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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 much further afield, including Burnley, Leeds and other locations in West Yorkshire and beyond. 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 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 showing a rural view of a farmstead and hamlet.
  • Archive black and white photograph showing a road with lorries travelling and a group of shops on the far side.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a cobbled side street lined with houses and a mill at the end.
  • Archive black and white photograph of a night view of a modern building lit from within.
  • Archive black and white photograph showing a terrace of white painted three storey houses
  • Archive black and white photograph of a railway viaduct over a watercourse
  • Archive black and white photograph showing a ruined building with a farmstead on the brow of a hill in the distance
  • Archive black and white photograph showing terraces of houses lining a sinuous moorland road
  • Archive black and white photograph showing a partly completed tower-block
  • Archive black and white photograph of terraces of houses lining a main road
  • Archive black and white photograph showing side elevations of houses viewed from a back street or alley.
  • Archive black and white photograph of quarry workings and related structures with a terrace of houses in the background
  • 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 showing derelict semi-detached houses viewed across moorland.
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