Hello Helen, Just been searching the Census returns for Blackburn for 1861 and realised by Sharples orginated from the Walton Le Dale area.They may or may not be connected to your family. Any additional information you may have on this family would be much appreciated.
John Sharples m Jane Colbridge son Edward Sharples m Jane-Edward was a Cotton Manager in the 1861 Census for Blackburn. son John Sharples m Jane Fielding/Fielden John was born in Samlesbury <1839> and lived in Livesy and Blackburn.
I was born in Blackburn myself in 1946. Regard, Annette