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74 years ago today, my 2x great-grandfather, Thomas Marsden, died. I traced his last earthly journey, from his home at 28 Dandy Row, Lower Darwen, about 150 yards up to the Punch Bowl Inn, from whence he entered eternity. The pub now, like old Tom’s body, is demolished and gone without trace, some modern brick-built housing clumsily occupying the plot.

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