This is a photograph of 102 Whalley Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire. It was the home of my granddad and nannie – Fred and Florrie Musgrove. Although they lived in other houses in Clitheroe this is the only one I ever knew.
I don’t know if the photograph gives an accurate impression of size. There are four floors – a cellar with two rooms and a door leading to the back garden; ground floor with a front parlour, living room and kitchen; first floor with two bedrooms; and second floor with a further two bedrooms.
The house always seemed to have a warm and cozy feel. I remember my granddad sitting in his armchair next to the coal fire. My mother recalls the front bedroom on the first floor also having a fireplace and coal fire but doesn’t think any of the other bedrooms had fireplaces.
Whenever I think of Fred and Florrie I remember them at 102 Whalley Road. However the original address was 26 Russell Street – the name changed sometime in the 1930’s.
The house was built probably early 19th century. The block of numbers from 90-110 are now Grade II listed buildings – they were listed in September 1976. The listing text on the British Listed Buildings website comments briefly on number 102 – the doorway to No. 102 has plain pilasters, cornice and entablature.
Looking back at the census returns I can see who lived at 26 Russell Street:-
• 1911 – William James Heyes, a cotton weaver, his wife and six children plus two of his wife’s sisters
• 1901 – Richard Bridge, a fire beater at the paper works, his wife and their ten children
• 1891 – James Hargreaves, a block cutter in the print works, his wife and five grandchildren
• 1881 – Mary Dewhurst, working at the paper mill, and her sister Ann
• 1871 – Mary Dewhurst, working at the paper mill, and her sister Ann. Also Thomas Hargreaves, a plasterer and slater, and his wife and son
• 1861 – Thomas Dewhurst, a machine calico printer, and his two daughters Mary and Ann
• 1851 – Thomas Dewhurst, a machine printer, five children, three grandchildren and a son-in-law
These houses are now probably close on 200 years old and will no doubt be standing for many more years.