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 Burnley

The greatest of the de Lacy lords

Why Edward II paid a visit to Ightenhill

The history of Towneley Hall’s grounds

Burnley area…

Towneley Hall Society marks 50th anniversary

Pre-Raphaelite work is restored thanks to society’s kind donation

£1M bid to breathe new life into Thompson Park

Landmark East Lancashire pub is to reopen as an Italian eaterie

Gawthorpe Hall to close for major work

Controversial plans to build 270 homes on rural site near Colne postponed

Accrington area…

Commemorative town square to honour Accrington Pals moves step closer after funding secured

English Heritage objects to controversial plans for Baxenden housing scheme

Renowned wildlife artist shows off her collection in Accrington

Rossendale area…

£2 million Bacup Townscape Heritage Initiative works get underway

Heritage campaigners battle £3.5m Rawtenstall bus hub

Council bosses defend ignoring heritage chiefs’ opposition to Rawtenstall bus station plans

Proposals to demolish Kearns Mill, Cowpe approved

Building Preservation Trust to be set up to protect Rossendale’s heritage

Bacup’s ‘Owd Con Club’ could be transformed into five apartments if council gives go-ahead for makeover

Consultation on future of Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery

Fears for £18,000 of donations as East Lancashire Railway supplier goes into administration

Clitheroe area…

Clitheroe’s historic pinnacle saved

‘Born And Bred’ TV exhibition opens in Clitheroe

Clitheroe Castle gardener retires after 50 years

Plans in place for Slaidburn Steam Fair

Blackburn area…

Historian’s rap over Blackburn’s ‘hidden history’

Bishop of Blackburn re-dedicates stained glass window at Darwen church

Keeping an East Lancashire heritage gem shining

Project looks set to unearth mysteries

Pathway to a clearer future at Blackburn nature project

East Lancashire…

Project supported by Lottery Fund could see improved East Lancs watercourses

Project set up to help save East Lancashire’s water voles

Wildlife experts are aiming to save wild grey partridges

Ecological spring clean boosts Pennines

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