STANDING tall and proud in the air is a famous lamp with more history than most.

The Big Lamp stood at the top of Deardengate, Haslingden, from 1841.

Having survived a plan to remove it in 1926, the lamp was uprooted in 1962 when the council decided it was a traffic hazard.

The lamp, erected by public subscription, was lit by gas supplied free by the old Haslingden Union Gas Company until nationalisation of the industry in 1947.

Later, it was converted to electricity.

The lamp was bought by a local shoe manufactured and erected in the grounds of his home in Helmshore Road, where it still stands.

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