Story behind the window I painted
A few weeks ago, I watched a TV show (Who do you think you are?) starring Danny Dyer (EastEnders) searching for his family ancestors.
It seems he had connections with Oliver Cromwell, which touched a chord in my memory box.
I worked as a painter and decorator for five years during 1955 and 1960 in Longridge and the surrounding district, just the boss and I.
In August 1958, we redecorated a very old single storey cottage in a lane off Sharoe Green Lane.
I did the front bedroom overlooking the roadway.
I was putting the finishing touches to it, painting the front window, when the lady of the house told me a story.
She said I wouldn’t realise that, 310 years ago in August, Oliver Cromwell slept overnight in this room.
He was on his way to repel the Scots on their way south.
His army was camped outside the front of the cottage which would have been open fields in those days.
When he woke up in the morning, he would have looked out of the same window I was painting to survey his army before setting off to fight the Battle of Preston (August 17-19) when he defeated the Scots and then marched on to Edinburgh.
I asked her if she had any visits from ghosts but she said she sometimes dreamt about the time but no ghosts!
The bed he slept in was long gone and her bed would be a lot more comfortable than his. I myself had a strange feeling painting the very window that the great man look out of.
Australia Picture: Map of The Battle of Preston, August 17, 1648, comes courtesy of A history of Preston in Amounderness by Henry Wordsworth Clemesha and Preston Digital Archive
Re: Preston New Road, Cuadrilla Site. In Question Time at last Thursday’s meeting of Lancashire County Council, the cabinet member for Environment, Economic Development and Planning, County Coun Michael Green, took questions from five county councillors on the issue of fracking at the site on Preston New Road.
He was asked if the activities of Cuadrilla met the planning conditions and had there been any breaches of consent?
In his reply, County Coun Green reported that there had been 182 complaints which had been fully investigated and the appropriate response given.
He reported that, in the majority of cases, no breach had occurred and in the small number of breaches, the impact had been minor and temporary.
Coun Green went on to say that the legally granted consent given to Cuadrilla to carry out fracking on the site had brought about a significant number of protesters.
The activities of these protesters – 80 per cent of whom do not live in the area – led to 282 arrests and 264 charges brought over a period of six months, with the worst period being in July.
He felt that the damage to the public purse and the decrease in trade to local businesses was very serious and felt that the protestors should be very ashamed of themselves.
This forthright statement by County Coun Green is much to be applauded and demonstrates the appropriate neutrality of the cabinet member for the environment in his dealings with this new and very welcome industry.
As a former member of Lancashire County Council, I am well aware of the pressure on senior councillors in carrying
out their duties and I am
very proud to associate myself with his stance on this issue.
Bernard J Whittle OBE
Hon. County Councillor
Trams would solve problem
I have been in favour of trams in Preston since Trampower came up with the idea.
Several cities in the UK have found them useful in reducing the number of cars on their streets.
In Preston, the route which is planned could help alleviate several bottlenecks in the city.
Firstly, Deepdale shopping centre.
Anyone who has visited this area knows how difficult it is to get on and off the car park. A tram stop adjacent to the site would greatly reduce traffic.
The second problem area is Preston North End football ground. With the reintroduction of the Bluebell Way car park, away supporters could be directed straight off the motorway to park here and get onto special trams which could take them direct to within a two-minute walk to the football ground, thus reducing traffic on match days.
Again the same ‘white elephant’ car park would be used during the week, with trams taking office and shop staff direct into the middle of the city.
I can’t understand why LCC highways department don’t see this.
Although with the numbers of traffic lights being installed on our routes into town, I can only say that causing hold-ups seems to be their logic, not free-flowing traffic.
Puzzled by questions
Re: Lancashire County Council’s booklet, consultation on library opening hours.
Is there anyone out there who can explain the following questions in the above booklet: Have you ever identified as transgender? What religion am I and what sexual orientation? There are six boxes to tick. There are no questions regarding books I like to read.
Crack down on ‘scroungers’
A right-wing newspaper would call someone who takes money – which they are not entitled to – from tax payers as a ‘scrounger’. So what do we call those members of the House of Lords who take money they are not entitled to (because they do no work)?
MOLLY CLARE via email