John Boardman doesn't appear in the 1841 census but not much later he must have arrived in Great Harwood, married and started a family. The 1851 census only shows the family as living in the "Village".
Head Marr 31 Farmer of 20 Acres Lancs Oswaldtwistle
In 1861 the family's address is 10 Curate St. and is probably the same house, John wasn't the only farmer who didn't live on his land, and by this time there were also two daughters, a house servant, a boarder and his father-in-law in the house. It was a little less crowded in 1871, the two older sons had left and there was no live-in servant.
By 1881 the youngest son, James, is head of the household.
Head Marr 33 Gt Harwood, Lancashire, England Farmer Employing 2 Labourers
At 13 James
had been a weaver, at 23 a cotton sizer, now he had a wife, a young
family and two sisters to support and was employing his dad, probably
in a supervisory "we didn't do it that way in my time" role,
on the farm but he was also manager of St. Lawrence Mill. He then leased,
with partners, Wellington Mill at the bottom of Queen St from 1882 until
1899 when with J. W. Baron he took over Deveron Mill. As Boardman and
Baron Ltd. they went on to build and run Palatine Mill and Waverledge
Mill but in 1903 the Boardmans were still living in Curate St. though
they did later move to Northlands.