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                                                                                         FODC May 2019

From Darwen to see the world recorded on gravestones

Burial ground as an excellent source for local history as every gravestone has a story to tell. Some stories are more interesting and fascinating than others. Two such gravestone that tell of deaths in foreign parts can be found in Darwen’s Western Cemetery.

Joseph Eccles Grave

Joseph Eccles was born in Darwen in 1841, the son of Andrew and Martha Eccles, and by the time he was 20 he was working as a millwright. In 1868 he married Margaret Ann Catterall and they had had three children, Joseph Ernest, Lilly Hetty and Mary – all born in Darwen. Shortly after Mary’s birth in 1870 he learnt that they required millwrights in Russia and along with his family he left his hometown. 


Joseph Eccles Grave

He first arrived in St Petersburgh where a son – Edgar Ethelbert was born in 1877. A further two children were born in Russia before Joseph died in 1887 at Uglitch some 650Km (400 miles) east of St Petersburg. His wife and children returned to Darwen. Edgar went on to serve his King and Country in WW1 with the 1st/8th London Regiment (Post Office Rifles) and he lost his life October 7, 1916. Edgar is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
The other gravestone is the of Robert Critchley Haworth who died April 9, 1923 at Hermosillo, Mexico. But what is hard to believe is that his body was brought back to Darwen for burial in the town’s cemetery.


Robert Critchley Haworth

Robert was born in 1868 and he married Jane Roberts in 1894 and they had three children. By 1923 he was a successful businessman associated with a number Darwen and Blackburn cotton businesses – partner of Haworth & Smith Ltd, cotton waste merchants of Cotton Hall Mill, Darwen; Director and Chairman of James Halliwell (Darwen) Ltd of George Street Mill, Darwen. He was also associated with T Kenyon & Co, Blackburn and the Albert Spinning Co, Darwen.


Robert Critchley Haworth
On March 10, 1923 he sailed from Liverpool of the SS Celtic with his business John Thomas Lonsdale, of Southport, and they arrived in New York nine days later. They were on a two-month commercial venture and from New York they made their way to Nogales, Arizona where they stayed with their friend, Mr Sidebottom. From Arizona both Robert and John spent sometime in Mexico. Whilst in Mexico Robert eat something food that was “off” which resulting in his death. The family wanted his body returned to his hometown and it arrived in Darwen, accompanied by Mr Sidebottom, on Saturday April 28, 1923 (a distance of nearly 6,000 miles), and he was buried on the following Monday. Over 100 people attend the funeral.
These are just two stories uncovered by the Friends of Darwen Cemetery

                                                              Tony Foster FODC May 2019

FODC are attending the Charity Day in Darwen Town Centre 


Do you want to know what we have been up to?

Would you like to help to keep our cemetery looking loved?

You may be surprised that a little effort from a few enthusiastic people can do to make a big difference in our cemetery.

The working parties are not all hard work we do have lots of laughs.

Plus find out about our up and coming Find a Grave Event - have you ever wanted to find a loved ones grave in the Cemetery?
we may be able to help.

Then why not pop to Darwen Market and have a chat.

We will be there from 10am to 4.30pm
Saturday 11th May 2019


This will be held at the same time as the opening of the new Market Square.

                                                              FODC May 2019

Our Next General Meeting and AGM

Will be held on Wednesday 1st May 2019 at 7pm

Darwen Heritage Centre,
Holker House, Railway Road,
Darwen BB3 2RE

If you would like to find out more about FODC please come along.

We shall be showing the completed video of the ceremony on the 1st July 1918 marking the opening of the World War 1 reflective structure that the Friends built in the Cemetery.





Our Next Working Party will be on the

29th June 2019

Then on

13th July 2019
27th July 2019

Between 10am and 1pm in the Western Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Darwen.


Have you seen our Ashes Garden recently.


Have you had a walk through the Ashes Garden recently?

Have you seen how good it is looking?

Many of the donated bushes have now started to mature and fill out the beds around the edges of the garden.


The former Rose Garden that had been abandoned for many years  before the Friends of Darwen Cemetery formed back in 2010

It now is a very peacefull setting for Ashes to be spread
(see T&C below)


If you would like to purchase a Wedge or one of the Bench Plaques please contact Stevenson Memorials on 02154 202019

Prices are £545 including All lettering, fixing, VAT and a donation to the Friends of Darwen Cemetery.


For the Terms and conditions click on the link below

Ashes Garden


Roy's Amusing take on our Working Parties

We have added a New Page to our Website, "Roy's Amusing Working Party Photos".

Have a look at the Photographs taken by Roy during our 2017 Working Parties with Roy's amusing comments.

To see our new page look down the left hand block or click on the link below.

Click Here


Check out our New Booklet Page

If you missed any of our Cemetery Walks over the years, these booklets are still available to buy!

You could complete the walk yourself as each booklet has a map inside showing you the route of each walk and the area each grave on the walk are located.

Or you could buy the booklet just to see the history or story of the Graves featured on
the walk from the comfort of your arm chair! 

If you wish to see other Walk Booklets for sale click the below link.

Walk Booklets

In the Press

29th April 2019:
Friends of Darwen Cemetery to meet.

29th July 2018:
Darwen's Newest Listed StructurePark Road Methodist Church’s War Memorial

17th July 2018:
Darwen's tribute to the World War One fallen proves a great draw to remembrance

19th June 2018:
Darwen's world war one memorial set for unveiling parade

28th April 2018:
Darwen world war one memorial to be unveiled


Friends of Darwen Cemetery 

Postal Address

Friends of Darwen Cemetery
C/O Unit 2A, Hall Moss Business Park
Bolton Road, Bull Hill, Darwen, 
Lancashire BB3

                                                              FODC July 2014

2018 Working Party Dates Released

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2018 Public Meetings Dates Released

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Gift Aid

If you wish to donate to the Friends of Darwen Cemetery and you pay Tax, please click on the image and fill in the details required and email it to
info@darwencemetery.org.uk or you can print out the document and send it in the post to:

Friends of Darwen Cemetery
C/O Unit 2A,
 Hall Moss Business Park, Bolton Road, 
Bull Hill, Darwen, BB3 2TT

We have moved some articles around

We have moved most of the articles from our Home Page into "Our News from 2018 page" and articles from Our News page into a new 2017 Archive Page.

If you want to have a look click on the links below 

Our News from 2018 Page

Other Archive Pages

2017 Archive Page
2016 Archive Page
2015 Archive Page
2014 Archive Page
2013 Archive Page
2012 Archive Page
2011 Archive Page
2010 Archive Page 






27th June 2019
between 10.00am and 1.00pm 
in the Western Cemetery, 
Cemetery Road, Darwen.

If you would like to see others who have got involved click here.

Darwen Days website

Darwen Days have changed its website address
(click on the Link below)

Darwen Days now has a website showing 1000s of Photographs of Darwen, 
many old but some more recent, 
they also include many photographs of the Cemetery.

Click on the link to go direct to the website.


                                        FODC Updated December 2012

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The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of FODC

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