New use for Grade II listed Holmes Mill, Clitheroe

A PROPOSED renovation of one of Ribble Valley’s oldest mills could potentially create more than 100 full time and part time jobs. Applicant James Warburton of Emporia Leisure Ltd wants to transform the Holmes Mill in Clitheroe into a 31 bedroom hotel with a restaurant, bar, bakery, function room, two retail outlets and a gym…

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Heritage in the Press – August 2015

Here are the local heritage stories of the past month… Burnley and Padiham area… Major conservation work underway at Gawthorpe Hall Lottery project costing £1.16m aims to restore Thompson Park buildings and structures Historic Burnley pub facelift under wraps Historic mill to be demolished in Burnley centre to make way for shops 200-year history of…

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Heritage in the Press – July 2015

Here are the local heritage stories of the past month… Rossendale area… Rossendale rebranded The Valley of Distinction to draw in more tourists Hundreds enjoy day of Lancashire heritage at the Whitaker Community gives mixed response to rebrand of the Valley Rooley Moor wind farm plans refused Hundreds respond to survey on Rawtenstall bus station…

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Heritage in the Press – June 2015

Here are the local heritage stories of the past month… Clitheroe area… Metal detector unearths treasure in Waddington £250,000 facelift will boost Clitheroe and its economy Clitheroe church will share funding boost Hidden gardens open to public Restored Georgian mansion gardens open to public Slaidburn Steam & Vintage Vehicle Display…

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HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – MAY 2015

Here are the local heritage stories of the past month. Hot off the press is the Heritage Trust’s restoration of Lomeshaye Bridge Mill, Whitefield, Nelson… Nelson & Colne area… Heritage Trust for NW brings new lease of life for Victorian mill Nelson Whitefield housing scheme up for ‘Oscar’ Victory for Colne ‘Rough’ homes campaigners The…

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HERITAGE IN THE PRESS – April 2015

Here are the heritage stories of the past month… Roger Frost has written an excellent four-part account of the de Lacys, the dynasty which ruled our area in medieval times, plus an interesting article on the grounds of Townley Hall… The first Lords of the Manor in Ightenhill Roger from Hell and his links to…

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Searching for Cockshutts – from Australia

Ted (Edmund) Flack lives in Brisbane Australia and is searching for information about the Cockshutt family (his grandmother’s family on his father’s side), who lived in the Pendle area from the 17th Century.The family oral tradition is that the Cockshutts were influential in the establishment of the Cotton industry in NE Lancashire. There is also…

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Excellent Friday Lecture

Our evening lecture series got off to a great start on Friday with a fascinating talk by Neal Charlton of the Manchester conservation architects Buttress. It was called New Buildings on Ancient Monuments and took a close look at recent new buildings the practice has constructed on well known ancient monuments, including Clitheroe Castle, Wythenshaw…

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Historic Farm Buildings Group – Lancashire Conference – Sunday

Yesterday, we visited a host of small to medium sized barns but, today, it was time to see two really big ones. However, before we set off in the coach, Jamie Quartermaine of Oxford Archaeology North gave us a fascinating presentation called ‘Flowing through Time: the archaeology of the Ribble Valley’ introducing delegates to the…

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