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1200 Rodger de Rishton gave one quarter of his land to Adam his eldest son.
1215 Rodger de Rishton dies, leaving the estate to Adam.
1245 Gilbert de Rishton (different de Rishtons) settled in Rishton about this time.
1246 Paulinus de Noel, or Nowell, outlawed for the murder of Adam de Rishtons wife.
12551255 Gilbert de Rishton killed William de Mellor in a quarrel, and became an outlaw.
1284Adam, son of Rishton de Cowhill complained that Gilbert de Rishton disposed him of his common pasture at Cowhill.
1300Holt corn Mill is in use. Adam, son of the 2nd Gilbert de Rishton, and in the Holt Manor, dies some time before 1300.
1305Holt Manor is granted to Sir Edmund Talbot of Bashall in Craven.
1334 Rishton is worth 13 shillings (85 pence). There was no graded settlement at this time.
1348Sea Coal is discovered and mined in Tottleworth.
1349Black Death reaches England
1351 Statute of Labourers. Parliament tries to freeze wages
1362 English made official language in Parliament & Law.
1366The Rishtons acquired Dunkenhalgh through marriage, of Henry de Rishton in 1366.
1394 Sir Thomas Talbot of Holt is outlawed for conspiracy against the Dukes of Lancaster and Gloucester.
1395 12th August. John of Gaunt gave the estates of Rishton to Henry de Rishton of the Dunkenhalgh.
1399 Richard II dies - Reign 1377 to 1399
1401 Burning of heretics made legal in England
1413 Henry IV dies - Reign 1399 to 1413
1414 Sir Thomas Talbot outlawed for the 2nd time! His lands are granted to the de Rishtons.
1417 Sir Thomas Talbot dies leaving one son Edmund who later recovered the Holt estate from the de Rishtons.
1422 Henry V dies - Reign 1413 to 1422
1452 The de Rishtons partition the King to recover the estate of Holt from Edmund Talbot. They won the partition but failed to regain the land.
1453End of the Hundred Years War
1455 - 85 War of the Roses begins
1461 Henry VI dies - Reign 1422 to 1461
1462 Sir Edmund Talbot dies and is succeeded by his son, Thomas Talbot.
1464 Thomas Talbots men capture King Henry VI and return him to the tower of London.
1465 Vicar Thomas Wilkinson of Halifax, marches on Thomas Talbot, for being a Yorkist!
1470 Warwick turns Lancastrian & dethrones Edward IV
1476 Caxton sets up press at Westminster de Rishtons and Talbots fight over Cowhill.
1483 Edward IV dies - Reign 1461 to 1483 Edward V dies - Reign 1483
1485 Richard III dies - Reign 1483 to 1485. Tudor period starts.
1499 Sir Thomas Talbot dies, leaving his son and heir Edmund.
1509 Henry VII dies - Reign 1485 to 1509
1519 Edmund Talbot dies on the 13th February leaving one son, Thomas age 3.
1534Act of Supremacy. Henry VIII Head of English Church
1536 Northern rising because of religious grievances Dissolution of monasteries by Henry VIII & Cromwell
1547 Henry VIII dies - Reign 1509 to 1547
1549First English book of common prayer
1550 Thomas Talbot obtains lease to land from Whalley Abbey and lives at Audley Hall.
1553 Edward VI dies - Reign 1547 to 1553 Mary I succeeds to throne
1558 Mary I dies - Reign 1553 to 1558 Sir Thomas Talbot, dies 8 years before his mother at Audley Hall. He left one son Henry, and one daughter Anne.
1566 Ann Stanley, mother of Thomas Talbot of Audley Hall dies.
1570 Sir Henry Talbot of Audley and Holt Halls dies, leaving 2 sons Thomas and John, and 1 daughter, Marie. John his eldest assumes control of the estate.
1581 23rd February. Sir Thomas, the last of the Talbot's, sold the manor of Rishton (Holt) to Thomas Walmsley
1582The Dunkenhalgh was sold to Judge Walmsley. He was a judge of the common pleas, was knighted and was granted a priest by Queen Elizabeth for his private chapel at Dunkenhalgh. His son Thomas, was knighted by James 1 on the occasion of his visit to Houghton Tower. Dunkenhalgh became a garrison house and played a conspicuous part in the civil war. Gregorian calendar introduced.
1591 Rishton Hall is built (Upper Micklehey).
1598 May. Thomas Talbot of Audley Hall dies childless. He left his wife Elizabeth and brother John his heir.
1600 English East India Company founded
1601 Elizabethan poor law introduced
1603 Elizabeth I Dies - Reign 1558 to 1603 James VI of Scotland becomes James I England
1605The Gunpowder plot
1611 Authorised version of the Bible published
1625 James I (Eng) VI (Scot) Dies - Reign 1603 to 1625
1642 - 51 The Civil War.
1653 No Monarch (1649 to 1653)

Battle of Worcester, Cromwell masters Britain

Second civil war. Parliament refashioned by the army

Charles I handed over to Parliament

Charles I Surrenders to Scots

Charles I executed - Reign 1625 - 1649

1655Major Generals supervise districts of England.
1666 Newton discovers gravity.
1685 Charles II died - Reign 1660 to 1685.
1688 James II died - Reign 1685 to 1688.
1694 National Bank founded.
1695Press licensing abandoned (free press in England).
1700 Quarrying starts at Cunliffe.
1702 William & Mary end - Reign 1689 to 1702.
1712The last of the Walmsleys (Catherine) married Robert Petre of Essex, who moved into the Dunkenhalgh
1714 Queen Anne dies - Reign 1702 to 1714.
1715 Robert Petre of Essex dies leaving one son and Catherine a widow. Jacobite rising defeated at Preston.
1727 George I dies - Reign 1714 - 1727
1729 Methodism begins (at Oxford)
1733 Flying Shuttle invented (first of great textile inventions)
1735 Catherine marries Lord Stourton, and again makes home in the Dunkenhalgh.
1745 Jacobite rebellion
1752 Britain adopts new style calendar
1753 The Stag Inn  (Roebuck) is modified as a public house.
1754Main road (now the A678) was constructed for the first time.
Farm surrounds the Roebuck Inn on the High Street.
1759 Manchester ship canal designed. (first ship canal ever)
1760 George II  dies - Reign from 1727 to 1760
1764 Hargreaves Spinning Jenny invented
1765The construction of a canal is proposed.
1766 Rishton makes History as the first place to weave Calico.
1768First meeting in Lancashire about the construction of a canal.
1769 Arkwrights Spinning Jenny invented
1785 Catherine Stourton (nee Walmsley) dies aged 88. Power Loom invented.
1790 Fourth Leeds & Liverpool Canal Act passed, altering its route away from Whalley viaduct, and veering it through Rishton.
1804The first Catholic mission was sited on the junction of Harwood Road (the Hermitage).
1805First mention of Wesylan Society appearing on the books of the Blackburn circuit.
1810The Blackburn to Clayton Le Moors section of the Leeds and Liverpool canal is opened.
1815Corn Laws safeguard agriculturalists prices.
1819 Chapel of St Mary’s was opened in Altham, replacing the Dunkenhalgh as a Catholic Chapel. New premises built for the Catholics at the Hermitage.
1820 George III   dies - Reign from 1760 to 1820.
1822 Repeal of Combination Acts (Trade Unions Allowed)
1825First railway (Stockton - Darlington) opened.
1826The Main road from Accrington to Blackburn constructed. (Now A679) after the turnpike act of the 31st March. Hermitage Street diverted to alleviate the hill.
1829 Catholic Emancipation Act in Britain.
1830 Rishton Reservoir is constructed to supply water to the canal.
George IV  dies - Reign from 1820 to 1830.
1833First Government grant made to English schools.
1834Poor Law Amendment Act - tightens up relief.
1835Old Mother Redcap Pub built.
Municipal Reform Act revises British Local Gov’t.
1836The Canal Agents house is built, one of the oldest houses in Rishton Town.
1837New coal seam found at Meadowhead Colliery, owned by Dunkenhalgh Park Collieries.
 William IV  dies - Reigned from  1830 to 1837.
1840 Rishton consists of about 800 people.
The Penny Post introduced.
1841 Accrington Gas and Waterworks company formed.
1846 Whitebirk Mordent Works started. Repeal of the corn laws.
1848The railway was brought to town and the first station built.
1850 Meadowhead Pit starts production.
1851 Construction starts on Rishton Mill.

Norden Fireworks starts producing Rishton Brick.

Farm surrounding Roebuck Inn is demolished to make way for houses.

The Great Exhibition held in Hyde park, London.
1852New railway Station was built in its present location.
Holt Corn mill grinds to a halt (sorry I couldn’t resist the pun!)
1859The original Wheatfield Mill is constructed.
1860A Grid system is developed for the building of new streets in the town, as designed by Henry Petre, the then Lord of the Manor.
Edward Street built.
1861 – 63 Victoria Mill, Rishton's biggest mill, is constructed.
1862 Methodist Chapel built. Cotton famine in Lancashire.
1863 Congregational Church built. Nov 4th First meeting of the local board of national school in Great Harwood.
1864 Rishton Co-Operative Society registered. Population is 1,198.
1865 Cricket club formed. Widespread elementary education in Britain.
1866 Spring Mill is built over a period of 12 months.
1867West End on the junction of Station Road and High Street is built.
1870Holt Corn Mill demolished to make way for the Paper Mill.

January 30th 3 women and one man drown in the reservoir when the ice cracked.

Spring Foundry built.

1873Work starts on Saint Peters and Saint Paul Church.
1874 Dunkenhalgh Colliery Co started mining coal.

May 24th corner stone of parish church laid by FW Grafton

Rishton Paper Mill buildings built.

Co-Op built at Commercial Street.
1875Clock bought for Rishton post Office by mill owners.
1877Daisy Hill Mill is built.

June Saint Peters and Paul’s Church consecrated

Great Harwood railway Loop line opened.

1878 Victoria Terrace houses on George Street are constructed.

Rishton Arms on Station Road built.

Conservative Club opened on High Street.

Spring Foundry extended.

Electric light invented.

1879 Construction is started on Bridgefield Mill. Completion was 12 months later.
1880 Vicarage built for Saint Peters & Saint Paul's Church.
1882Holt Brickworks starts production.
1883 Dunkenhalgh Colliery Co ceased coal mining. Corner stone laid for Saint Peters & Saint Paul's school on 4th August.
1884 Mining started at Rishton Colliery.

Co-Op building constructed on Hermitage Street.

Turbine engine invented.

1885 Church View houses on Church Street are built.
1886Mill owners build houses around the church on Blackburn Road.

Saint Paul’s Terrace on Harwood Road built. Liberal club opens 8th October.

1887 Bridgefield Mill is built. Queen Victoria's Jubilee
1888 County Councils established in Britain.
188919th February. Sir Ernest Marsden FRS F. R. A. N. Z. is born at 68 Hermitage Street. Later in life he will split the atom.
1891 Rishtons Working Men’s Club is built on Commercial Street.
1892 Clifton Terrace built on Harwood Road.

What is now the Lancashire County Council building on Station Road is built.

1893 Rishton Sewage works opened.

November 8th Roman Catholic Church School opened.

York Terrace on Danvers Street is built.

Albert Terrace on Harwood Road built.

1894 Wellington / Unity Mill is built.

Queens terrace built on Hermitage Street.

Industrial Terrace is built on Commercial Street.

Cranbourne Terrace is built on Cliff Street.

1895 Clarence Terrace on Danvers Street built.

Wellington Terrace on Livesey Street constructed

Oak Terrace on Livesey Street constructed.

1896 Whitebirk Mordant works converted to a Slaughter House.

Foundation Stone laid for Conservative Club on Cliff Street.

Ingle Nook house on Station Road is built.

West End Avenue is built on Station Road.

Saint Charles Church built on Station Road.

1897Close Brow drift stops production of clay to Norden Brickworks.

Eachill View on Station Road is constructed.

Victoria Terrace is built on Commercial Street.

1898Owner of Holt Brickworks dies, and production is run down.
1899 Fountain Brewery built at Redcap.

Wheatsheaf Terrace is built on Lord Street.

1900 Rishton's population has swelled to over 7,000 people.

April 12th Henry Petre owner of the Dunkenhalgh, leaves as volunteer to the South Africa war.

Industrial Terrace on Cliff Street is built.

Conservative Club on Cliff Street officially opened. Rev Wm Hothersall drowned while bathing at Shoreham 18th August.

1901Queen Victoria dies on 22nd January.
1902Maple Place on Cliff Street is built.

Highfield Terrace on Cliff Street is built. 25th January, a fire breaks out in Britannia Mill.

1903 Queens Brickworks starts production.

Schools join the County Council and fees are abolished 6 months later.

1904 Hawthorn Avenue is built on Lord Street.

October 28th dedication of parish church at Rishton

1906 Donald Davidson born in the Rossendale Valley, later to own Donshu Footwear in the town. Rev Henry west retires after 50 years service, 21 at Rishton. 19th April.
1908 Cliffield Place on Cliff Street is built.

Crystal Place on Station Road is built.

Medical inspections start in schools.

School Clinic and Child welfare centre opens in High Street.

1909 Queens Brickworks goes into liquidation.

June 30th, Council Offices and Fire Station opened on Brook Street costing 2,000.

Stourton Street is built.

Nat West bank opens on High Street.

1910York Mill is constructed from Red Brick, rather than stone.

Cliff Street Co-op is built.

1911 King George crowned.

Coronation Terrace built on Livesey Street.

1912 Albert Mill is built.

Rose Hill Terrace is built on Lord Street.

York Place on Cliff Street is built.

1913Fern Bank houses are built on Lord Street.

2 Police officers from Rishton are the 1st in Lancashire to be awarded the Kings Police Medal for Bravery.

The King and Queen pass through Rishton on the railway.

1914Co-Op build a new shop on Saint Charles Road.

28th June. A yachting accident on the reservoir ends with one man dying.

1914 – 18 The First World War.
1915 Cunliffe quarry ceases production.
191629th June. 1 man and 1 boy drown in a canal incident, whilst playing on the barges.
1918A subsidence occurs on Commercial Street and 1 man is killed in his home.

Lieutenant C. T. Greenwood killed while flying, interred at Rishton. 20th March

1919 Rishton Power Station built.
1920First electric cable laid through the town.
1921 Jubilee of Rishton Rechabites 19th November.
1922A fire breaks out in the school house on Harwood Road, home to Mr. G. A. Knowleson.

26th October. Electricity is supplied to Great Harwood for the first time.

May 20th. A couple sunk on liner Mr and Mrs J. Taylor. The husband drown, wife was saved.

28th December. A runaway motor wagon falls in Hyndburn river killing the driver.

1923 School boy football league formed.

6th October. New War memorial built on Blackburn Road.

1924 Public Convenience and bus shelter built on corner of Harwood Road.
192518th November, new steam turbines fitted at Victoria Mill.

30th November, 2 men killed at Rishton Colliery by a roof fall.

19261st May. A general Strike.
1927 Fountain Brewery sold to Daniel Thwaite's. Building left empty.

June 29th. Total eclipse of the Sun seen from Rishton.

November 5th. Eleanor Pilkington is murdered in Rishton.

19283rd January. Fred Fielding executed at Manchester for the murder of Eleanor Pilkington.
1929 January 17th. Mr. H. N. Dobson (age 28) was killed in Pickups pit. It is believed he got lost.

Miss Grimshaw becomes head teacher at Saint Peters & Paul’s Infant School on 12th August.

17th February. A back boiler explodes at 43 High Street, killing the lady occupier, and seriously injuring her husband.

July 31st. Manager of Rishton colliery fined 5 with 8/11s/0d cost following the death of Mr. Dobson in January.

1930 Rishton Mill closes down, and is soon demolished.

7th April. Rishton’s new employment exchange is opened.

7th August. Wellington Mill is burnt to the ground. 30,000 worth of damage is caused.

15th December. Plans are announced to reorganise the schools in Rishton.

Spring foundry went out of business. Site is still in use though.

19311st January. Cotton crisis worsens.

Victoria Cotton Mill goes into Voluntary liquidation. The top two floors were removed shortly after, but a new company carried on Weaving.

4th April. Mountain guide from Rishton is marooned on Pillar Rock with 3 others, all were safely rescued.

Gandhi visits York Mill in the town, he comments “That it is a poor place, but nothing like what you see in India”

5th November. Amy Johnson and her Husband Jim Mollison visits the district, giving talks on her flight, and includes a visit to York mill.

1932 Wellington Mill is purchased by Grimshaw's Timber Merchants.

18th October. An extensive fire causes much damage at Wheatfield Mill.

1933 Manufacturing of Cottons ceases at Spring Mill.

An earthquake was felt in the district, but no damage was done.

March 18th. Fire at Britannia Mill caused 10,000 worth of damage, and affected all of the 200 workers that were employed at the time.

April 3rd. Labour gain seats in the U. D. C. election in Rishton.

May 12th. A man from Rishton was sent to trial on 11 summonses of writing anonymous letters to Rishton's public figures. He was imprisoned for 6 months for criminal libel on the 8th June.

1934 Wheatfield Mill ceased manufacturing, and became disused.

Boundary changed under the 1934 Review Order.

16th March. Rishton’s first motorized Ambulance is delivered to the town.

7th June. H. Hall (age 30) found dead at the bottom of Rishton colliery. It is believed he threw himself down the 600ft shaft to commit suicide.

1st August. A meeting is held to try and restart Wheatfield Mill.

22nd September. The Liberal club is bought by the council to be used as a public Library.

1935June. Joint town planning Committee approved by the U. D. C..

19th September. Mrs Robert Clayton presents Rishton U. D. C. with a Chairman's chain of Office, in honour of her late husband.

2nd October. York Mill sold by auction.

3rd October. The Mortuary lighting is converted to electricity.

November, The U. D. C. receive approval for Belisha beacons to be fitted in the town for the first time.

1936 Wheatfield Mill is converted to felt manufacturing.

20th January. King George V dies and all places of work close for 3 hours on the 28th.

22nd February. Talks are held about the amalgamation of the district councils.

19th April. Second fire in 2 weeks at the paper mill. Four fires were started in the space of a month in this year.

The Library opened on 16th May.

Percy Nixon retires from Rishton CC at the age of 46, after 25 years with the team.

29th August. Councillor T. W. Bracewell opens Cutt Wood Park.

9th November. Rev. W. Bull, age 60, dies. He had been minister of High Street Methodists since 1935.

1937 Spring Mill reopens as a cooked meat factory.

15th February. Plans approved for new senior school.

24th April. Foundation stone laid by Bishop of Salford, for Saint Charles School. The school was to cost 8,000 to build.

19384th March. Bishop of Salford opens the new Roman Catholic Church.

British Legion formed in Rishton.

9th June. Richard Houghton receives the MBE for political and Public Services to the Crown in the birthday honours list.

2nd July. F Pickup, manager of the coop for over 40 years dies.

3rd August. Lee Lane reopened after road widening. Also the Esplanade is opened.

1939 Captain C. B. Petre is the last person to live at the Dunkenhalgh.

Rev C. Harper, vicar at Rishton for 18 years (1906-1924), before moving to Saint Johns Accrington died by suicide after years of pain.

3rd September. Declaration of War on Germany.

1939 – 45 Second World War.
1940Heavy Blizzards at the end of January and beginning of February bring the town to a standstill. Food and fuel shortage because of it.
1941 Mining ceased at Rishton Colliery.

7th December. Japan bomb Pearl Harbour.

194224th - 31st January. Rishton warship week raised 114,937 for a trawler minesweeper HMS Man O' War, 19/2s/7d (19.13) per head.

13th June. Lord Derby visits Rishton Gymkhana.

8th September. J. H. Hothersall J. P. retires from Rishton Co-op society where he had been president since 1902. (40 years)

194310th January. An Oswaldtwistle youth was found dead near the railway lines in Rishton. It transpires that while drunk he had fallen off the roof of a train.
19442nd January. John Henry Hothersall J. P. dies, former chairman of the U. D. C. and President of the C. W. S. from 1889-1939.

13th-20th May. Salute the soldier week in Rishton, Accrington and Church raised 524,839 against a target of 400,000.

7th August. 2 men drown in the reservoir when fooling in a boat with 3 others.

17th November. Rev W. I. Brown dies age 60. He was the vicar at Rishton till 1943.

194514th June. Staff Sergeant J. S. Gibson, of 130 High Street, was one of 3 men who arrested Ulrich Friedrich Wilhelm Joachim von Ribbentrop, who was Germanys Foreign Minister to Adolf Hitler, in a Hamburg boarding house.

15th June. A stand down party of the Rishton Civil Defence.

6th August. George Thomlinson MP promoted to minister of works.

15th August. V. J. day (victory over Japan). 2 days of peace celebrations.

1946 20th August. Ivan Leach killed on a windmill in Holland whilst on a student trip from Accrington Grammar school.

2nd December. 5 day week with 45 hours started in all Lancashire cotton mills.

19471st January. Coal Industry is nationalised.

12th February. George Thomlinson made Minister of Education.

21st - 26th February. On the 21st the weather was recorded at 24 degrees Fahrenheit, a record high for the month, by the 23rd the temperature had dropped to -26. The temperature had not risen above freezing for the whole week prior to this. This was followed by 18 inches of snow on the 26th.

11th March. Weather stats showed 23 days of snow in the year to date with only 1 day above freezing during the period 28th Jan - 25th Feb. The thaw started on the 17th March.

31st March. Conservatives gain control of Rishton U. D. C. in local elections.

2nd April. Dunkenhalgh Manor sold to Neville Burton of Manchester to possibly be made into a hotel.

11th September. Whitehaven Colliery Disaster. It was Resolved—That a Whitehaven Colliery Disaster Fund be opened and an advert, inserted in the " Rishton Advertiser " calling for donations.

13th September. Dunkenhalgh opens as a hotel.

During April a holiday is granted for the Silver Wedding Anniversary of George VI.

November 20th – Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten.

194815th May. Fred Freer, Rishton CC pro and Australian test cricketer took 9 for 3 against Enfield, a Lancashire league record.

A national holiday is granted by former Rishtoner, George Thomlinson, Minister of Education, for the Silver Wedding Anniversary of George VI.

November saw the birth of Princess Elizabeth's 1st son, Charles.

An outbreak of measles severally hits the town.

1949 Wheatfield Mill is bought by Broadloom Carpets.

Miss Mary Burns starts teaching at Saint Peters & Paul’s Infant School on 1st September.

2nd October. War memorial unveiled to commemorate the Rishton dead in WWII by one of the victims mothers.

10th November. Off duty doctor, Arthur Greenhalgh, cared for a trapped Rishton man for 4 hours at Calder pit in Altham.

1950 9th May. Dunkenhalgh (Petre Arms Hotel) auctioned but withdrawn when bids only reached 27,500.

1st July. S. Pepper of Burnley took all 10 of Rishton CCs wickets for 48 runs, but Rishton still won by 37 runs.

29th July. Dunkenhalgh hotels Ltd. took over the Petre Arms Hotel (formerly Dunkenhalgh) from B & B Hotels Ltd.

1951 Membership of the Co-op reaches 2,150.

1st June Festival of Britain celebrations.

18th - 25th August. Rishton Festival week.

1952 6th February. King George VI died. Buried at Windsor on the 15th.

22nd September 1952. George Thomlinson MP dies.

15th December. Paper Mill closes because of trade recession.

1953 2nd June, The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Cut Wood Park officially opened.

1955 3rd December. Sabrina appeared at the Regal cinema.

19th December. A 16 hour snow fall brought 18 inches of snow, the heaviest pre-Christmas snow for 40 years.

1956 20th October. Dunkenhalgh gatehouse was demolished because large American cars couldn't get to the hotel.
1957 Great Harwood Railway loop line closed.

19th May. 10 tons of eggs are smashed in the High Street after a road accident.

23rd July. Radar speed traps to be used in Lancashire for the 1st time in the Country.

16th October. 1st speeding fine issued in Accrington.

1958 16th April. Alf Valentine, famous W. Indian spin bowler is welcomed to Rishton CC.

7th June. There was some alarm shown over the number of unemployed Pakistani immigrants entering the district.

5th December. Preston by pass opens, Britain's first motorway.

1959 17th January. Rishton is excluded from a government scheme for grants to industry.

26th January. In a public poll people voted 253 to 206 against Sunday cinema opening.

4th March. 200 people made redundant as York Mill becomes idle for 2 years when its doors finally close after 51 years.

22nd August. Victoria Cotton Mill closes it doors for the very last time, due to Government reorganisation.

12th September. Announced that from February next Bridgefield mill was to close.

24th September. Rishton requested traffic wardens for the town.

31st December. Turrets nursery closes after 9 years.

1960 Cotton manufacturing is stopped at Daisy Hill Mill. Shoe manufacturing commences.

York Mill is sold to Magnet Pet Foods.

Princess Margaret marries Anthony Armstrong James on May 6th.

21st May. New St Johns Ambulance HQ for Rishton & Great Harwood opens on Mercer Street in Great Harwood.

On the 1st July my older brother Roy Wilkinson is born at 58 Hermitage Street.

July was wettest since records began in 1937 with 10.55 inches of rain. There would be a total of 55 inches during the year, 7 inches above the average.

Norden Fireworks ceases production.

1961 7th January. There are protests when it is announced that the registry office is to be closed.

4th March. St. Peters & Paul's junior school is dedicated.

Rishton Co-operative Society bought out by Blackburn Co-op.

25th May. The parish church junior school was officially opened.

1962 22nd January. Councillor F. Worsley resigns as president of Rishton CC after its decision to play Sunday matches.

Former Rishton Co-op building demolished.

28th September. Johnny Wardle, Yorkshire and England spin bowler, signs for the Cricket club.

1963 25th May. Sugar shortage.

22nd June. Holiday chaos leads for calls for wakes weeks to return to July.

30th September. Mary Street Methodists closes.

1964 28th March. 3,000 worth of damage caused to Workingmen's club from a fire.

5th April. Paul Wilkinson is born at 58 Hermitage Street. (web author)

12th July. Johnny Wardle resigns for Rishton CC for the 1965 season.

1965 2nd June. The Great Charter (Magna Carta) is 750 years old and a holiday is held.

Daisy hill Mill catches fire and Donshu footwear merges with another business.

15th August, The Congregational church closes.

26th October, Blackburn's plans to absorb Whitebirk are meet with immediate opposition.

1966 Britannia Mill Closed.

29th June, Toc H opened by David Bailey.

30th July, the entire district comes to a stand still as England beat Germany in the World cup final.

21st October. Aberfan Disaster happens. 144 people dead, 116 of them children.

17th December, Great Harwood and Rishton agree to amalgamate with Accrington.

1967 Britannia Mill is bought by Scapa mouldings.

2nd March, Congregational church is demolished.

18th October, the Methodists decide to build a new church.

27th December, Sydney Barnes, age 94, famous test cricketer who played for Rishton between 1894 - 99 dies.

1968 23rd January, The Military Medal is awarded to Corporal Robert J. Anderson of Edward Street, for bravery in Aden in May 1967.

2nd April, plans are unveiled for a new link road to the M6 motorway at Preston.

28th May, Queen Elizabeth II drives through Rishton and a holiday is given to all.

31st August, Rishton Pro for 6 years, Johnny Wardle announces his retirement.

New Church of England school built on Arundel Street.

1969 14th June, the Maud report recommends the amalgamation of Accrington etc with Blackburn. This was not well received.

20th December, A 3 million pound plan was unveiled for the regeneration of Rishton over a 5 year period.

1970 9th May, A proposed route of the M65 was published.
1971 15th February, Introduction of decimal currency.

15th March, Work begins on the new Methodists school.

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

Spring Mill rebuilt for a warehouse company.

October, Lord Clitheroe officially opens Norden School.

1972 22nd January, L. C. C. issue 1st plans for "Hyndburn" with a pop of 81,000.

Bridgefield Mill is closed down.

Rishton Power station ceases electricity supplies. Power now gained through the national grid.

6th June, Canon Ernest Southcott, pioneer of the house/church system was appointed vicar of Saint Peter and Paul's church.

4th November. North Sea Gas arrives to the town.

November 20th, The Silver Wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

25th November, boundary commission decide on the new Hyndburn area.

1973 6th January, women allowed in British legion club for the first time.

24th February, dispute over the name of the new borough, Rishton favours Hyndburn.

3rd March, new motorway route approved by council.

New Methodist Chapel and School built on former pit site.

9th June sees Hyndburn's 1st council returned with the liberals holding the balance with just 3 of the 48 seats.

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

4th August. New ultra modern Methodists church opens.

7th August. Rishton CC win Worsley cup for 6th time.

8th September. New Parish Infant school opens.

Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Philips on November 14th.

15th December. Miners strike causes food rationing, power cuts and fuel shortages.

1974 9th February. New charter for the borough council is approved and comes into existence on the 1st April.

Rishton joins the Borough of Hyndburn, consisting of Accrington, Clayton Le Moors, great Harwood, Huncoat, Altham, Oswaldtwistle, Church, and of course Rishton.

The new Lancashire County Council is also formed.

1975 Grimshaw's Timber merchants based in the former Wellington Mill closes down.

Demolition takes place of the original Fountain Brewery site.

My little Sister Wendy Ann is born on the 20th July.

1977 Britannia Mill is sold to Lancashire Batteries.
1981 Charles, Prince of Wales, and heir to the Throne, marries Lady Diana Spencer.
1983 Rishton Power Station demolished.
1985 Wellington Mill site is flattened.

Magnet pet Foods leave York Mill, the building is split into smaller units.

1994 M65 constructed from Burnley to Rishton.
1995 Station Close Completed.
1997 Diana, Princess of Wales is killed in a car crash in France.
1998 Houses are built on the former site of Wellington Mill, and Alan Critchlow Way is created.
1999

11th August. Total eclipse of the Sun seen from Rishton.

2002First Speed Camera introduced to Rishton.

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Golden Jubilee.

10th November. Stepping Out Project officially launched.

2005 15th October. Norden Bridge Gate is officially opened by Rishton Prospects.
2009 27th February. Rishton HSBC Bank is robbed of an unspecified amount, but a 50,000 reward is offered for information.