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Quarries & Brickworks

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Close Brow Quarry Holt Brickworks
East Tram road Queens Brickworks
Lower Cunliffe Quarry Norden Brickworks
West Tram road 
New Rishton Quarry 
Tan House Quarry 

Coal Mines


Introduction map of Pits locations Close Brow Drift
Dunkenhalgh Park Colliery  Meadowhead Pit
Norden Drift Rishton Colliery
Coal Mining Accidents 


Introduction and map of mill locations 
Bridgefield Albert Mill
  Albert Mill Demolition
Daisy hill Mill Britannia Mill
Spring Mill Rishton Mill
Wellington Mill Victoria Mill
York Mill Wheatfield Mill
Imperial Mill, Blackburn Brookhouse Mill, Blackburn
Blackburn Overlookers Club Other Weaving Sheds in Rishton
Minster Mill  

The Rest

Co-Op Plants Motor Bodies
Donshu Footwear Postal Services
East Lancashire Gateway Industrial Park Power Station
  Power Station Opening Booklet
English Electric Rag N Bone Chaps
Firelight Works Sand
Fizzy Drinks Factory Slaughterhouses
James Street Works Spring Foundry
Other Industries Tommy Taylor's Ice Cream
Palatine Food Supplies Water Supply
Paper Mill Whitebirk Morden Works
Parson's Printers Trident Business Park
Piggery and Slaughter house Autotune
Greenbank Leisure Park Sausage Factory
Fountain Free Brewery Westwood Garage
Trade Unionism in Rishton and its History Patents Registered in Rishton

The first Rishton craftsmen is mentioned in a list of debts owed by Henry Rissheton on Saint Giles the Abbots day 13 Richard II. (1st September 1389). The craftsman as one would expect is Richard le Smyth. In a similar list on the feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle , I. Henry VI (21st September 1422), we find Thomas Hyndley (or le Hind), John le Cooker, John le Smyth, John le Carter, and Emma le Smyth. 1

Many craftsmen whose names are not included in de Rishtons list of debtors, would have been busy in the village. There was sure to be a village sawyer, a wheelwright, a tiler to burn tiles from clay, and the ale house wife who brewed ale and beer and sold it in her own home.1

On the 1st of June 1939, A letter was received from the Hon. Secretary of the Accrington & District Industrial Development Committee suggesting steps should be taken  by the authorities in East Lancashire to obtain additional powers in connection with Industrial development. The letter was referred by Rishton Urban District Council to a later date.2

The letter proved at the time that the local boards were no longer getting the opportunity to say if business or business development could occur in the area. The power was being transferred to Lancashire County Council inch by inch.......


2Council minutes.

1Rishton Parish Church Jubilee 1927 by Carlton Noble.