Category: History

Housecast wins Lancashire Award!

We are pleased to announce that our Housecast Podcast has won an award! The Lancashire Cricket Foundation at Old Trafford give an award a month called the “Game Changer of the Month”, of which Housecast won...

1923: John Cuffe

The universally applauded appearance of Stan Heaton on Sky Sports recently prompted an interesting enquiry from Pat Rodgers a teacher from New South Wales.  Pat is writing a book about John Alexander Cuffe, who was professional...

1908: Abram Disaster – Social History

As Stan mentioned in his recent notes, the club has helped to raise a considerable amount of money for the NHS.  The link between our local cricket clubs and good causes is of long standing. This...

1976: Don Smiths Diary

Clive Spencer has sent in the below for the archive. He said: Having a tidy out and came across an old Burnley Express for 15 June1976. Not a lot worth salvaging but there were three pieces...

1941: Home Guard vs Lowerhouse

In April 1980, the Express ran some retro articles about pre-war amateur sport, particularly cricket and football, and about Burnley during the war years, which prompted readers to send in their own memories. Syd Ratcliffe, “the...

1980: From the Archive Part 2

By Stan Heaton The Express Cup was a competition organised by the Express Group of Newspapers covering our area viz. Colne Times, Nelson Leader and Burnley Express. The competition began way back, was abandoned and then...

1956: Salked Retires

Another one for the archive sent in by Burnley Civic Trust – Albert Salkeld retires as chairman in December 1956.

1958: Lowerhouse Sign Sohoni

Two more pieces for the archive today, date from 1958 with our professional Ranga Sohoni. He appeared in four Tests for India but in his only year at Lowerhouse managed just 372 runs and 29 wickets,...

2005: House make history at last

Ed McCullough has sent in some clippings of the Burnley Express and Lancashire Evening Telegraph after our win and league win at Rawtenstall.

1980: From the Archive

Following hard on the heels of Roger Bromley’s wonderful podcast we feature two photographs from the 1980 season showing Roger in full bowling pomp in an express Cup game. The season was a good marker of progress....

1880: Lowerhouse Fold

Roger Bromley has sent in the below photo he found of Lowerhouse Fold in 1880. Stan commented: “First recorded record of the Hope family eagerly awaiting the gates to open at Lowerhouse CC”

1995: Lowerhouse still in debt

A sombre read from the Lancashire Evening Telegraph in 1995. LOWERHOUSE CC continued their financial progress with a profit of £1,850 last year. But treasurer David Wren says everything in the West End garden is far...

1975: From the Archive

By Stan Heaton Post script – from the 1974 archive   As mentioned, – Alan Holden was missing from the team photo. The reason being that the photo was taken on the first game of the season...

1902: Lowerhouse Lane

Photo sent in by Roger Bromley The houses on the left were opposite and offset from David Wren Way where the village green is now. They were demolished in the mid sixties and had fallen into...