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Bye Laws

1884 Cleansing of Footpaths and Pavements 1884 Lodging Houses
1884 Nuisances 1884 Police Bye Laws
1884 Slaughter Houses 1884 Streets and Building
1927 Drainage Bye-Laws 1927 House Refuse
1927 Lodging Houses 1927 Offensive Trades Bye-Laws
1927 Tents, Vans & Sheds 1928 Nuisance Bye-Laws

Rishton Urban District Council Minutes

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1938/39 (Edited) 1939/40 (Edited) 1940/41 (Edited) 1941/42
1942/43 1943/44 1944/45 1945/46
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  1951/52 1952/53 1953/54

Rishton Area Council Minutes (2000 Onwards)

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2005 2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011 2012

Health Reports on Rishton.

1925 1935 1936 1938

Sanitation Reports

1925 1935 1936 1945

Members of Parliament

All the MPs that have served Rishton.


1884 Form of Notice for Demolition

1884 Form for Unfit Habitation

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Rishtons Population over the years.

Council History

The Rishton local board was formed on November 22nd 1880, this became the Rishton Urban District Council in 1894 when the Local Board was wound up. The Urban District Council formed with just 9 Councillors and ran that way until 1920, when the number of Councillors was increased to 12, a figure which it stood at until its amalgamation into Hyndburn in 1974.

Mayors Chain in 2001

The Council buildings were opened on Brook Street in 1909, built the year before, and opened in June.

Mrs. Robert Clayton, of the " Turrets," Blackburn Road, Rishton, attended the Council Chambers on the 19th September 1935, and presented a gold chain and pendant to the Chairman of the Council in memory of her late husband, Mr. Robert Clayton, J. P., to be worn by all succeeding Chairmen during their term of office. The Chairman accepted the chain, on behalf of the Council.

The Chairman of the Council reported upon a Conference held at Accrington Town Hall, on the 11th November 1943, concerning Local Government Reform at which it was resolved to make strong representations to the Government concerning the undemocratic method in which Local Authorities were having their powers in many spheres taken away from them. It was also decided at the Conference to call a further Conference of all Local Authorities in Lancashire and all Members of Parliament representing Lancashire Constituencies at which this matter would be discussed.

On the 15th April 1946, Division of the District into Wards was discussed at the Council meeting. It was Resolved - That the Chairman of the Council, the Chairman of the Building and Highways Committee, the Chairman of the Health Committee and Councillor Bridge be appointed as a Sub-Committee to investigate this matter and to report their findings to the first available meeting.

On the 7th May 1946, the Mayor, Town Clerk and other representatives of the Borough of Accrington attended and submitted their proposals for an amalgamation of districts sufficient to warrant a case being put to the Boundary Commission applying, for County Borough status. Details of the suggested scheme were put forward by the Town Clerk and supported by other representatives. At the conclusion the representatives were: thanked for the lucid way in which they had explained the proposal and were informed that consideration would be given thereto in due course.

Previous discussions having ensued as to the details of the subject and the boundaries of each ward having been agreed, it was Resolved by the Council on the 13th June 1946, that application be made to the Lancashire County Council under Section 37 of the Local Government Act, 1933, for their approval to the division of the district into four wards as defined on the map produced, with a view to the proposal, if approved, being made applicable for the next ordinary Urban District Council Election to be held in March/April 1947.

Mayors Chain in 2004

In 1947, the Council was divided into 4 wards for the purpose of the election of the Urban District Councillors, with 3 Councillors representing each ward.

In 1950, of the 28 chairmen that had previously held chair since the formation of the Council, only 9 were still alive. The Council in that year, being desirous of recognising their services presented them with a pendant. The presentation was made by Sir Robert Adcock, C. B. E., D. L., Clerk to the County Council. Shortly after this 2 of the ex chairmen passed away, Lord Hacking and Ralph Leeming Esq. This left just 8 Chairmen if you included the current one, J. W. Sanderson, Esq., J. P., one of which was J. R. Booth who had given more than 30 years service to the town as a Councillor and retired in 1947.

Rishton and Clayton Le Moors combined to form the Hyndburn Division for the purpose of electing a representative onto the Lancashire County Council during the 1940's. In 1946 F. Worsley was elected following the retirement of George Thomlinson, the current Minister of Education.

Legacy by the Will of the Late T. W. Bracewell, 9th November 1944. The Clerk read correspondence intimating that the late Mr. T. W. Bracewell by his will gave to the Council the legacy of £1,000 free of death duties, such legacy to be known as the "T. W. Bracewell Trust," the income from the sum to be distributed at Christmas among poor residents of the district. The bequest was accepted and administered in accordance with the wishes of the Testator.

On the 17th December 1966, Great Harwood and Rishton U. D. C. 's agree to amalgamate with Accrington.

6th April 1971, Accrington and 6 U. D. C. 's including Rishton agree on a merger under the Governments reorganisation proposals.

On the 5th August 1972 it was announced that the new Hyndburn council was to have 48 seats consisting of councilors from all the U. D. C. 's.

The 9th of January sees the release of a draft scheme for the first elections for the new borough council. Voting is due to take place on June the 7th.

A row broke out on the 24th February 1973, when Rishton, Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle, and Clayton Le Moors favour the name "Hyndburn" for the new district, while Accrington, Altham and Church favour "Accrington".

The results from the 7th June elections see the Liberals holding the balance of power. Labour won 24 seats, the Conservatives 21, and the Liberals just 3 seats in the newly formed Hyndburn council.

10th July 1973 sees the last civic procession through the town. 300 people turn out to be lead by Councillor J. K. Jackson.

Chairmen of Rishton Urban District Council 1894 - 1974
1894-1897 James Hanson 1944-1946 J R Booth
1897-1899 J Marshall 1946-1948 H W Sutcliffe
1899-1901 J Whittaker 1948-1950 J Bridge
1901-1903 W Wilson 1950-1952 J W Sanderson
1903-1905 T Clayton 1952-1953 G Hoyle
1905-1906 C Heap 1953-1954 H Ramsbottom
1906-1908 J H Hothersall 1954-1956 R Lightbown
1908-1910 B Smith 1956-1957 J O’Rourke
1910-1912 H H Cormack 1957-1958 D J McNeil
1912-1914 F Pickup 1958-1959 J W Banks
1914-1915 Douglas H Hacking 1959-1960 R H Whittaker
1915-1918 J Bateson 1960-1961 J Eyre
1918-1924 R Gilroy 1961-1962 J P Ernstzen
1924-1926 J R Booth 1962-1963 J Tattersall
1926-1927 J T Hope 1963-1964 J R Aspden
1927-1928 G Knowles 1964-1965 J T Calvert
1928-1929 T W Bracewell 1965-1966 T Threlfall
1929-1931 H A Airey 1966-1967 J C MacKenzie
1931-1933 B Ainsworth 1967-1968 D J McNeil
1933-1935 R Leeming 1968-1969 L Rushton
1935-1936 J W Edmondson 1969-1970 J P Ernstzen
1936-1938 A Trengrove 1970-1971 J R Aspden
1938-1940 A Smith 1971-1972 Mrs A K M Walker
1940-1942 W Sturzaker 1972-1973 F Edmondson
1942-1944 F Worsley 1973-1974 J K Jackson

On Thursday 06 August 1998, A SCHEME to promote civic pride and community spirit in Hyndburn was set to get off the ground. The Outer Town Initiative aimed to improve the environment in the borough's outlying areas through council and private funding.

There were proposals for projects in Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Rishton, Great Harwood and Oswaldtwistle. A council report stated: "The project aims to benefit the quality of life of residents and foster civic pride by improving the environment and tackling eyesores and dereliction. It also aims to promote community life by assisting projects initiated by local groups and encouraging the involvement of young people."

Town hall chiefs were set to consult with businesses, residents and voluntary groups in the districts to discuss the scheme. A total of £200,000 was set aside and council officials were hoping to attract private funding to sponsor schemes. A list of projects has already been drawn up, ranging from building facelifts to the improvement of the centre of Oswaldtwistle.

Reported in the local press on Friday 13 August 1999 were plans for the towns in Hyndburn to be given individual councils as early as the year in a major shake-up of decision-making in the borough.

The Conservative leader of Hyndburn Borough Council Peter Britcliffe, announced plans to split the borough into five separate power bases.

Under the reorganisation, Great Harwood and Rishton, Clayton-le-Moors and Church, Accrington North, including Huncoat, Accrington South, including Baxenden and Oswaldtwistle would all have their own councils, chosen because of their roughly equal populations.

The set-up could be similar to the situation in Pendle, where five different committees decide on a specific area's issues, such as planning and housing, before final decisions are taken at full borough council level.

Hyndburn could also introduce a cabinet which would issue policy guidelines from the group in power, which was then the Conservatives.

Local representatives from each town, such as residents and traders, could also sit on the councils and influence decisions.

Each council would have its own budget, plus an area office and manager to help them find their feet.

The council is drawing up suggestions for reshaping electoral wards in the borough, which will be submitted to the Local Government Commission for England, in a bid to help them restructure the council.

A pilot scheme is set to the test the water on the new set-up in the new year - and Councillor Britcliffe believes it will be a make-or-break issue at next year's local elections.

He said: "This is our devolution revolution. We want to give power back to people in all of Hyndburn's towns and give them an arena to shout about what affects them most in their own area.

"We have got to change the way the council is run and by devolving, we will slim down the centre and make Hyndburn a more efficient, effective and dynamic local authority.

"If we are returned to power in May these councils will be set up, so it is the people's choice at the ballot box. This is a major step that will affect everyone's life."

In September 2000 an area council was formed by residents, with the backing of Hyndburn Borough Council, to promote the needs of the town.

The 16th January 2005 was a sad day for Rishtons former glories. Peter Monk passed away in hospital, after spending the previous month there. Peter was the last Council clerk for Rishton Urban District Council, and although he carried on working for Hyndburn Borough Council after, finally left to work in Preston. His family home on Woodside Avenue was left with his wife Eileen, and his children Gillian and Adam. Peter was just 69 years old, and will be remembered fondly for his work with Rishton Council.


Lancashire Evening Telegraph 13th August 1999.

A Chronology of Accrington and Men of Mark, by R. S. Crossley, Published 1924.

Rishton on Record, the Festival of Britain 1951.