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Corporation Park Hotel

Picture source: John Cox


 

The Corporation Park Hotel was situated on Revidge Road and closed after a severe fire in 1997.

Source: Max Taylor
 
The Corporation pub was in-fact a three story building until the fire and had to be made safe losing its third floor.
Alan Watson
 
This was, I'm certain, called the Corporation rather than the Corporation Park. Situated on Revidge Road at almost the highest point in Blackburn. Just round the corner the viewing point known as "The Tank" offered views over the whole of Lancashire - Pendle Hill, Blackpool Tower etc with directions and distances marked. The pub was for many years a Thwaites pub, but in its later years Thwaites exchanged it with another brewery - Mitchells comes to mind. The pub formed part of the "Revidge Run", a gruelling pub crawl taking in Pleckgate Road, Shear Brow, Revidge Road and Dukes Brow. 
Philip Nightingale
 

One of the last landlords was a fellow called Shorrock, his son was called Mark. Facing the pub is a plaque dedicated to the chaps that dug out the cutting for the road, in the 1930s I think. The plaque suggests the period was known as the Distress.

Art Wade
 
Ken Sharrocks took over tenancy of the Corporation Park Hotel in 1971 and was landlord until he retired in 1991. The 'Corp' (or 'Corpy') was a Thwaites pub during this period.  The three-storey pub was the highest landmark in Blackburn until 1980 when after being destroyed by fire, in which Ken received severe burn injuries, the building was reduced to a two-storey construction. Ken and his wife May had three children - Jane, Mark and myself who at various times in the Sharrocks tenancy resided at the pub.
Pete Sharrocks (March 2011)
 
The plaque in the wall opposite the Corporation Park Hotel (mentioned by Art Wade above) was to commemorate the construction of Revidge Road in1826 and 1827. The road was designed by John MacAdam, the Scottish engineer to give jobs and alleviate the "distress" of the handloom weavers and spinners who were being put out of work by the introduction of the power loom mills. An Asian man told me that he had bought the Corporation Park to change it into an Islamic Education centre, but had not got planning permission due to lack of adequate parking space.
Barbara Riding (August 2011)
 
This didn’t permanently shut in 97. It was still up and running ‘til about 2004/5. Along with a dozen other pubs it formed a geographically crucial part of the revidge run. Crucial because without it the distance between the Sportmans and the Dog would be a long one for the average pub crawl
Gareth Davis (August 2020)
 

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Name Dates Comments
Pete Sharrocks 1971-1991  
David Thompson 1940-1951 My father, Herbert Thompson, was the licensee of the Corporation Park Hotel about 1949-51. My mother, came up with the idea of that due its altitude the pub could pick up TV from Sutton Coldfield. The pub was the furthest North the TV signal could be received. My parents got the first license in Lancashire to show TV to the public. The pub did well with all the major sports events.