January Newsletter 2018

Newsletter January 2018

Coal Mining in Chorley
The Group has been very fortunate in obtaining extra space for the months of January and February. This has enabled us to mount an important new exhibition in the Lower Gallery of the Farmhouse on ‘Coal Mining in Chorley’. Central to the exhibition are a series of archives and pamphlets which contain meticulously logged information in a number of arch leaved folders, some of which are now on display. They contain not only personal observations but a collection of pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, maps, drawings and photographs of miners at work. For those who worked in the industry or who are fascinated by the part that coal mining played in the industrial growth in the area, a visit to this exhibition is a must. These archives have now been digitalised and Chorley Heritage Centre is grateful to the Chorley Branch Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society for this. Visitors to the exhibition will have access to a laptop enabling them to search for information by name, place and event.
Other information on display at the exhibition are original copies of The Chorley Guardian from 1873 to 1913, a map displaying the site of every mine in the area and reference books and illustrations.
Although there are no longer any coal mines in the Chorley area, the industry played an important part in the history of the town and an account of this is well worth preserving.

Chorley Heritage Centre Group The Farmhouse Astley Park Chorley
Contacts The Heritage Group offers a very warm welcome to new members. Anyone interested in the heritage of our town and wishing to become involved in helping to record this can obtain application forms from the Farmhouse or alternatively visit our website at www.chorleyheritagecentre.co.uk Here you can browse the site and discover details of both current and forthcoming displays and learn about the wide range of activities in which the Group is, and has been, involved. If you have an expertise about any topic which we might cover in the future do contact us. We are always open to suggestions that will help us to promote Chorley’s historic past.

Waiting in the wings Looking to the future and due to be mounted at Easter is an exhibition entitled ‘The Church in the Community’. Whilst this will make reference to the history of some of our churches it will mainly concentrate on social aspects of the life of the church and the way in which this was visible in the town at large. We have obtained a large collection of photographs of walking days, of all denominations, pageants and productions by church drama groups, the activities of uniformed organisations, church clubs and so much more. What will make this display different to our last two exhibitions is that it is not about buildings but about people. Visitors, therefore, could well come face to face with themselves, their parents, their grandparents or friends. The collection of photographs, many from the archives of the Chorley Guardian but also from other sources, will remind you of what life was like in the fifties

The changing face of Chorley pubs
Our popular exhibition on the ‘Changing Face of Chorley Pubs’ continues on display in the Upper Gallery and will remain there until the end of February. It celebrates the rich history of public houses in the town and reflects upon their rise and fall and the new uses to which these building are now being put.
Records show that in 1793 there were seventeen pubs in Chorley but with the growth of the industrial revolution this number increased considerably. A few of Chorley’s earliest pubs still trade today including the Black Horse, the Duke of York, the Joiners Arms (now Last Orders), the Thatched House Tavern (now Rose and Crown), the Wheatsheaf (now the George) and the White Bulls Head.
It wasn’t until 2014 that Chorley’s first micro pub, the Shepherds Hall Ale House, opened but since then a further seven have appeared around the town , with more opening in the outlying villages.
Whether the pubs still exist or not, it is certain that a walk around the exhibition will bring back many happy memories.

January Newsletter 2018