52 residents in 52 weeks #16 Andrew Hindley

Andrew Hindley was born in April 1956 and brought up in Lytham St Annes. He was educated at Rossall School and Trinity College, Bristol, where he trained for the Baptist ministry. He had two younger brothers, Mark and Michael.

In 1979 he was appointed minister of Sion Baptist Chapel where he stayed for six years before moving to Brockley Baptist Church, S London, in 1986. After a period of ministry there he worked for a while in a retreat centre on Lindisfarne.

His passion was to help people understand faith and the Bible better. He explored the option of lecturing in Bible college but decided instead to train as a secondary school teacher which he did at Lancaster University. He taught RE at St Wilfred’s, Blackburn, from 2000-2006. It is alleged he performed a version of the Troggs’ ‘Wild Thing’ at a school talent show. He certainly was an expert in 1960s-70 pop trivia and therefore a useful person on a Trivial Pursuits team.

As minister of Sion he oversaw the transformation of the ‘old’ C19 chapel from a poorly maintained building (the congregation meeting in the schoolroom) to a set of flats which have been in demand since. Stone from the old chapel was reused in the flats and the complex was named ‘Litchford House’ after a Robert Litchford who donated land and property to the church in 1705. This was in the face of opposition from a local history group who were vocal in wanting the old building retained but less willing to pay for its upkeep when it was not in use for worship - a common problem in heritage and one with no easy answer.

Sadly Andrew died on 23 December 2006 aged 50. He conducted my baptism and my wedding.

election poster update

Three weeks before the election and there is one poster in the Springhill area.

clives tory poster 200

Only one problem, it is on council land outside the house of a rival candidate!
The joke is that Clive, the homeowner, chaired the selection committee for the conservative candidate on the poster then didn’t vote for him before jumping ship. He has put that in the public domain.

It is strongly suspected to be the work of a certain section of the Rugby club, which he helps to manage.

52 residents in 52 weeks #15 William Heaton

William Heaton of Clough is listed as being one of the 5 tenants of Deadwenclough in 1609, holding land with a copyhold rent of £1 6s 9d. The others were John Nuttall of Newhall Hey, Francis Bridge, John Nuttall of Clough (church land) and Alexander Haworth. Interesting that the church had land in the Cloughfold area so early, they remained a local landowner well into the C19.

He was Greave of Rossendale in 1600.

His son John was baptised 28 Sept 1640. His will refers to son Richard and daughter Dorothy Pilling but their baptisms are not in the Lancs OPC transcript of Newchurch church.

He was buried on 21 Dec 1654. His will of that year commits his soul to ‘the hands of Almighty God my Maker and Redeemer by the Meritts of whose death and passion by mercy through faith I trust to be saved’ and his body to be buried in Newchurch in Rossendale.

(I love the religious language of the old wills and often wonder just what the testator really believed.)

Half his monetary estate was to be divided between son Richard and daughter Dorothy. The other half was split between 12 friends and acquaintances in small amounts.

A fourth part of his land was to his elder son William ‘which went out of England long since if hee be lyvinge and Returned agayne into England’ within 3 years of his decease.

(Ooh, I wonder where he went. Any database do passenger lists for 1650?)

Easily the most interesting was a further bequest to ‘John Heaton alis Bridge Twenty shillings in a yeare for the tyme of four yeares after my death And fourty shillings to bind him Prentice to learn some trade if any man will undertake to doe it for him’.

Mmm, looks like not all went well with the other son. Wonder what happened, and why he was ‘alis Bridge’? Was he ever apprenticed? The court rolls give no clues…

1609 tenancy:
Grimshaw MS. and Duchy of Lanc. Special Com. 722, cited in 'Townships: Newchurch', in Farrer W and Brownbill J (ed’) A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 6’, (London, 1911), pp. 437-441 (access to the early documents is limited and the LRO encourage the use of transcripts)

Newbigging, History of the Forest of Rossendale 1st end pp 97-107.

LDS film 1040340 via the Lancashire OPC.

Lancashire OPC from parish records

clay pipe

Exhibit in the Whitaker museum, Rawtenstall. A C19 clay pipe donated by Springhill resident Harry Taylor.

how he came to have it or why the museum were interested are unknown.

granpa taylor's pipe 200

battle of the posters

It is Holy Week and it is also the start of the general election campaign. Both of these traditionally involve the displaying of posters announcing the allegiance of the residents.

Holy Week 200

So far Holy Week is winning, with a smattering of HW posters and not a single campaign one yet…watch this space to discover how many trees are voting labour and whether the UKIP candidate even puts one in his window.