History of the Knowle Green area

Sell outWith every ticket sold, the concert by the Swing Commanders in Knowle Green Village Hall was a great success. The five-piece group captivated their audience playing swing from the 1930s, '40s and '50s. An evening of great joy and great music played to perfection by accomplished musicians.

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A local historian gave a very informative talk to members of Knowle Green and Dutton Women's Institute on the history of Hurst Green.

Mr Roy Skilbeck, a familiar figure to members, has lived in the area for most of his life, and has written books about the village and surrounding district. He spoke about the old boundaries of Knowle Green and the different families that lived there, and their way of life.

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He gave details of mills in Knowle Green, one being a bobbin mill which employed 18 people, also weaving was another industry in the area. New Row cottages belonged to cotton weavers and it was a thriving industry.

Mr Skilbeck talked about the Romans, Vikings and Jacobites who had roamed the area over the centuries. Mrs Nora Cameron expressed thanks.

This month's meeting is "A Lancashire Evening" on Wednesday (March 10th) in St Peter and St Paul's Community Centre, new members are welcome.