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Pendle Mysteries

Eileen 'Dusty' Deste was an avid photographer of industrial dereliction in the 1960s and 1970s. Amongst the material that we hold is a batch of negatives entitled 'Nelson and Colne' - towns that are nestled beneath Pendle Hill in East Lancashire.

However the images in this batch include subjects from further afield, including Burnley, Leeds and other locations in West Yorkshire. Much of this we have been able to track down, but we suspect many of the buildings have been demolished or altered so there are plenty more to be found. 

If you can pinpoint any of these places or offer further clues, please email us at: canyouhelp@HistoricEngland.org.uk

Thank you!

Pendle Mysteries Image Gallery

Please click on the gallery images to enlarge.

  • Archive black and white photograph of two pre-school children playing in an alley, with a mill in the background.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a derelict Morris Minor on waste ground beside former mill site with chimney and north light sheds in background.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a terrace of houses fronting onto unmade road with mixed industrial complex in background.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a mill complex.
  • Archive black and white photograph looking along railway lines showing sidings and terraces of houses in the distance.
  • Archive black and white photograph through trees down to a mill complex in a semi rural setting with a settlement on the hill above.
  • Archive black and white photograph of mill chimneys in a valley bottom.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a castellated industrial building.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a gateway with ionic pilasters.
  • Archive black and white photograph of mill buildings and a chimney.
  • Archive black and white photograph of an industrial chimney on a hillside with a man in the foreground gesturing towards it.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a stone built mill complex.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a stone built mill complex.
  • Archive black and white photograph of cattle grazing in fields with a farm in the background.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a weir on an unidentified watercourse with a derelict mill building just visible on the right hand riverbank.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a mill chimney and telegraph pole.
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