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Old 03-08-09, 21:45   #21
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As far as I know there was one in the little memorial park (Sparrow Park) between the Library and St Mary's Church in Rawtenstall.
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They would have to be air bed in my cellar, they would need to float
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As far as I know there was one in the little memorial park (Sparrow Park) between the Library and St Mary's Church in Rawtenstall.
Yes youre right

Apparently you see the remains via an old grate in the area i believe
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Did some of the quarries get used as air raid shelters

Agree with John, dont think they are any standing
I do not know of any of the quarries over Grane being used as air-raid shelters and the quarry at Hutch Bank was still used in the early 1940's. I have no recollection of seeing any air-raid shelters on my Sunday walks either over Grane or around Hutch Bank. There were cottages below the Hutch Bank Works on the hillside but if they had a shelter I never noticed it.

There was an ammunition 'dump' at Grane. This was on the right of the main road from Haslingden to Blackburn, opposite to the lane branching off to Calf Hey reservoir. There was a small row of cottages, then a track towards the quarry and part of the 'dump' was immediately on the left of that track and covered with turf. How far it extended, how large it really was and what kind of ammunition was piled up there I never found out. The Wavell Works in Holden Wood was a munitions factory and was a potential target for the bombers. could that be the connection?
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Did some of the quarries get used as air raid shelters

Agree with John, dont think they are any standing
I do not know of any of the quarries over Grane being used as air-raid shelters and the quarry at Hutch Bank was still used in the early 1940's. I have no recollection of seeing any air-raid shelters on my Sunday walks either over Grane or around Hutch Bank. There were cottages below the Hutch Bank Works on the hillside but if they had a shelter I never noticed it.

There was an ammunition 'dump' at Grane. This was on the right of the main road from Haslingden to Blackburn, opposite to the lane branching off to Calf Hey reservoir. There was a small row of cottages, then a track towards the quarry and part of the 'dump' was immediately on the left of that track and covered with turf. How far it extended, how large it really was and what kind of ammunition was piled up there I never found out. The Wavell Works in Holden Wood was a munitions factory and was a potential target for the bombers. could that be the connection?
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I do not know of any of the quarries over Grane being used as air-raid shelters and the quarry at Hutch Bank was still used in the early 1940's. I have no recollection of seeing any air-raid shelters on my Sunday walks either over Grane or around Hutch Bank. There were cottages below the Hutch Bank Works on the hillside but if they had a shelter I never noticed it.

There was an ammunition 'dump' at Grane. This was on the right of the main road from Haslingden to Blackburn, opposite to the lane branching off to Calf Hey reservoir. There was a small row of cottages, then a track towards the quarry and part of the 'dump' was immediately on the left of that track and covered with turf. How far it extended, how large it really was and what kind of ammunition was piled up there I never found out. The Wavell Works in Holden Wood was a munitions factory and was a potential target for the bombers. could that be the connection?
My mother worked making munitions in Haslingden during the war, right up to the 1970s we had a shell case as a doorstop, I always assumed it wasn't live. However, I never knew which factory she worked at. Were many of the Mills given over to war work? You mention the Wavell Works, was that what we later called the Bleach Works ( don't know if they ever made bleach but it smelt awful and didn't do much for the river Ogden)
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My father worked at Wavell Works on munitions. The Bleach Works was on the opposite side of the road which was an area known to me as 'Camms'. I used to pass some of those buildings when I cycled from Grane Road, taking a left fork at the railway bridge, past Birtwistle's Mill and some cottages set a little way back and past an unpleasant- smelling lodge which had a whitish deposit on its surface, eventually reaching the main road at Holden Wood. At one stage my father was re-deployed to Oldham so it is doubtful that other local mills were munitions factories, but maybe someone-else will know. At one factory my father was working with aeroplane-glass - perspex , and made me a pendant from one of the scraps. Who knows-maybe your mother made one somewhere? Sirrom51
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At one factory my father was working with aeroplane-glass - perspex , and made me a pendant from one of the scraps. Who knows-maybe your mother made one somewhere? Sirrom51
That's interesting - my grandfather in Haslingden had a small shield and sword on a stand - he said he'd made it from areoplane glass (perspex). As kids we always thought he'd shot down a german plane but maybe he just worked at that factory............
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Did your grandfather ever mention parachute silk? My father brought home some torn, segment-shaped pieces of parachute silk. These were cream in colour and as fabric was at that time practically impossible to come by, tidied up and pieced together they became usable although I don't remember if my mother actually made anything. Whether they were remnants from the production of ours or from shot down parachutists I do not know. They were not from practices over Tor or Musbury as those parachutes were pale green.
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i used to work at smith and nephew at cloughfold,and the works engineer told us that they used to make plane engines in the basement ,never could get down to see.my dad once brought home some green parachute silk for us.
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