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Memories of The Ranch recalled at Earby history group heritage day
9:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
Earby and District Local History Society hosted a heritage open day on the town’s Northolme Estate, known locally as The Ranch.
A series of exhibition boards traced the estate’s history from its origins in World War Two to the present day.
The prefabricated houses were built to accommodate war workers from the Midlands when essential work was transferred to West Craven, and there was also a detailed model of an original prefab house of 1941 constructed by Peter Dawson, who was part of the team which built the original prefabs. Youngsters had an area set aside for colouring and drawing a prefab house.
The current houses replaced the prefabs in the 1950s A gathering of “Ranchers” visited the community centre and visitors brought photographs and press cuttings to add to the story of the Ranch. A memory board was also set up. Some of the items and notes brought in will be placed in a time capsule to be stored in the History Society archives for future generations.
Guests included Pendle’s deputy mayor Coun Graham Roach, deputy mayoress Joanna Sagar and 93-year-old John O’Toole, who was chairman of Earby Urban District Council Housing Committee responsible for the replacement of the prefabs with modern post war semis.
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