The name Crown has become synonymous with Darwen over the years and the firm has certainly put the town on the global map for both its paints and wall coverings.

The company has employed thousands of people, often several generations of the same family.

We have been into the archive and discovered these photos recording life at Crown over the years. They show new machinery at the various centres owned by the DIY giant plus some of the changing product ranges over the years.

If you worked at Crown, these pictures may well bring back some memories.

If you would like to share any photos you might have at your time with Crown we’d love to share them with Looking Back readers. Email