Been having a Google for interesting stuff from Hapton, the village I now live in.
We had electricity before Accrington and Burnley. Fancy that!
Source: Chronology of Electric Power
1888: Electric Lighting Act extends period before compulsory purchase possible to 42 years. Parsons installs his first turbo-alternator set at the Forth Banks Power Station. Operated at 4,800 rpm, capacity kw. One business already light by electricity in Burnley. Hapton streets illuminated by electricity from August. Joseph F. Simpson, a local man, who was an electrician with Edison & Co. in Manchester, installed a dynamo in his family’s Perseverance Mills. It was a modified Kapp machine, driven by a 6 HP steam engine which also powered the winding, taping and sizing machinery. The firm already supplied gas to the village, but extending gas lighting in the streets was considered too expensive. Instead seven 50 candle power electric lights were erected. Three were over the centre of Bridge Street where previous gas lights had only been of 18 candle power. Others were proposed for side streets, the Conservative Club and the mill’s warehouse. Swan’s incandescent lights, with enamelled iron reflectors, were used, and they were light from dusk until 9-45.
Hameldon Hill, in Hapton, used as a firing range by the Military from the early 1800s. The remains of target mechanisms could still be seen in the mid-nineties. Source: Hapton Heritage
In 1962 19 miners died as a result of an explosion at Hapton Colliery.
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Painting by Lancashire artist Roger Hampson:
The village has a War Memorial to WW1, made from Aberdeen granite. Unveiled in 1921.
It is padlocked behind railings in the grounds of the local school.
List of men who perished: Burnley Gallantry
Will no doubt be digging up some other trivia, will blog them when I do.