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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Widdop Wander

A small but elite group did a very low speed walk along the northern edge of Widdop today. We lunched in Orthostat Bay before walking out along Barn Point. The walk was a break from the usual field walks that are part of the vaccary & PHV projects. Today was about enjoying the rather excellent…

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Can you find a new use for an ancient Church?

One of the area’s most ancient Christian sites, “Church Kirk”, near Accrington is up for sale. Its unique name simply means ‘the church’ in the old Saxon and Viking languages. The absence of any further description illustrates its importance to medieval people. The Church Kirk story goes back to the Dark Ages when, the early Anglo Saxons were  gradually being…

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Stanhill Heritage Trail Launched

The Hyndburn Mayor, Cllr Tim O’Kane and MP for Hyndburn, Graham Jones, launched Stanhill’s new heritage trail today. Stanhill Methodist Church was packed with heritage buffs and local people. Richard Hooper of Stanhill Residents led the proceedings which included a talk about James Hargreaves and the Spinning Jenny, a slideshow, some short speeches and a close…

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Little Fluffy Clouds “They were beautiful, the most beautiful skies as a matter of fact” – Summer Dig Day 7

Today the weather was scorchio! And there were plenty of people out to dig under little fluffy clouds (header image & below). Things were happening in both trenches today & our trainees are learning fast. Trench 2 has had the slab lined feature cleaned up (see above – & below with approximate alignment of the…

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Summer Dig Day 1

Broke the ground on the new dig today – loads of Victorian pot in the top soil – down to our first proper context by day end. The dig will be open until next weekend 10:30 am to 3 pm (at least) each day (unless overly inclement). So please feel free to wander along for…

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Annual General Meeting 2016

At the Annual General Meeting of The Friends of Pendle Heritage held on Wednesday, 25th May, the Chairman, David Morris, gave notice that he was not seeking re-election due to unforeseen circumstances. Subsequently the meeting acknowledged the important contribution he has made to The Friends during his chairmanship and wished him well.The following officers were…

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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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Craggs Kiln

We have about 10 more days to finish the kiln dig & things are hotting up (relatively speaking). The wall structure (above) seems to have been repaired at least twice. Note colour of the infill either side of the feature. We have lifted a lump of charcoal (below) from the reddish material. We will be…

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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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