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Spring Street

Spring Street has 8 long terraces of stone construction.

Just one block of terracing has a date, the last one before Bridge Street. Spring Terrace, which was built in 1888.

Date Stone for Spring Terrace

Streets leading off Spring Street

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Around 1800 there was a road of sorts into Blackburn roughly on the same ground as the current main road.

Spring Street was a pack horse track leading to Tottleworth and Great Harwood.

As you turn off the main road there is a report that says the word SPRING which came from 3 wells situated there, alongside which was a cottage in which a home weaver called Billy Jackson lived. One of the wells became known as Billy's well, and the track Billy Well Lane.

The old name for Spring Street was Brick-Kilnfield Lane, when it led to the fields where clay was dug and burnt for bricks.

Spring Street

Up in the area of Somerset Road and Cut Wood was Spaw Brook which crosses Spring Street further down near Brook Street.

Spring Street became a busy important road as it was access to 4 mills which all backed onto the canal.

An extremely long street, the longest in Rishton, but it only has 147 houses on it.

There is now an extension to Spring Street which is built on the old Unity Mill site, this is called Allan Critchlow Way.

Billy Well Lane, which is now replaced by Spring Street, was in summer a flower decked lane, shaded by overhanging trees, and near the High street end was “Plunty (gamekeeper) Nook”. In a Southerly direction it was continued along Lower Lane near the line of Henry Street, down to Far Holmes, past Church Kirk and along Hyndburn Lane to join the old Manchester Road at the bull bridge in Accrington. In the opposite direction it went through Tottleworth to the Lidgett, past Bowley Hill and Th’ Back o’ Bowley to Whalley, while a branch went over Close Brow, along Th’ Top o’ th’ Heights, to join the Blackburn to Whalley Road at New Inns. Between Tottleworth and Lidgett there still exists an almost forgotten portion of this road, which has fallen into disuse since the construction of the “Dow Pad” (Dole Path).

Spring Terrace, Spring Street, July 2001.

The Chairman of the Council reported upon the necessity for requisitioning dwelling-houses under the Ministry of Health Circular 2845. Resolved that application be made for sanction from the Regional Commissioner to requisition No.67, Spring Street and 29, High Street, Rishton, on the 12th August 1943.

Spring Terrace runs from number 131 to 147, and is the last block of houses before Bridge Street. It is one of only two blocks of garden fronted houses on Spring Street, the other block being next to it on the other side of Shuttleworth Street.

There was once a murder on Spring Street as well, Eleanor Pilkington was murdered by her boyfriend from Clayton, Fred Fielding in 1927.

On the 8th January 1945, arrangements were made by Rishton Urban District Council for all night lighting in Spring Street, Cliff Street and Station Road.

Flooding of Houses - Spring Street. A letter was submitted from various residents to the council on the 9th August 1945, complaining of damage caused by flooding. It was decided to draw the attention of the council Surveyor to the matter on his appointment and also to the question of sewers in Stourton Street.

On the 12th June 1947, Attention was drawn to flooding at certain properties at High Street, Cliff Street and Spring Street on the occasion of a recent abnormal storm, and the officials of the Council were instructed to investigate the cause and give a full report to a subsequent meeting.

It was to be nearly 60 years and more later before this problem was resolved.

In view of the large number of pedestrians using Spring Street, it was Resolved on the 13th November 1947, That the Council Surveyor was instructed to install 100% lighting up to 11 p.m., with three lamps remaining illuminated all night.

One of the workmen engaged on releasing the sewer suffered damage to his clothing, which was cleaned about the 21st May 1953, had been cleaned without satisfactory results. The Council Clerk reported that he had communicated with the Insurance Company thereon and was awaiting their reply.

It is reputed that Eartha Kitt, soul singer, on a national tour of the UK, stayed at a friends house in Spring Street one night, after playing a venue in Blackburn.

Spring Street

During July 2002 the lower end of Spring Street was badly flooded, over 5 feet of water dropped in little over a couple of hours. The photo at the top of this page shows the area around the old mill buildings that were affected and Hyndburn Borough Council have since taken steps to prevent the problem from happening again by laying bigger sewer drains.

It was reported by the Rishton Area Council, that the traffic calming measures for Spring, Cliff, and Bridge Streets would be completed by the 9th July 2003.

On the 2nd July 2004, it was reported that United Utilities were planning to install flood relief equipment on land off Cliff Street which would protect 17 homes in Spring Street and Stourton Street which were on the flood at-risk register. They were going to install an underground pump station to deal with storm water, and take the pressure off the sewer network, but 14 residents objected, which it was declared that there would be a six foot control booth on the top of it, on open land facing Stourton Street on Cliff Street. Hyndburn Council disapproved of the idea, and objected to the proposals put forward saying that green areas such as this should be protected.

In October 2004, work commenced on the flooding problem that Spring Street has. United Utilities closed off the Street from High Street to Clifton Street in the hope of finally solving the flood problem.

The Lancashire telegraph reported on the 13th April 2010, that RESIDENTS hit out at problems that ‘continuously’ leave their homes flooded with sewage. Problems in Spring Street, Rishton, have seen several floods according to residents. Now Hyndburn Mayor Paul Barton has taken up their fight. He said it is a ‘disgrace’ that the situation has not been resolved.

Councillor Barton said he has been left knee-deep in the sewage, wearing his mayoral robes, on occasions as he tried to help people in the street. A property he owns is among 16 of those affected in the area. He said: “There have been problems here for years but not enough has been done to improve the situation.

“The sewers just do not have enough capacity and because the homes are at the bottom of a hill, every time there is a bit of rain, even just five minutes, there is sewage coming up through the drains out-side as well as the toilets and sinks indoors. Recently the manhole cover in the street was blown 30-feet in the air because the pressure from the sewage was so great. Most of the homes are unliveable. Every time there is a really bad flood you have to replace all of the carpets, plaster and furniture. Every time it rains you fear the worst.”

Resident Chrissy Hogg, 23, of Spring Street, said: “Every time this happens it is appalling. It stinks and cannot be allowed to come into the property.”

Shaun Robinson, of United Utilities (who now look after water and drainage), said it was being investigated.

He said: “As part of our plans for 2010-2015 we aim to halve the number of incidents of flooding of homes from overloaded sewers in the North West as part of our proposed 3.7 billion investment.”


A Brief History of Rishton 1914 by H. H. Cormack.

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

Lancashire Telegraph, Tuesday 13th April 2010.