Researching your Family Tree? For early records of Baptisms and Marriages at St Oswald’s please see the Lancashire Online Parish Clerks page.

Rose Queen

joyce and adeline

Joyce and Adeline

It was a tradition for many years for St Oswald’s to have a Rose Queen Ceremony.  This photo was taken in 1953  when Adeline Dabbs crowned Joyce Avison on the ‘school field’ which was situated where the houses and bungalows around St Oswald’s Road are now built.

Adeline Dabbs was a Sunday School teacher at the time and later married to become Adeline Sleigh (mother of Alison Anderson).  Joyce Avison, who was 15 at the time of the crowning, later married Bert Taylor.

If you have traced any relatives who had any connections with St Oswald’s, we would love to hear about it and will, with your permission, publish the story on our website. (Please email the Webmaster).

Do you recognise any of these budding footballers?

They were runners up in the Blackburn & District seven a side competition 1992.

Recognise anyone?

Recognise anyone?

4 thoughts on “History

  1. Alison Anderson

    Hi Keith have just seen your post on the St Oswald’s website. My mum was Adeline Sleigh (nee Dabbs). She sadly passed away last year aged 89. She always spoke highly of Mr and Mrs Walsh. Uncle Harry now Lives in Bamber Bridge near Preston. They also had sister called Dorothy who sadly passed away over 10 years ago. Best wishes and thank you for your memories about Mum

  2. Susan Taylor

    Hi just wondering when the later records will be updated on Lancashire parish clerk
    As i just missed out by 18 years, as they stop at 1900.
    A wedding in 1918 Hannah Law and John Alker.
    It was a surprise to see them married in Oswaldtwistle as they were born in Hindley and Aspull, both in the Wigan area, and lived in Aspull afterwards.
    Where will the records be kept at present, any help please?
    Its just to find out addresses and jobs etc of them and their parents.
    Many Thanks

    • Vicar

      Hi Susan,
      All our church records beyond the last 20 years or so are are the Lancashire Archives in Preston. I’ve always found them very helpful. Hope you find what you’re looking for!

  3. Matt Ormerod

    Yup, football picture from 1992.
    The goal keeper I think is a chap called Dudley moor and the tall chap at the back is Chris duckworth the small one to the left and between the two afore mentioned is David Pickering they’ll all be in their 40s now…. Can’t really help with the rest of them time and memory aren’t the best companions.

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