17th,18th and 19th May 2019

A Folk Music weekend not to be missed. In aid of CMV Action & Downham Village Hall.

16 outstanding female acts and 2 fantastic dance groups

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Downham Banner

The conservation and display of the Centenary Banner of the Downham Benevolent Society.

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Wedding Venue

Downham Village is your ideal Lancashire wedding venue, what better backdrop could you have for your special day than in probably the most beautiful village in the Ribble Valley.

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CONGRATULATIONS RALPH

The Hon Ralph C. Assheton TD DL has been appointed High Sheriff of Lancashire. As the new High Sheriff, Ralph will be sworn in at a ceremony on Friday, 5th April when he takes over from the incumbent High Sheriff, Anthony Attard OBE DL.

HM The Queen personally appoints the High Sheriff of Lancashire – a role dating back more than 1,000 years. Ralph said “To become High Sheriff of Lancashire is a great honour for me”. The role includes a duty to “protect and assist in upholding the dignity and well being of Her Majesty’s Judges and to project the principles of encouraging responsible citizenship and respect for the diversity of the community which lie at the heart of our Constitution”. The office of High Sheriff is an unpaid and voluntary role.

SAVE THESE DATES

GARDENS OPEN at Downham Hall in aid of charities will be on Saturday and Sunday
13th and 14th July. The human fruit machine is getting geared up .Kare you going to help?

Memories of WW2 Evacuation to Downham  (pdf)

ERINUS ALPINUS, the pretty wall flower we see growing in our locality each spring, has its own ‘local history’. It is not a native of the area and we are not sure of when it was introduced but it is a rather special ‘immigrant’. The plant has been around for a long time but how did it get here? Click for full article (pdf)

TWISTON MILL
A Short history by Jenny Palmer

If you walk past the lodge at Twiston Mill today, all you see is a cluster of farm buildings and a house. It is hard to imagine that any industrial activity ever went on there. But for almost a hundred years, from 1792-1882, Twiston Mill was a hive of activity with up to 49 operatives working in the cotton mill at one time. (1861 Census).

Twiston Mill part 1  (pdf)

TWISTON mill burnt down in 1882 but, as the graph shows, the decline in the population of Twiston had already started well before that, as people moved from the countryside to the towns. This second article looks at the mill hands who lived and worked at Twiston Mill. It examines the number and size of families, the sort of jobs people did, where they lived, where they came from, the turnover of staff and managers and the gradual transition of the mill into a farm. It uses the 1841-91 censuses as a chief resource and refers also to the electoral registers as well as articles in the British Library online newspapers.

Twiston Mill part 2 (pdf)

Downham and Twiston History Group

History Group Newsletter 5 Decemberl 2012  (pdf)

Memories of WW2 Evacuation to Downham  (pdf)

History Group Newsletter no 4 August 2011  (pdf)

Dowham & Twiston History Group Newsletter No 3 MArch 2011  (pdf) Twiston Mill part 2

Dowham & Twiston History Group Newsletter No 2 November 2010  (pdf)

History Group Newsletter Augsut 2010  (pdf)

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