This top image shows how Blakey Moor looked just before they built the Technical School on the plot. This photo would have been taken from the corner of Barton St, just by The Jubilee pub. Please note the clock tower of St Paul's school, as a reference and then have a look at the bottom image, taken in the 1950's/1960's to get some perspective.
The square section tower on the left of the photo, rising above the roofline, is St Paul's Church and the large, three storey building on the extreme right is the Golden Ball pub (I think) on the corner of long gone Cannon St.
The foundation stone for the 'Tech' was laid on May 9th 1888 and construction wasn't completed until 1894, although the first students had moved into the unfinished building in 1891. That's not as unusual as it sounds, they were still teaching students while construction work went on around them during the years I worked at the college (1994 - 2008)
Images courtesy of Blackburn College & The Community Studies Dept, Blackburn Library.
Document courtesy of the CP collection.