William Pickles Hartley. World famous Jam Maker
David Penney gave the Friends an interesting talk about the Colne born and bred successful businessman William Pickles Hartley. Born in very humble surrounding he built up the worlds biggest Jam making business. He never forgot his local roots and gave Colne its Hartley Hospital, his daughter also gave the town its Maternity home..He was made a Freeman of Colne and also of Liverpool
Thanks David for a well presented talk.
After meeting at the Corner Café in Crawshawbooth for refreshment we drove to Newchurch Rd in Rawtenstall and parked nearby. Our aim was to find the likely site of Rawtenstall vaccary (a medieval cattle farm). Continue reading “ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD WALK, ROSSENDALE VACCARIES – MARCH 8TH”
Park Hill and Barrowford Park are also slowly coming to life with the first Spring flowers peeping through. Continue reading “Spring comes to Barrowford…”
It was a warm morning and the ruins of Wycoller Hall almost breathed into life after the wet gloomy winter. Continue reading “Spring comes to Wycoller Hall”
We had another good day at Wycoller working on the area behind the Hall. Continue reading “Wycoller Monuments Project 5 – 5th March”
For the first time, it didn’t rain (at least not much) and the sun even came out later on. Continue reading “Wycoller Monuments Project 4 – 26th February”
Great day. Report will follow. Here are some photos. Continue reading “Hidden Valley Field Walk – 22nd February”
Owing to the most dramatic storm so far this winter, we were forced to cancel this one. Our next meeting is Wycoller Monuments Project 4 on 26th February.
Pendle Heritage – Archaeology Group
Pendle’s Hidden Valley Field Reconnaissance 8th February 2014
The third field reconnaissance session for the Pendle’s Hidden Valley project took place on Saturday 8th February 2014 but in the face of dire weather forecasts, understandably, only 4 stalwarts braved the elements. In the end, despite strong winds we were relatively lucky with the conditions. Continue reading “Pendle’s Hidden Valley – Field Reconnaissance 8th February 2014”
February 5th 2014
The Family Behind Foulds Lifts Continue reading “The Family behind Foulds Lifts”
Professor Glynis Jones of Sheffield University shone a light on some of the latest bioarchaeological research in her lecture “Crops and Weeds: Agriculture in the Past” on Friday 31st January. Continue reading “Evening Lecture by Professor Glynis Jones”
Our second Wycoller Monuments conservation day started like the first…. with rain! Continue reading “Wycoller Monuments Project 2 – 29th January”
Members of the Friends were invited to a stained glass and leaded lights conservation day at All Souls Church, Astley Bridge, Bolton, part of a series of free conservation days. Continue reading “Stained Glass and Leaded Lights Conservation Day – Pendle Stained Glass”
January can result in dull gardens, excessively cut back and tidied up. However, at Park Hill, the gardeners, Peter and Elaine, allow the natural forms and colours of winter to come through and to decorate the surroundings of the heritage centre. There is much beauty for those with ‘eyes to see’ through the dull winter light. It has been a warm winter, so far, and snowdrops are already popping their heads throught the wet winter mulch. Click here for some January photos.
We were fieldwalking to find physical evidence of the Oakenwood cattle pastures which are recorded in medieval documents. Continue reading “Archaeology Field Walk, Oakenhead Wood, Rossendale – 25th January”
The first meeting of 2014 for the conservation group was a rainy affair, with a lot of time spent chatting away in Pepper Hill Barn with the park rangers. However, the four of us did manage to get out for a few hours to clear more of the trees growing on the archaeololgy at the back of Wycoller Hall. We also had a nice job seeking out small trees suitable for a monkey sanctuary in Keighley. It turned into a good day as the weather brightened for a while on the afternoon.
Over twenty of us took to our cars to visit the famous Rochdale Town Hall and nearby Co-op museum. We weren’t disappointed. Continue reading “Visit to Rochdale Town Hall and Co-op Pioneers Museum 18th January”
The second field reconnaissance session for the Pendle’s Hidden Valley project took place on Saturday 11th January 2014 and was well attended with 10 stalwarts setting out from Whalley Golf Club (who kindly allowed us to use their car park).
We set out south along Clerk Hill towards Portfield and it was pointed out that this road had been artificially sunken as part of the landscaping of the area for Clerk Hill (the house) in order that the view from the house would not be spoiled by seeing people on the road.
At Portfield we assessed the view of the area from a public footpath in the field adjacent to the fort and noted that the fort commanded a 360 deg field of view with a particularly good view back up the Sabden Valley.