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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Accrington in the Sunshine

Some photos I took of Accrington centre in the sunshine yesterday during my lunch break. It has some great buildings in a lovely yellow stone. David…

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Sawley Abbey in Rags

Sawley Abbey, which is managed by Heritage Trust for the North West, is undergoing a steady programme of conservation by English Heritage. This trial and error approach is often the best way to do things but is not always possible for site management reasons. Experimental repointing and stabilization was followed by soft topping the walls…

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Winter comes to Wycoller

We’ve had such a warm autumn that the recent cold weather has caught us by surprise. The snow stuck at Wycoller and gave the place a cold gloomy romantic feel that the Bronte sisters would have loved! Wycoller hamlet and country park is Lancashire’s Bronte Country and is one of the places the Friends actively…

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Trawden Cemetery Clean Up

On Saturday 10th October a team of volunteers from the Pendle Methodist Circuit spent an invigorating morning tidying up the historic graveyard over the Mirage in Trawden. This ancient burial ground which dates back to 1687, when local Quakers gave over the land to the Quaker Movement…

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Wycoller Hall site almost weed free

The site at the back of Wycoller Hall is now almost weed free following the spray in the Spring. I had a good meeting today with the Ranger, Sarah Dornan, discussing how the conservation group could best conserve the historic features there, while also trying to discover more about the mysterious walls, which appear to…

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Historic Places & Neighbourhood Planning

I went to a fascinating evening event in Manchester centre Wednesday, 10th June, about the new neighbourhood planning process and how it is working with regard to heritage and Liverpool city centre, especially the Baltic Triangle and Waterfront areas. The session was led by Dave Chetwyn who is managing director of Urban Vision Enterprise, as…

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