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Scrapyard

As far as I am aware there have been two scrap yards in Rishton. One of them was on the playing fields at Norden, which was also previously Norden Tip.

This scrap yard was closed in 1986, and the area levelled and landscaped for Norden playing fields.

The white area in this aerial photograph shows where the scrap yard was situated, this was taken in 1989, and the "white path" was still under construction, the end of it being seen at the top of the picture. The former tip site has been bulldozed ready for playing fields to be built.

The scrap yard was 3/4 of an acre in size, and ran in a triangular shape.

Spring Street Scrap yard in 2002.

This photo shows the same area as above but with the playing fields completed.

Before the yard was closed, Bridge Street and the surrounding areas were being given grants to modernise the houses. A lot of old doors and other rubbish were being fly tipped near the scrap yard, and it so happens, that the yard had applied for planning permission to build a car park for its customers so that the scrap license could be renewed by R. U. D. C. The permission was granted and all the dumped old doors were gathered up and used for fencing to the car park - the car park in effect cost nothing to build!

Scrap Yard in late 1970's

The last owner, I believe, of the yard was Billy Entwistle, who went on to own a scrap yard at Altham. Bill came from Darwen.

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Keith.