The Longridge Heritage Centre’s latest display is now on show at the Old Station in Berry Lane. It focuses on Conservation Areas and Listed Buildings in the town, highlighting the many historical buildings and other structures we are fortunate to enjoy in our local environment.
The display also includes buildings of note not already Listed or in the Conservation Areas but which have historical or architectural significance. One notable example is Alston Lodge on Lower Lane - information has recently come to light linking the house with the famous picture known as ‘Whistler’s Mother’. The lady in question, Anna McNeil Whistler, was the half sister of Eliza Winstanley who lived there with her husband for almost 30 years until her death in 1857. Although she lived in America, Anna was a regular visitor to the house over the years and her son, the artist James, also visited as a young boy. The well known picture was painted in London in 1871 when Anna was living there with her son."