Author Archives: Roger G

Cave Archaeology in the Yorkshire Dales

Our first evening lecture as part of our Autumn programme was given by Dr Phil Murphy on Caves, Cavers, Collapses and Corpses and proved to be illuminating in various ways. He discussed mainly the discovery and opening up of Victoria Cave, Settle. This is a very important and renowned cave principally for the  scientific evidence…

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Autumn Trip 2016

On Saturday 24th September 17 members of the Friends of Pendle Heritage Centre met in Barrowford and were driven direct to Buxton.  We had coffee in the Pavilion (designed by Joseph Paxton) and then were treated to a conducted tour of the largely Georgian town by a town guide who told us about the foundation…

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A non-viking, viking settlement!

Under the leadership of Alex Whitlock, thirteen intrepid explorers crossed the border into the rather windy (and occasionally wet) Yorkshire Dales to join the Ingleborough Archaeology Group to view the widely publicised Gauber Viking Settlement. However, a slight detour above Settle on our outward journey allowed us – like a flock of sheep – to…

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Southfield Methodist Chapel

A sudden flurry of snow didn’t deter visitors to Southfield Chapel and hamlet near Nelson organised by The Friends of Pendle Heritage on Wednesday 27th April. Believed to be one of only two remaining chapels of its type, John Wesley preached at this location several times in the late 1700’s whilst visiting his friend William…

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Spring Trip to North East

Trip to Alnwick 11/12/13th April 2016 The coach (from Hodgsons as usual but without our usual driver Ian) left promptly from opposite the Malt Kiln in Barrowford at 8.30 am on Monday 11th April. We drove to Piercebridge where we had coffee/tea and moreish shortbread biscuits at the George Hotel, a 16th century coaching inn…

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Tour d’Afrique

How often do you hear a comment from the audience like ‘I don’t want this talk to finish!’ Well, that’s exactly what happened when Sue Shuttleworth stood up to talk about her year in the saddle.  Entitled ‘Tour d’Afrique’, Sue’s talk was delivered in a modest manner even though she’s cycled 27,000kms over the last…

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A Visit to the Movies

Peter Copestake of Pendle Heritage Moviemakers started our Wednesday afternoon movie meeting with a fascinating film describing the history and restoration of the wonderful 18th century garden at our Heritage Centre. Interestingly, there will be an Open Day on 20th June with free admission to the garden, strawberry and cream teas, an archaeological dig and…

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Second Pensioner’s Day

St John’s Church in Nelson was this week’s venue and this time there was even a sign outside announcing the event!  For whatever reason there was a bit of a buzz about the event this time and certainly more people coming through the doors.  …

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First Pensioner’s Day

Despite awful weather, visitors started to arrive as the doors opened at 11am.  Several derogatory comments were made about the title of this gathering at St Luke’s Parish Hall, Brierfield, the feeling being that just because you are drawing a pension, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you act like a stereotypical pensioner!  …

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Buckden Bill – a True and Remarkable Story

Last Wednesday the barn was packed to hear Richard Matthews and Brian Jeffery tell a story that in turn was both humorous and sad but ultimately enthralling.  Richard’s gift for telling a story, together with painstaking research kept the audience riveted to the subject as he unraveled how a mystery that puzzled many for over half a century…

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Autumn Heritage Trip

Saturday 12th October saw 15 members travel to Anglesey to view Llanbadrig Church, founded in the 5th century but later decorated with Moorish, Moslem design tiles!  After a rather delayed lunch at the Cooper Kingdom in Amlwch we were conducted on a tour of the new Visitor Centre designed to explain the importance of copper…

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