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In 1916 a Zeppelin followed the River Irwell through Rawtenstall and Bury, instead of its intended path along the Rochdale Canal to Manchester. It dropped two bombs in Rawtenstall:

  • an incendiary device which landed in the grounds of Heightside House
  • an explosive device which landed in the grounds of Lea Bank

It is said that the incendiary was carried down to the tram station at Cloughfold, about half a mile, by a special constable who then took it on the tram to the police station in Rawtenstall for investigation. It is now in the Whitaker museum, Rawtenstall.

Wouldn't have wanted his job.

bomb heightside

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