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From the 1920's garages started to become popular as the motor vehicle industry grew. As more and more people bought a motor car, so more and people wanted a garage to put them in.

Garage plots were scattered all over Rishton, some have gone and some remain. The decline of the garage has come about with the massive sales of motor vehicles and the electronic alarms they now have. The old open top motor vehicle were easy to drive away, so were garaged, now with so many cars on the road and the great advancement in security system, people no long feel the need to house their cars.

People who have garages now tend to keep caravans and trailers in them, and other odds and ends, even garages built on houses aren't used for the storage of motor vehicles! Most people preferring to jump straight in their car in a morning rather than opening and shutting garage doors, and having to reverse out etc.

In 1954, Rishton Urban District Council decided to inspect houses in the town to which of them were suitable for building garages on after an increasing number of planning applications were recieved.1

A detailed list of the work to tidy up the Dunkenhalgh Garage areas at Holt Street,  was submitted Rishton Area Council on the 20th April 2005. This included a number of areas as well as Holt Street. Whilst good work had been achieved, there were some sites still in need of attention and pressure would continue to be put on the Dunkenhalgh Estate to resolve this.


Frank & Eva Belch with their Grandson Roy, working their allotment in Tottleworth approx 1965.

Allotments were popular during the wars for growing your own vegetables and flowers. If money could be saved growing your own potatoes, then there was more money to spend on meat and sugar which were rationed.

In 1937 the yearly rent for an allotment was 2 5s 0d (2.25) which, to me, seems quite a lot of money then!

The Dig For Victory Campaign was received from the Ministry of Agriculture on the 14th November 1940 by the Urban District Council, and was referred to the Allotments Sub-Committee.

The Council resolved that the recommendation of the Allotments Sub-Committee, held on the 26th August 1943, be adopted:- "That the County Education Committee be requested to permit the taking off of the corner of the New Council School fencing to permit entry of vehicles to Goosey Butts Allotments."

The thanks of the Council were expressed to the Chairman of the Allotments Association and all the officials concerned in the organisation of the recent successful Vegetable Show on the 9th September 1943.

The full story of the Dig for Victory campaign can be found here.

On the 9th October 1947, it was reported by The Chairman of Rishton Council, upon a meeting of the Allotments Sub-Committee, held earlier in the evening, and it was recommended that the land previously used for allotments on Woodside Avenue be returned to the Dunkenhalgh Estate and part of the land used as allotments at the rear of Harwood Road be added to the Recreation Ground. It was further recommended that a meeting of the Allotment holders throughout the area be called to discuss the installation of  water.

The Surveyor reported on an interview with allotment tenants on Parker Street on the 21st May 1953, with regard to a caravan being situate on one of the plots. It was resolved by the Council that the tenant be informed that the caravan must be removed within one month.


The List

This page, I am sure, will change a lot over time, as plots are remembered and found. Thanks to those who have remembered plots which I have missed, and have emailed me the sites.

Albert Street, Garages - Demolished, Now a playing field and park next to the Methodist School. Eric Allen also had a workshop here, I assume before he bought Holt Street garage (former Methodist Sunday school site at the back of the Hermitage)

Walmsley Street, Garages - Butting up to the end of Albert Mill. The grass area on Walmsley Street park was once a garage plot as well, but the garages were demolished for the park to be built.

Spring Street, Garages - Demolished, sat on land which is now the council estate.

Gooseybutts, Allotments and Garages - At land at the bottom of Stourton Street. In July 1935, The council Surveyor reported that he had examined the main and wicket gates to Goosey Butts Allotments, and found them, in his opinion, beyond repair. He then further reported that he had accordingly ordered new gates to be made and fixed by Mr. J. Clarke.

A fence was built round Gooseybutts Allotments in Haworth's field, on the 14th May 1938, to stop the cattle from reaching over.

Holt Street, Allotments and Garages - Garages demolished, sat on land which is now Peters Row. The allotments are still existing. They run from the end of Talbot Street and run round the North side of Hermitage Street, down to the junction with Tottleworth Road.

On the 6th April 1939, Mr. R. Heap applied to erect a trade sign on Holt Street allotments, which was approved by Rishton Urban District Council subject to a satisfactory position being found. I think that Mr. Heap owned the Park View Nursery on Park Road in the town, but I am not sure.

Back Talbot Street, Garages and Allotments - Still existing. These stretch from Holt Farm, towards Talbot Street, they then follow the back of Talbot Street and end mid way. Some of these allotments contain Shaw Brook, which flooded and ruined the plots.

Parker Street, Garages and Allotments - Running round the back of Parker Street, and adjoining Holt Street Recreation ground. They run all the way up to the site of the former Victoria Mill (now Scapa) and carry on along the top edge of Holt Street Rec were it adjoins the fields.

Tottleworth Road Allotments - Still existing. The first "pen" that you come to as you walk towards Tottleworth from Rishton has its own well in the far corner. There is a dirt track at the end of this pen that leads to the rest of the allotments behind it, As you walk down this the well should become visible, if it isn't overgrown, on the left.

Fielding Street and Wharf Street Garages - The garages on the top of Fielding Street are still standing, whereby the garages which were on the West Side of Wharf Street have been demolished and houses have now been built in their place.

Fielding Street Allotments - Still existing. These allotments run down the rear of Fielding Street to the South.

Butler Street Allotments and Garages - Previously sited along the Eastern side of Butler Street. The plots consisted mainly of allotments, but at the Southern end, at the bottom of Fielding Street, there were one or two garage plots. The site is now covered with houses, and the street was named Barn Meadow Crescent.

Norfolk Street Allotments - Still existing. These are at the end of Norfolk Street, off Harwood Road, and although some have been built on, some of them still exist.

Harwood Road Garages - These are at the back of Harwood Road on the West side, and are linked to Church Street.

Harwood Road Allotments -  Situated behind the latter end of Harwood Road and Norden View, they are accessible off Daniel Street, and are still in use today. These are known as "Clarke Land" due to the location being behind the brickworks and the Clarke's family home at Norden.

Saint Pauls Street Garage site.

Saint Paul's Road Garages - Still existing. Garage area, which runs behind Harwood road, Peters Street, and Church Street. Contains approximately 40 garages.

Commercial Street Garages - Situated between Spring Street and Commercial Street towards the far end of Commercial Street as it comes to meet Danvers Street. Possibly known as Lord Street garages, as they are on the lowest portion of Lord Street which is how the site is accessed.

In the 1920's this portion of land was occupied by a small engineering factory. Run by a father with his three sons, it was known as Crabtrees Engineering. The sons were named Jimmy, Gilbert, and Barry.

Meadowhead Allotments - These are situated at the side of Meadowhead, at the bottom of Walmsley Avenue. A lot of the allotments round this area, close to the canal have been built on with the South Side housing estate.

Golf Club Allotments - Demolished. These were situated around the railway bridge near to the golf club, between Eachill Road and the Golf Club bridge. Known as "Scrap" for reasons as yet unknown.

Railway Allotments - Gone. These were situated on the South side of the railway station platform, and some of them were accessed via the platform.  Unusually, they haven't been built on, but they are no longer in use. The site is still there but is now used for farm land.

Eachill Garages - Demolished and the land used for housing.

Hermitage Street - The allotments and garages were based along the start of Tottleworth Road, During the 1930's there was always a problem with the fencing to the allotments which were always being repaired by the U. D. C.

Woodside Avenue Allotments -

Have I missed any? Let me know please! Email me.


Council Minutes 1935.

Rishton on Record, The Festival of Britain 1951.

Do You Remember - Memories of our Yesterdays. Published by Readers Digest 1989.