52 resdents # 32 Small

Whereas the smallest house in Springhill is no 3 on the picture below. It comprised two rooms, and is now a single room within house no 4.

52 residents # 31 Large

Springhill house is the largest house in the Springhill area. At its largest it covered what is now houses 7, 8 and 9 with 8 and 9 probably being the servant's quarters.

springhill houses annotated

52 residents # 30 The Old Country

The Old Country?

The time before Springhill House was built - c 1835? There is evidence of settlement in the area before then however. The oldest house in Springhill is Polefield Cottage, dated 1642 for a start.

That however is the oldest building still standing. There is evidence of settlement before then too. When the area emerged from Forest Law in 1507, one of the pre-existing vaccaries was Deadwneclough. This lay in the area between Rawtenstall and Waterfoot on which Springhill now stands and the Clitheore Court Rolls give some evidence of a number of residents living in the area at the time of deforestation.

Before then details are scanty. It is said that on deforestation Rossendale as a whole held 16 individuals; the briefest of glimpses at the court rolls indicates that this is an under-estimate but it wasn't densely populated. Deadwenclough had one of two pinfolds in the area (probably about half way down Dobbin Lane), possibly due to its relatively central location but possibly also due to the number of settlements in the area.

The Old Country for this study therefore is the same country but before 1507. We have some idea what happened after that date. Before then, very little.

52 residents # 29 newsworthy

Springhill doesn't often make the news. In the C19, when the local papers recorded a greater range of activities in greater detail, there would be snippets of Charles Patrick's comments at local Conservative meetings or his name would be included amongst the winners of various shows. Prosecutions related to his work as a sub-inspector of factories would be described. Details of his philanthropic activities would be documented effusively in the manner of the time. But little that was truly juicy.

Then in 2010 a Springhill resident was convicted of harassment after sending threatening letters to the resident of his former home.

It transpired that Mr C (although the details are in the public domain) had his home repossessed after he was declared bankrupt and feels that the house was sold with 'indecent haste', presumably also felt to be below market value. The new owners moved in and shortly afterwards began to receive abusive letters from Mr C threatening to sue for repossession. He was prosecuted after ignoring orders to cease, convicted at Burnley Magistrates and given a 12 month conditional discharge.

Thankfully that's as newsworthy as it gets!

52 residents # 28 multiple

In the beginning (well about 1840) there was a house. Springhill House.

By about 1855 Springhill House was larger, possibly to accommodate the increasing number os servants the new 'master of the house', but it was still one house. At some stage it acquired a number of outbuildings and a billiard hall.

After Patrick's death in 1896 Springhill House was subdivided into two, then known as Springhill House and Lawn House. Lawn House was further subdivided in 1934 into what is now Lawn House and Sunset View. At the same time at least two, probably three of the outbuildings were converted into separate houses.

So one became six.

(Just to make things easier, there is another Spring Hill House in Acre, Stacksteads about 2 miles away, together with a Spring Side House and at least two Springfield Houses…)