Upper Mickle Hey, Rishton

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Street: Blackburn Old Road
Town: Rishton
Post Code: BB1 4AB
Aerial photo of the area of Mickey Hey. (Picture from Google Earth).

After the de Rishton quarter of the Rishton manor was sold to Walmsley before 1582, the de Rishtons made the house at Upper Mickleheys their manor, until that to was sold to theWalmsleys.

Most of the building, seen here on the 11th March 2010.

This old house, once known as Rishton Hall, was a low building with mullion windows. The date is given upon an inscribed stone under the drip stone as 1591, and the initials on the same stone are "R H x I R" (James Rishton).

Date stone
The datestone at the hall.

This is a very difficult building to get a modern picture of. Surrounded and hemmed in by the various farm buildings that now surround it.

The former entrance to the hall.

The entrance to the building has now been moved to the middle of the building, with a new extension porch having been built to match the original stone work.

Of some interest, to the left of the original doorway is an archway, which appears to be of Norman architecture. It appears that the road lead past the side of the house, rather than leading to the door.

ABOVE: Archway to the drive or a private chapel?

BELOW: Both entrances to the building.

The main building (as has the entire farm yard) has been extensively modernised, the old stone roof has been replaced by the more common Welsh grey slate, red brick chimneys now exists, with more modern chimney pots, and the guttering around the roof area is now plastic. The windows are now varied. Although the stonework in most places remains what appears to be original, the style and shape of the windows themselves have changed to many differing styles.

The entire length of the barn seen here on the 11th March 2010.

On the lintel to the barn doors are the letters T. W. A. and 1737. These are the initials of Thomas Walmsley, of Mickle-hey, a governor of the Grammar school in Blackburn in 1751179.

Sadly, this lintel can no longer be found.

The barn in the yard now holds an extension (if this is the original barn?) Which was built in 1904.

date stone
ABOVE: Date stone in the new barn extension.

BELOW: Full view of the barn, showing both sections.

The initials G. G. P. on the date stone are probably for George Petre of theDunkenhalgh.

End of barn
The end of the farm house, with high loader door, possible the barn?

This farm house is now situated over the border of Rishton, in Blackburn, having been given to the Knights of Stydd by the De Rishtons for services rendered.

Previous Tenants


Christened: Name: Richard Latham Age: Date of Birth: Birth Place: Relationship: Occupation: Farmer Married on: Address: Upper Micklehey Farm, Blackburn Old Road Telephone: Died at: Burial Date: Cremated? Burial No: Grave Ref: Notes: Reference:


179 Rishton Parish Church Jubilee Carlton Noble
  • Saturday, January 1, 1927 0