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Post Code: BB1 4NT.

Victoria Villas: BB1 4NY.

Parker Street consists of;

  • 6 blocks of stone built terrace houses
  • Two back to back villas
  • Two factories
  • Free Gardeners Club
  • Bowling Green
  • Village green.

Right Hand Side

Left Hand Side

Streets Leading Off

Right Hand Side

  • From Hermitage Street

    • Burton Street

    • Talbot Street

    • Cecil Street

    • Oswald Street

    • Entrance to Recreation Area

Left Hand Side

  • From Hermitage Street

    • Wheatfield Street

Parker Street is a Cul De Sac, running into fields off a dirt track.

The Street is possibly named after Christopher Parker who was a farmer in the early 19th Century and owned and ran Parker Farm at Cowhill, but it is more likely that it is named after Henry Parker, who owned and built Wheatfield Mill along with Duckworth. Henry Parker then went on to built some of the cottages in Parker Street in the late 1850's, these were first used for the mill workers and management.

There was a Colonel Parker mentioned in 1694 who was one of the agents in the plot for restoration of James II. The Street possibly takes it name from him, or Henry Parker. There is more chance of the Street being named after the Colonel, as the street itself must have been there for the houses to be built in the first place, it is possible that it is purely coincidental that Henry Parker also built Wheatfield Mill.

Victoria Villas

Victoria Villas on Parker Street, were built during the 1860's for officials of the Victoria Mill.

Two dwellings were built, both were brick built with round-headed windows, stone gutters and cornices.

A number of the terraced cottages in Parker Street were apparently erected in the late 1850's by Henry Parker who built the original Wheatfield Mill in 1859-60.

Thanks to Dale Haworth, local Rishton lad for information supplied. Dale now lives in one of the Villas.

Parker Street from around 1909, and 2009.

We hear of Sunday Schools, in which were taught reading and writing in the early 1800's, being held in a room at the Flats – a group of cottages in a hollow formed by the Spaw Brook below Parker Street perhaps in the Card Hole, which was behind Rishton Mill.

Parker Street runs across the top of Burton Street, and Talbot Street, and also has a number of smaller streets that do not lead any where yet!

On the 15th December 1936, The Council Clerk reported the subsidence in Parker Street on the street pave crossing at the junction of Parker Street and Cecil Street.

Once Rishton mill had been demolished and a block of terraced houses on Hermitage Street, a village green was made.

Parker Street Christmas Tree 2001.

This is usually were one of the Christmas trees is planted in the town. December 2000 was the last tree that the council will place on this land due to persistent vandalism. Keith Byrom from Choose N Use DIY on High Street wrote to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph on the 9th December 1997 about this very point, Keith wrote;

Lighten up council, CHRISTMAS has been cancelled in Rishton by order of Hyndburn Council. I am sure readers, residents and visitors to the town will have noticed the pathetic lack of Christmas decoration in the town this year – and not for the first time.

While the Council's Christmas decoration budget seems to be concentrated on Accrington town centre, they should need no reminding that shops in Rishton contribute on an equal footing through the Uniform Business Rates collected by this council. Areas where they trade should be considered in this budget, so that there is a level playing field for all.

One excuse for the lack of decorations over the years has been vandalism, but Rishton has now entered the modern technology arena with closed-circuit TV. So, come on, Hyndburn, play fair!

In December 2002 the Christmas tree was still being planted, so it looks like the council changed its mind!

The same piece of land was enhanced by the council under their “Prospects” scheme. This project was completed in December 1998.

The Rishton Prospects panel first agreed to seek permission from Hyndburn Council on the 19th December 1996, for landscaping of this land, and also to provide a notice board and mosaic.

Garden for all

Garden

Between 1997 and 1999, the area at the junction of Parker Street, and Hermitage Street was landscaped, for want of a better word. Here’s what happened……..

When the Local Agenda 21 consultation in Rishton identified a patch of derelict land that local people wanted improving, Rishton Prospects Panel set about improving it. They enlisted the support of Groundwork East Lancashire and with a little support from Shell Better Britain Campaign and other funders transformed the area. All the way through the process the group kept consulting local people to ensure that they would end up with a truly Community space. The finished garden is replete with seating, trees, shrubs, flowers and a much needed community notice board. Local residents did much of the work though some of the more specialised jobs had to be contracted out. On the first of May over three hundred people came to a celebration of the work attended by the local Mayor

Upper Street

SCHOOLCHILDREN helped turn an area of grassland into attractive seating and play area in the centre of Rishton.

Pupils from Norden High School and Rishton Methodist School worked with the Rishton Prospects group and Groundwork East Lancashire on the project. They designed artwork for the site and helped with the planting.

The Prospects group consulted local residents on how they would like to see the area developed before work was started.

Each of the schools has been presented with tiles like those used in the community garden to put on display. Also Hayley Butterworth from Rishton Methodist School was presented with a 10 gift voucher, her prize for winning a spot the difference competition organised by Barclays Bank.

Barclays' Site Savers programme funded the project with a gift of 7,000.00 in May 1998, along with the Environment Agency and Hyndburn Council. The community garden is one of more than 100 projects that was entered for that year's Lancashire Evening Telegraph Grime watch awards. The awards, run in conjunction with British Aerospace, Tidy Britain Group, the Environment Agency and Groundwork, celebrate all kinds of environmental schemes.

Adele Adams of Groundwork East Lancashire has been working on the project with the Rishton Prospects Panel. She said “at the moment the site had only a few trees, an old fence and lots of litter. Plans include seating areas, fragrant plants, lighting and a new path through the site. Work was due to start in April. "The project cost between 20,000 and 23,000.”

PLANS FOR A NEW PARK IN RISHTON

Garden

During April, the Art department was fortunate to have the exciting prospect of two visiting artists to work with many of the pupils of the school. The project was to design interactive mosaic and relief panels to form part of a new park to be created in Parker Street in Rishton. All of the lower school pupils and Year 10 Art students were involved in the designing process.

Out of hundreds of designs; Nicky Greaves and Mandy Work (the two artists) chose Kelly Mason's 10R and Emma Jackson's 10 HY design. Kelly and Emma then began the mammoth task of making the finished piece. They worked extremely hard during lunchtime and many evenings after school to ensure that they met the deadline. We all look forward to seeing the final work of Norden Students on display in the community in the near future.

The finished landscaping in May 2001.

So what did the residents think?

Well, Margaret Standing from Talbot Street wasn’t impressed, she wrote;

Disgusted at garden

As a resident of Rishton, I am disgusted at the so-called garden created at the corner of Parker Street. As a taxpayer, I would like to know how the council could justify this garden and the spending of thousands of pounds to make the area 100 per cent worse than it was before.

The older or younger people of Rishton won’t enjoy it. It will be destroyed by the unruly youths who hang round street corners.

I - and, I am sure most of my neighbours agree - feel the money could have been put to better use.

Meanwhile the council issued the following;

Prospect looks good

OVER the past two years the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel has been working with the local community on a scheme to enhance an area of land on the corner of Parker Street and Hermitage Street, by constructing a community garden.

This has been our first major project and it has not been without difficulties. However, it is now nearing completion. We would, therefore, like to thank the local community and, in particular, those living in the immediate area for their tolerance. For long periods, as work moved painfully slowly due to adverse weather conditions, etc. the site, far from being enhanced, has looked a mess. We trust the end result will make it all worthwhile and the new facility will be well used and appreciated.

We would also like to thank Groundwork East Lancashire and the Hyndburn PROSPECTS organisation for their invaluable assistance. The scheme has cost in the order of 20,000. The money for this has come mainly from grants – from Barclays Site Savers, the Environment Agency, Shell Better Britain Campaign, Mersey Basin Trust/Bechtel and the Community Environment Fund.

The Great Harwood and Rishton Rotary Club helped towards the cost of a mosaic paving designed and made by local schools. One of our main contractors has been Hyndburn Council, which will continue to be responsible for grass maintenance. The scheme was recently highly commended at the 'Grime watch' Awards.

PROSPECTS is Hyndburn's response to the challenge of Agenda 21, which aims to involve local people in schemes to improve the local environment and quality of life. The Rishton Panel meets on a regular basis at Primetime. Details of meetings and activities can usually be seen on the community notice board, which is part of the Parker Street scheme. All meetings are open to anyone with a concern for the Rishton environment.

COLIN COOPER, (Treasurer, Rishton PROSPECTS Panel), Thornhill Avenue, Rishton.

Demolished Houses on the 2nd June 2009.

On the 13th June 2002, Rishton area council Resolved that the Area Council approve the reservation of an additional 1,515.08 towards the Parker Street Parking Bays scheme.

The 5th March 2009 saw the green being refurbished by the council for the first time in ten years.

References

Shell Interactive Website (now defunct - http://www.sbbc.co.uk/interactive/int22/p9.htm)

Lancashire Evening Telegraph

Industrial Rishton by Kathleen Broderick

Rishton Street Names by E. Furber. Published October 1995.

Rishton Prospects minutes to meetings