Saturday, 4 June 2016

New book on Darwen's proud history

A great new book on a prominent Darwen family will be launched at a coffee morning at the Library on Saturday, June 18 (from 10,15am).
It's the third book produced by the Friends of Darwen Library in connection with the Centenary of the Great War. The previous two sold out. Don't miss this one!

It's about Stanley Webb Davies, born into the rich mill-owning family who owned Greenfield & Waterfield mills and who built Garden Village for their workers. He was educated at Quaker Schools and Oxford but was a conscientious objector during the Great War. Instead he worked for three years with the Quaker team doing relief work, building houses for bombed-out and destitute peasants.

He decided not to go into the family business and set up as an arts and crafts furniture maker in Windermere where he lived for over 50 years. His older brother Percy became the first Lord Darwen.

Lots of great photos and touching tales of the very interesting life of "A Proud Son of Darwen." The book: Stanley Webb Davies; Family, Friends & Furniture has been written by local journalist Harold Heys and Dr Ian Naylor, head of chemistry at Bradford University.

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