Ray Smith's Blackburn Encyclopedia, has been published by Cotton Town. What's so special about that? Well you can't buy Ray's book in any book-shop, in fact you can't buy it at all, because it's only available on this website.
You will find Ray Smith's Blackburn Encyclopaedia an invaluable reference guide to anything and everything about Blackburn.
Ray, a keen local historian, has spent many years compiling this Encyclopaedia. It is great for serious research work or simply just browsing.
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