The site at the rear of Wycoller Hall is coming along. In Autumn it was an inpenetrable wasteland of saplings, brambles and weeds, now it is a largely plant-free area that can be easily walked across. Continue reading “Wycoller Monuments Project 9 – Getting ready for Saturday’s Excavation”
The kitchen garden has become a subtle green oasis over the last two weeks. I have added some photos to the Spring Pinterest Board which I hope you will like.
Many thanks to our gardeners and garden volunteers for all their efforts. If you fancy spending some time helping out in the garden, just contact Angela on 01282 677154 or firstname.lastname@example.org
After meeting at the Corner Café in Crawshawbooth 9 intrepid vaccary hunters nipped out between showers and drove to Marl Pits Leisure Centre car park, Rawtenstall (BB4 7SN). Our aim was to find the location of Deadwinclough vaccary. The date was 10th May. Continue reading “Fieldwalking in Higher Cloughfold – Deadwinclough Vaccary”
Sixty years ago today the runner Roger Bannister, descendant of the Bannisters of Park Hill, Barrowford, achieved the ‘impossible’ by breaking the four minute mile. Continue reading “Roger Bannister’s Four Minute Mile”
A wonderful example of industrial history can be found less than one hours traveling from our area. I am referring to the Hoffman Kiln at Langclife near Settle. Continue reading “The Hoffmann Kiln”
It was good to meet up with the gang of volunteer wardens and Friends of Wycoller after having three weeks off. There was a slight sense of urgency as we began preparations for the ‘Wonders and Mysteries of Historic Wycoller’ event on 17th May, but not enough to stop us observing Blue Tits nesting via a hidden camera and watching the ducklings waddle around the toilet block to the pond! Continue reading “Wycoller Monuments Project 8”
Things are warming up at Park Hill with more visitors arriving each day. The gardens are also coming to life and photos taken by Joe on 30th April have been added to the Spring Pinterest Board.
Many thanks to our gardeners and garden volunteers for all their efforts. If you fancy spending some time helping out in the garden, just contact Angela on 01282 677154 email@example.com
The annual bluebell carpets at Spring Wood are now almost fully out. They are one of the best shows of blue bells you will see. It was a cold dull day but they still looked impressive. Continue reading “Bluebells are Out”
We were on Pendle Hill watching the showers sweeping across Blackburnshire this Saturday evening. Continue reading “April Showers from Pendle Hill”
Ightenhill Parish Council has been awarded almost £30,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to undertake archaeological and interpretation work at the site of the ancient Ightenhill Manor House. In medieval times, Ightenhill was the organizational centre of the vaccary farms of Pendle, Trawden, Accrington and Rossendale Forests. Full story here.
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Sawley Abbey is an important ancient monument nestling close to Pendle Hill and cared for by English Heritage with assistance from Heritage Trust for the North West. While the grounds have been kept in excellent condition by the Trust, the monument itself has slowly declined with the walls shedding mortar and stone fragments and the tiles of the medieval chapel floors damaged by damp and frost action. Continue reading “Conservation work at Sawley Abbey”
Click below for a report of the trip to Peterborough, Ely and Lincoln
Membership secretary, Cathryne Lobley, had us well organised today stuffing envelopes with everyone’s new membership card and an update on events. You should be receiving these in the next day or two.
The Conservation Group met up again on 09/04/2014 to carry on the monuments project at Wycoller. Continue reading “Wycoller Monuments Project 7”
Spring Wood, Whalley is best known for its fabulous bluebell display in late Spring. In early spring there is a brief moment when the woodland lights up before the trees come into leaf and shade out the sunshine. Continue reading “Spring Wood before the Bluebells”
Friday evening’s ‘Four Spring Talks’ was a relaxed and very enjoyable time. Alex Whitlock got things off to a good start with a fascinating overview of the pre-historic stone tools found in recent years in the Wycoller area, most of which are of Mesolithic date. Paul Hickman continued the archaeological theme by descibing four digs he was involved in last year, in the counties of Dorset, Cumbria and Lancashire. Gillian Greenwood returned the focus to Wycoller and Trawden by showing the great variety of bridges, ancient and modern, that exist there while David Morris illustrated the recent restoration of Rochdale Town Hall’s Victorian Exchange. Mike Handford then surprised everybody by announcing his discovery of several documents from the early days of the Archaeology Group, including the hand-written minutes of the very first meeting in 1983, which several present had actually been at. The evening finished with tea, coffee and buisuits and much discussion and reminiscing!