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Bacup Miscellany: 2nd: Prose and Verse by Local Writers Past and Present

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Thank you for your kind comments everyone, it's really put a smile on my face to know that my one-man efforts (that drive me to despair with the tediousness of repetitive tasks at times) seem to be heading in the right direction. During the Victorian period the town prospered, with quarrying, weaving, mining, cotton spinning and shoe manufacturing providing a variety of occupations for the population of the town, and the natural geography offering a wealth of resources for businessmen and women to utilise to it’s fullest potential. Today, we can look back with pride upon the dedication of our staff and the achievements of our current and former students. above street level, and the houses (and mill, still to be started) will obstruct viewing the railway head-on. Street begins to climb earlier and then levels out (although still an inch or so below track level).

Peter said: “Once the photos had been scanned I thought it would be good for Valley people to see them, and Facebook provided an opportunity for Valley folk to talk to each other about them.In 2011, as a precursor to its centenary celebrations, the school marked 100 years since its foundation stones were laid. Bacup railway station served the town of Bacup, Rossendale, Lancashire, England, from 1852 until closure in 1966 and was the terminus of two lines; one from Rawtenstall and the other from Rochdale. My reasoning behind building the station first, however daft, is that I wouldn't know how wide the platform was until I'd built the canopy, and I wouldn't be able to plan the station throat properly until I knew how wide the platforms would be. You certainly have a keen eye for building and their construction as your shots amply demonstrate, and the speed of their assembly has not comprimised their quality either. There was another lady who was able to show the photos to her grandmother and found pictures of the lady’s husband.

They will also explore a specific Elizabethan site in depth focusing on its historical context and examining the relationship between a specific place and associated historical events and developments. Business has been carried out here for centuries, with the earliest traders dealing in woollen cloths and domestic flannels. The second problem stems from the above really, as to ensure that all enough sidings of a decent length can be fitted in, the turnout into the goods yard needs to be placed part way along the run-round.Around the many mills houses grew like weeds, built in a hurry on any land available no need to worry about sanitation or the view as one of the mill masters said " Houses were not made for living in: the mill was where they lived. The valance on the outside edge is Slaters embossed Plastikard (2mm planking, if I remember correctly). Indeed now, modern day Bacup, has been given the title of the ‘best preserved cotton town in England’ by English Heritage.

I bought it when it first came out (1986 - I had just turned 16) and the photograph in question is of a Class 105 DMU exiting a run down Bacup Station as a Black Five shunts a BR goods van. In the background is your usual grotty Pennine mill town, with unloved terraced houses, chimneys galore, mills (both working and abandoned) and the River Irwell trickling past, choked almost to death by the myriad of chemicals that have flown into it upstream from various factories.I toyed with the idea of ignoring this and putting the sidings in the same direction as the platforms but the idea of using the run-round as a headshunt and trying to keep as much to prototype as possible made me persevere and look for ways round it. This looks like a gem in the making, have often looked at the same page in the NorthWest book myself and thought what a good model Baccup would make. The various buildings in the background are left-overs from my last layout and in all likelyhood, will not find homes on this one.

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