Thursday, 25 June 2015

Miss Hobson's History of Furness Vale.

Miss Hobson, who taught at Furness Vale School was an early researcher of our local history. She mounted an exhibition at the school and the boards displaying her village timeline are among the History Society archives. We also have Miss Hobson's notebooks in which she recorded much of her research. As these are scanned to the computer and transcribed, we will publish some of these items.

 Change of address.   The village bank moved in 1914 from the premises opposite the school, to Jackson's shop.  It had perhaps been sited at no 116 Buxton Road which was later to become the doctor's surgery. It moved to the corner of Station Road and again in 1933 to 99 Buxton Road. The bank finally closed in 1974.

Furness Vale Co-operative Society was formed in 1860 following a meeting at the National School in Whaley Bridge and opened the following year with a capital of £80.  Their first premises was the same shop at the corner of Station Road which they occupied until moving to a purpose built store opposite.

First Buses.  1901  Rhodes mineral water manufacturers in Whaley, ran buses between Whaley and New Mills (3d all the way).
                       1921 The first buses ran through to Buxton.

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