Floods of memories in archive journey

Todmorden Photographic Society enjoyed a meander down Memory Lane, when Douglas Wright gave his lecture Todmorden Through The Archives.

He produced a catalogue of floods and disasters, with memorable images from the 1982 flood, with Todmorden changed into a lakeside town, and buses in deep water.

However, as always, humour had to have its place, and we saw children swimming in deep water on the cricket pitch.

Many very old photos were shown, the earliest from the mid 1800s. Shots of the 1930s gave us yet more floods – the consequence of living in such a deep valley. Todmorden’s earliest electricity works (under the bus garage) were very avant-garde for the times and owned by the town!

The viaduct near Bobbin Mill looked splendid with a steam train crossing. Many other mills featured, almost always accompanied by comments from the members “that burnt down in ...”

Fire engines were fascinating, demonstrating the passing of time. The earliest one was pulled by horses, the latest shown in the 1980s. Horse-power featured again, with milk being delivered in churns and sold by measuring pot.

We saw the 1913 train crash – which for a time carried a mystery as there was one body too many. It was then realised that the guard’s van had been carrying a coffin!

Photos of the last Todmorden Borough Council meeting were enjoyed with members naming the Mayor, Peter Cockcroft, and the councillors.

President Ian Wright thanked Douglas for giving an extremely enjoyable show.

Todmorden Photographic Society meets every Wednesday at 7.45pm at St Michael’s Community Centre, Cornholme. The next visiting speaker is Dorothy Burrows with Turkish Delight.