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Old 04-01-09, 16:50   #21
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The house was owned by the hardman family from 1840 and was bought at the turn of the century by Richard Whitaker who gave the money for the house to be turned into a museum and the park for the people of rawtenstall.
Richard Whitaker never lived at the house it was only the hardman family who lived there.
Fascinating history of the place in the reception room at the museum and lots of old photo's
Did they build those old people houses across the road from the park (one story houses) ?

Cant remember what they are called now but they are across from Hayes buildings
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Yes Wizzbang is correct they are alms houses and adminstered by Woodcock & Sons, Solicitors...
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Yes Wizzbang is correct they are alms houses and adminstered by Woodcock & Sons, Solicitors...
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See things in the paper (free press) every now and again asking people to apply for a place via Woodcocks
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facinating story thanks Chloe... I love your input Wadey it sounds about right
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Forgot to say if you have not been to the museum it is well worth a visit. It has a lot of local history in there and also plenty of victorian social history as well.

I have worked there for the past 6 years (Only do every other weekend now) and every time I am in I find out something new

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Tues Wed Thurs 1-4
Sat Sun 1-4

and admission is totally free!!!
Its a great museum
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Its a great museum
I agree for the size of the place its a very interesting place to visit.
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When I used Whitaker Park ( back in the Dark Ages) I was told that the top tier of the fountain was removed during the Second World War as part of the drive to use decorative metals, railings etc, for re-use in making Spitfires
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