'Before 1872 all Parliamentary Elections were held in public. In the Market Place a wooden 'Grandstand' known as the hustings was erected for the election candidates. It often became a scene of rioting with gangs of 'Fighting men'. Until 1832 Clitheroe was of the original so-called 'rotten boroughs' that sent an MP to Parliament even though its population was exceptionally low.
The photograph was taken in 1868, the last time the hustings went up in the town. This is a very early photograph by the Clitheroe photographer Emundson Buck.