Street name change leaves Darwen residents baffled

Blackburn Citizen: The old stone plaque named after the 19th-century Italian general The old stone plaque named after the 19th-century Italian general

BAFFLED local historians say they are puzzled and annoyed that Grime Street, at the bottom of Vale Street near Lidl in Darwen, has been renamed Garibaldi Terrace “out of the blue”.

The move was decided by Twin Valley Homes as part of its redevelopment of the area.

Harold Heys, who has written extensively on local history, said: “Garibaldi Terrace was a short row of houses at the bottom of Harwood Street.

“It would have been about 200 yards from Grime Street. I haven’t a clue why no-one asked for our advice.”

Ward councillor Dave Smith said developers had saved an old stone relief, engraved with ‘Garibaldi Terrace’ beneath a lion, when starting work on the Orchard Park development.

It was named in honour of Guiseppe Garibaldi, the Italian general and politician who in the 19th-century led the struggle to unify Italy.

Twin Valley Homes had claimed it was restoring Grime Street to its original name.

But, Mr Heys said Grime Street was built in the 1850s and was probably named after local businessman Thomas Grime, a paper manufacturer who lived at Heatherby, Astley Bank, and was mayor of Darwen in 1886/87.

Garibaldi Terrace was built in 1864.

Tony Foster, another local historian, lived at number 15 when he was younger.

He said: “I don’t recall ever noticing the stone, although you can still see it on Google Maps above number seven.

“We, and everyone else, reckoned we lived in Harwood Street.”

Mr Heys said: “Garibaldi Terrace would have been a whim of the original builders. Perhaps they had Italians roots.

“Garibaldi is a hero of mine. He had a great love of England. But he had nothing to do with Darwen.”

Researcher Phil Calvey said: ”It is all done and dusted now.

“The relief is on a house in Grime Street and it is probably too late to do anything. Perhaps next time someone will ask our advice.”

Coun Smith said: “The stone does appear to be in the wrong place, but at least it has been saved for posterity and is now part of the excellent Orchard Park development.”

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3:41pm Wed 26 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

Keep Calm and have a biscuit!
Keep Calm and have a biscuit! HarryBosch
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9:09pm Wed 12 Mar 14

applebaker says...

Perhaps they should be more bothered about the graffiti on garibaldi terrace, id say that would be interesting to read about.
Its a shame that they have built new houses on the street but the graffiti remains.
Its an eyesore!!!
Not really great considering the street has had its name changed because of local history , how much would it of cost to have the graffiti removed included in the bill of the name change, council tax comes to mind, what are we paying for again?
Just hope that someone from the council or councillors office looks at this.
Perhaps they should be more bothered about the graffiti on garibaldi terrace, id say that would be interesting to read about. Its a shame that they have built new houses on the street but the graffiti remains. Its an eyesore!!! Not really great considering the street has had its name changed because of local history , how much would it of cost to have the graffiti removed included in the bill of the name change, council tax comes to mind, what are we paying for again? Just hope that someone from the council or councillors office looks at this. applebaker
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