Clitheroe and Family History

We went to Slaidburn on Monday, taking the tree picture on the way. It’s a fascinating old village, which wouldn’t look out of place in a Harry Potter film (or a Hammer House of Horror film for those of us who remember them).

I’ll be writing about that visit in a couple of days.

Then we went to Clitheroe. It’s a pleasant small town not far from Pendle Hill, and it has cropped up a few times in recent posts, mainly as a residence for various members of my family. I used to enjoy visiting it when I was a child, though I have to say that I never noticed how hilly it was when I was younger.

It was a dullish day so I had a go with the effects on my computer – not sure if it’s worked or not. One of my early memories is of visiting the war memorial with my grandmother and being shown her father’s name on the side.


Like so many others he’s just a name on a memorial now, I doubt if anyone who knew him is alive now.

These are various homes of the Carus family over the years. The one with the red car is where my grandmother was living with her widowed mother in 1917, and may be the one where the family photo was taken. The view of the castle is the one they would have seen when they stepped outside.

Harry Carus and family. Clitheroe 1915.

Harry Carus and family -1915

The house with the silver car outside is the one where all the family lived in the late 19th century – all nine of them!

The other one, with the box balls in the front garden, is where Isaac Newton Carus lived, before handing it on to one of his sons.

I have a lot more to do, so this is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s a strange feeling, seeing all these places where family used to live, particularly as I must have passed within 100 yards of one of them dozens of times without realising.

29 thoughts on “Clitheroe and Family History

  1. Derrick McRobert

    Fascinating! I am married to “Auntie Peggy’s” daughter Eleanor! I have also found Harry’s name on the War memorial at Clitheroe.

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  3. arlingwoman

    It must make you wish you had asked questions when they were alive, though doubtless you were too young (not talking about the WWI vets here, but your gran, etc).

    1. quercuscommunity

      A mix of too young and them rarely talking about it. Both my grandfathers spoke to me once about their experiences ) one in WW1 and one in WW2 and that was that – they just didn’t want to say more. My grandmother told me a bit more and one of her sisters told me some things once (those are the two older ones in the family picture). They had been orphaned when their mother died in 1921 and split up amongst the family and had some bad times.

      1. arlingwoman

        That’s part of it too. My father rarely talked about WW2, unless it was about people or places. Nothing about combat. My uncles were the same.

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