During the period of President Heber C. Kimball’s first mission to Great Britain, he spent considerable time in the area of the River Ribble Valley. He and companions taught and baptized in towns such as Preston, Eccleston, Clitheroe, Chatburn, Downham and Rimington. They confirmed new members, blessed children and instructed the new members in their duties.
Even during the cold winter months, the work continued with great success. President Kimball once noted that he “had not preached once in a place but what he had baptized people and built up a church.”
Rimington is much as it was when those early missionaries were there. To walk from this village to Downham is like taking a step back in time. Lead mining was a mainstay of the economy back then. Today, people in Rimington earn their livings mostly from farming.