Saturday, 19 July 2014

John Eddleston - Photographer

In 1963, a young Blackburnian and keen photographer by the name of John Eddleston, had bought himself a new camera which he was going to take with him on a forthcoming trip to Europe. He decided to familiarise himself with his purchase by traipsing around the town (mainly the centre) taking shots of a Blackburn that would soon disappear in the planned, phased redevelopment. He took hundreds of photos and has left us with a very important archive of that period of Blackburn's history.
In the late 1990's, most of John's photos were published in two small books, which were sold locally and the proceeds used to buy equipment for The Stroke Rehabilitation Ward at Queens Park Hospital (Royal Blackburn as it is now). Quite a few people were instrumental in the publication of these books, Peter Street, Ray Hull, Simon Allen, the printer John Brown and no doubt others too. My personal thanks to them all.
Over the last few years, I have seen John Eddleston's photos crop up on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Youtube and other web-sites and rarely, if ever, is the man given a mention. Not only do they fail to mention the photographer, but often, their reproductions of his work are bad, indeed sometimes awful scans that add insult to injury (please see the example below). Here, by giving him his own category, I hope to rectify that.
Over time I will upload all of his published images. They will be in pretty random order, but I will tag them by location, so if you just want to see some photos of a particular street / road, click on the appropriate one in the 'LABELS' list.  If you would just like to view JE's photos, then click on his name in the same list.
Lark Hill and the junction of Regent St - 1963
The same image as it appeared on a Facebook group and hand on heart, I did nothing but download it from that group. As mentioned above, an insult to the photographer.
Courtesy of John Eddleston

King William Street (Looking south) - 1963

Looking south along King William Street from the corner of Exchange Street.
It looks like people have always sat on the benches in that vicinity, mainly pedestrianised now of course. I've sat there on sunny afternoons myself over the decades, just watching the world go by and chatting to friends.
Fantastic old lamps along the front of the old Town Hall.

Photo courtesy of John Eddleston

Friday, 31 January 2014

Mellor Church Cricket Club - 1929

As you can see from the text, this is the Mellor Church Cricket Team in 1929.
It's a photo from an old book I used to have from that year. Sadly I can't remember the title or the author, so this one will have to go uncredited until I can find out :-)

Friday, 24 January 2014

Higher Eanam - 1963

Looking along Higher Eanam towards the town centre, with the pitched gable of the Victoria Cinema dominant. 
In the far distance, we can see the brewery tower of the Swan Brewery (owned by Dutton's by the time this photo was taken) at Lark Hill.
Courtesy of John Eddleston

Below, looking along the same stretch of Higher Eanam, but in the opposite direction, from Higher Barn St, with The Globe pub in the centre of the photo.
Image courtesy of

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Richmond Terrace looking towards Sudell Cross / Limbrick -- 1963

Looking along Richmond Terrace, towards Sudell Cross, from just below Victoria St, with the boundary wall of St John's Church to the right of the photo and the white tiled gable of the Library/Museum building in the middle distance.
To the left, just off this image, is where there was at one time (1950's - mid 60's?) a clinic, which I think was a pre-fabricated type of building and the doorway visible in the photo, just to the left of the traffic light pole was possibly where the dentist was (or was the entrance to the dentist around the corner, on Victoria St itself?)

Photo courtesy of John Eddleston

Monday, 13 January 2014

Darwen St looking into King William St - 1963

Looking along Darwen St and into King William St, with the junction of Church St to the right and Higher Church St to the left. The Old Bank, pretty central in this photograph, dominates the scene and just in the centre of the crossroads, you can see the policeman in his white coat, directing the traffic.
The building on the other corner of Higher Church St was originally the Prince of Wales Hotel, but by the time this photo was taken in 1963, it had long been an outlet of Burton's (gents outfitters).

Photo courtesy of John Eddleston

Saturday, 26 October 2013



Whalley Banks looking towards Bank Top - 1963

A section of Whalley Banks and looking across the junction of Pump St towards Bank Top.
The Pump House pub on the corner isn't the one that I knew, this is an earlier, three storey version. All the properties to the right of Pump St, including the pub, have long gone, but the properties to the left, on the other side of Pump St remain.
Photo courtesy of John Eddleston.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Victoria St viewed from Church St - 1963

Looking along Victoria St from Church St, with the Littlewoods store on the left, the junction of Lord St, the open market, market buildings and the rear of the Town Hall in the distance.

Photo courtesy of John Eddleston

Saturday, 28 September 2013

An Edwardian Pose - Corporation Park c1904

A lovely, posed image from 1904. I have absolutely no idea who any of these people are, but they look quite well heeled, or maybe they were just a very ordinary Edwardian family, dressed in their Sunday best for an afternoon in the park.
I think (though not certain) they're stood on the central steps, just below the Broad Walk in Corporation Park.
A fantastic shot anyway.
Below is another photograph, obviously taken at the same session.

Courtesy of the CP collection