BBC Radio Blackburn next Wednesday - 24 October. I'll be talking about my new book, Tracing Your Lancashire Ancestors, and if time permits, exploring some of my own ancestors' stories, and giving listeners tips on how to explore their own family tree.
It will be very interesting to visit Blackburn, which was famous for its 'greys' (fustians), and was also the original home of the famous Peel family of cotton manufacturers, who began the art of calico printing by rollers in Lancashire. I am really looking forward to exploring the town.
Fish Lane, Blackburn, traditional birthplace of Sir Robert Peel, first baronet (1750–1830). Engraving by Evans from a drawing by Cardwell. Pictorial History of the County of Lancashire, 1844.