 on Tuesday night (8th October 1895) to the man's house.  Somebody had seen the deceased through the window.  Witness burst the door open, the key being inside, and the window fastened.  Deceased was laid at the bottom of the stairs.  His feet were on the stairs and his head on the floor.  There was a drop of blood on the fourth step as if he had struck that step first.  There was a curve at the top of the stairs, and he appeared to have taken the curve and fallen.  His neck, face and breast were very much decomposed. 

The Coroner: How came it he never was missed?

Witness: He was a man who occasionally struck spree and went out of the neighbourhood.  Deceased had been working all the week up to the Saturday dinner time previous to death (28th September 1895).

   Mary Spencer, Dent House Farm, Trawden, said she saw the deceased last on Sunday, Sept.29th at 2-20 in the afternoon.  He was entering his own house.  Another man, a stranger to witness, followed deceased in.  Witness could not say what state deceased was in because she only caught sight of his back.
    The Coroner then asked P.C.Stables was deceased dressed.  Witness said he was, and that his cap was on the bed, which seemed to point out that he had been laid down.

The Coroner: What was the nature of the injuries?

Witness: His neck appears to have been broken and there was a wound on his forehead through apparently having struck the step in falling. He seemed to have been dead ever since Sunday week. 

    The Coroner said it seemed to be quite clear that the man had come to his death by falling downstairs and breaking his neck.  The jury returned a verdict of  "Accidental death."

Colne & Nelson Times, 18th October 1895, p5, col5

    So this is the fate of the brother of Colne's Benefactor.  This story is not in my immediate family's oral tradition, and was news to the family members that I have spoken to.  It is quite probable that the reason they did not know anything about their ancestor, was that Edward's son, also called Edward, was a Trustee at Providence Independent Methodist Church, Waterside, and most likely felt that in this case, ignorance is bliss.

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Submitted by Diana & Rod Moorhouse

    While browsing through a box of old postcards, set out on a stall on Preston market last July, we found several mounted, portrait photographs of people from the late Victorian period.  As we are also interested in the backs of these old mounts we turned each one over in the hope of finding additional information.  Based on previous experience we hoped to find beautifully designed graphics telling us about the photographer or perhaps a handwritten name or even an address.  To our amazement the back of a one particular photograph of an elderly lady, revealed a beautifully engraved design advertising 'A Moorhouse, photographer,' and his business details.  As we both have Moorhouse ancestors who lived in the Burnley, Pendle and Craven districts we had to buy this little gem.  Later we found another splendid portrait of a young lady wearing a fine dress.  Unfortunately there was no information on the back of this mount but the front bore the title 'J Watson' and 'Padiham' we also bought this well preserved photograph.

    Recently we looked at these photographs again and our interest in the mystery ladies was renewed. We would welcome contact from anyone who may recognise these portraits and in exchange for a little information about their connections would gladly return them to their descendants. We would also be grateful to hear from anyone who might have information about 'A Moorhouse, Photographer'.

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Submitted by Paul Sutcliffe

    Here is a research guide to the most frequently recurring names in Pendleton village since 1570.  It is perhaps of interest to people whose relations lived in the area as there are obviously later family connections to the area around Pendleton including Clitheroe, Accrington, Blackburn, Rochdale etc and the surrounding villages.  There are, to my knowledge, relatives of the Slinger, Cowperthwaite, Mitchell, Dawson, Duerden and Lund families still living in the area of Pendleton.

    Common family names

Surname 1)      2) 3)
Ashworth 1757-1841  
Birtwell, Bertwell 1772-1841  
Boothman 1674-1807  
Bowker, Bouker 1654-1794  
Brammerley, Bramley 1763 -1812  
Cambel, Campbell, Camel 1762-1881  
Chalk 1792  
Clarkson 1754  
Cockshut 1768 (Standen Hey) PAS
Cowperthwaite 1871-1901 PAS
Darren 1775  
Dawson 1712-1891 PAS
Duerden 1778-1841 PAS
Edmondson 1787  
Ellil, Ellel 1654  
Ellis 1792-1891 PAS
Hargreaves 1587-1851 PAS
Hayhurst 1725  
Higgin 1756-1841  
Hindle 1756-1841  
Surname 1)      2) 3)
Ingham 1682-1841  
Leach 1691-1787  
Lund 1841-1901 PAS
Mitchell 1796-1901 PAS
Morris 1755-1841  
Nuttal 1754-1851  
Nutter 1722-1891 PAS
Parkinson 1803-1851  
Peel 1759-1901 PAS
Pilkington 1799-1841  
Riding 1758  
Riley 1701-1841  
Robinson 1789  
Schofield 1789-1881  
Slater, Scleater 1764  
Slinger 1797-1901 PAS
Sutcliffe 1754-1851  
Thornber 1841-1901 PAS
Whitaker 1756 -1851  
Wilkinson 1708-1891 PAS

    1) The first date is always the earliest reference I can find either to a burial, baptism or wedding of a person of the same family name resident in Pendleton. 
    Dates before 1753 are taken from "The Registers of Clitheroe, 1570-1680" LPRS 144.
    Dates after 1753 are taken from "The Registers of Whalley vol:4:1754-1812" LPRS 164

    2) The further dates are contingent upon evidence of the family name in the later census records of 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901.

    3) PAS means that someone of that name is buried at Pendleton All Saints.

    Time scale is the end of nineteenth and twentieth century up until 1960-70.  I have only concentrated on the family names which seem to have had some kind of long-term residence in the area.  The surrounding villages or hamlets of Wiswell, Sabden, Great Mitton, etc. are not included, although many of these names are also certainly common there and in many cases, are the families of people who moved from Pendleton.

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    The following message was received recently from Malcolm McIvor, in Canada.

    "My wife and I were researching in the library of the Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogy Group (UOVGG) in Pembroke, Ontario last week and came across this reference to the death of a young Sabden lady in Canada in 1856.  Perhaps some of your society members would be interested in it ..

Hamilton Christian Messenger: 24th July 1856 Death: FOSTER

    Martha Foster, born Sabden, Lancashire, England 12th September 1835, dd.19th July 1856 at father's residence near here. Came to Canada and Brentford in 1844."

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Submitted by Keith Baldwin

    I have in my possession a copy of a family tree compiled by a Russell Stephenson (date unknown).  It charts the descendants of Jonathan & Sybil Baldwin of Settle, Yorkshire and the illegitimate son Thomas, of their daughter Elizabeth.  Members of Thomas's family founded the well known Burnley firm of W & J Baldwin (Brushmakers).

    The surnames occurring in this tree are as follows: - Arnold,  Bannister,  Booth,  Clayton,  Davenport,  Dixon,  Farrar,  Fletcher,  Flood,  Hargreaves,  Howarth,  Jepson,  Leigh,  Lobley,  Lord,  McMurray,  Medley,  Pickard,  Pickthall,  Price,  Proctor,  Rawlinson,  Scholfield,  Smith,  Standing,  Stephenson,  Stonehouse,  Tattersall,  Tomblin,  Towler  &  Westall. 

    If any member would like more information please email

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    The Family History Society for anyone with BLOORS,  BLOORES,  BLORES,  BLEWERS, etc. in their Family Tree, will hold their next meeting at The Wellington Street Community Centre in Dresden Street, off Commercial Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3QG on Saturday, May 10th, 2008.  Parking at the Centre is limited, but there are plenty of spaces in the streets nearby. 

   For more information, contact

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    The Certificate Services Branch of the GRO will be holding Open Days, on Saturday 7th June 2008 and Saturday 14th June 2008, giving members of the public a chance to find out more about how birth, death and marriage certificates are produced and see inside the Victorian building which is the home of Civil Registration for England and Wales. 

    Visitors to the Open Days will be given the opportunity to:
      Take a tour of the GRO site in Southport and see a demonstration of the certificate production processes:
      View exhibitions from various Family History Organisations including The National Archives:
      View and discuss issues with other business areas of GRO:
      Attend talks on various topics connected with GRO and other organisations.

    All places need to be booked well in advance.  If you are interested in attending on either of the above dates contact: Certificate Services Contact Centre Tel: 0151 471 4508 or 0151 471 4530 8 am to 4 pm - Monday to Friday.


    Message from Ian Hartas regarding scam websites trying to hijack the freebmd, ukbmd websites by using similar names but with different suffixes.  It has been brought to my attention that there are a growing number of scam web sites that are trying to hijack users who are actually trying to visit the legitimate versions. 
    Amongst the scam sites are:

There are subtle, but significant differences between these names and the real ones, which are respectively:

    There are several others, all along the same style, simply adding an extra 'dot' or changing the domain type from "" into ".com"

    My guess is that any site that ends in "" i.e. with a dot in front of the "bmd" is likely to be a scam, as this part of the web site name is known as the domain name and it can be prefixed by any other text, such as www.cheshire as in the example above.  As UKBMD aims to link to all available genuine BMD and census web sites, my recommendation is simply that you add the UKBMD's site address into your "Favorites" list on your browser and then you can be assured that you will only be shown valid web sites.

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      The National Archives (TNA) has agreed free online access to the birth, marriage and death indexes but only at the TNA.  They are also available on but you have to subscribe to see the indexes.

      FamilyHistoryOnline data, previously managed by the Federation of FHS under their pay per view system was merged with about a year ago.  Findmypast has now been acquired by Scotland Online who also manage Scotland's People.  The FFHS has been assured that the terms and spirit of the contract with will be unchanged as a result of the merger.  LFHHS did not join the pay per view system of the FFHS when it was instigated because, at the time, LFHHS considered that the terms of the contract were unsatisfactory.

      Radio 4 Tracing your Roots programme - CDs available of the first three programmes from the first series.  If you would like a copy of the CD's send a large (preferably padded) self-addressed envelope to:
    Tracing Your Roots (CD's), Zone 3.05, BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay, Glasgow G20 8NS
    Postage will be paid by 'Tracing Your Roots'

      A new historical television series made by Doghouse Films for Channel 5 called "County Secrets" is being researched.  For each county the researcher is requesting help with either suggesting secrets or contacts of people or organisations who may be able to help.

    Areas of investigation include an architectural gem, a geographical or landscape gem, a county specific factual/historical curiosity, a social history secret, a royal/monarchy secret and a historical conflict/strife/battle secret.

    Contact Hannah Ward, Assistant Producer, County Secrets Tel 0117 9422 925 / 07813 753 532

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    A half-day workshop and tutorial is being held at the Society's Research and Resource Centre, 2 Straits, Oswaldtwistle on Saturday May 3rd 2008, 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm, entitled "Getting the Most out of Ancestry."

Places are limited and need to be booked in advance.  To book a place contact quoting your membership number.

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Saturday opening dates - Office open from 10 am. to 4 pm

   2008 10 May 14 June 12 July
   9 August 13 September 11 October
   8 November 13 December

LANCAT - Lancashire RO online catalogue is now available at ..

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    Binders for your 'Lancashire' journal are on sale only 3.50 each, see David Hustler


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


Have you got one?   Have you changed it?

    If you have, send an e-mail with a subject line of "e-mail address confirmation" and put you name in message.  Send it to .  If your members interests are posted on the branch website, it is absolutely essential that you inform us of any change of e-mail address.  If your address "bounces", your interests will have to be removed from the website.     At every posting of 'The Gazette' by e-mail, several messages are returned as undeliverable, because members have changed their e-mail address.

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2008 LFH&HS Pendle and Burnley Branch