Newel post in former Accrington Bank

This lovely newel post is in Accrington’s very first bank, the 1858 Manchester & Liverpool Bank, Eagle Street, which I am presently studying. It led to the bank clerk quarters above the banking hall. I love the simple flower motif, something which looks forward a couple of decades to the Arts & Crafts Movement of the 1890s.

The Talbot Conference – Blackburn

This weekend’s Talbot Conference centred on the marvelous photographic archive of the late Wally Talbot and his son, Howard. The father and son partnership photographed all aspects of Blackburn life from the 1930s to the 1990s. Their combined legacy of thousands of negatives and plates has recently been donated to the town and is now being painstakingly researched, catalogued and restored by Blackburn college photographer, Peter Graham. The restored photographs are steadily being published online on Blackburn Library’s “Cotton Town” website.

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