Turning back the clock in Padiham

Padiham’s history was brought to life at yet another fascinating and successful archive exhibition.

Now in its ninth year Padiham Archive Exhibition offered hundreds of town hall visitors the chance to take a stroll down memory lane and see just how much Padiham has changed over the years.

Ann and Sophie Clark pictured at Padiham Archive Exhibition with new material belonging to Ann's father, the late Francis Towers.

Ann and Sophie Clark pictured at Padiham Archive Exhibition with new material belonging to Ann's father, the late Francis Towers.

Exhibitions included “Padiham’s X-Files”, a spooky look at strange goings on within the town; photographer Bobby Ashworth’s collection; old school photographs and “Down Memory Lane”, a series of press cuttings collected by organiser Mrs Ann Clark’s dad, Francis Towers, only recently unearthed.

Mrs Clark said: “We make sure we keep it fresh every year. The only thing that stays the same is the old school photograph. It was a real God send to find the catalogues of old press cuttings that my dad had saved.”

A map of Padiham’s sewerage system from 1897 was also on display along with a long drop down toilet.

Mrs Clark added: “We have the museum here now and people are more than welcome to come in during the week and have a look around when I’m in. We’ve done a lot of work with the schools in the area now and it’s nice because when some of the children are walking past with their parents or grandparents they bring them in to have a look.

“A lot of hard work goes in to the exhibition but it’s worth it.”