A Grand Day Out! Our Visit to Sheffield

“Fourteen members set off by coach on 20 September to travel to Sheffield, via the peak District. It was a very pleasant, warm, sunny day, all day, so we were lucky with the weather. We stopped off at the lovely village of Hathersage in the Peak District for a coffee break and short walk around,

Garden Event

If you looked through any window of the Barn at the Garden Event on August 6th – yeah What did you see? People moving round the highways and the byways of the 18th Century Walled Garden Where did they go? For Strawberry Teas and to visit Harry with his bees Sandra and her flowers, Pat

Archaeology Field Trip to St Helen’s Chapel Malham

A small but very select group visited the St Helens’ Chapel dig at Malham. This visit was in lieu of a reciprocal visit by Ingleton Archeology Group. Dr David Johnson, dig leader, outlined the main finds so far.  The nave pit exposed a north west buttress which was probably a later addition to the chapel. 

Ramble round Ribchester

A  group of friends enjoyed a guided tour of the Parish Church of St Wilfred and the village of Ribchester. Alan and Colin ably conducted us around St Wilfreds Church, currently undergoing roof repairs and whilst we were appreciating the beauty of the church entertained us with scurrilous stories of various individuals. We then viewed 

Another Widdop Wander

    A small group – The Secret Six – set off for Widdop Reservoir with lashings of ginger beer and buns for an adventure seeking pre historic and other material on the shores of the reservoir. There was evidence of habitation and activity from various ages including Mesolithic times and  from when the settlements

Around the Rugged Rocks by Peter Charnock

When a speaker arrives with a large suitcase one has to wonder what is going to happen!  Does he intend to stay over to save driving home after a very long talk?  Maybe he has a ventriloquists dummy?  Has he been thrown out by his other half? Fortunately it was none of those things!  Peter

Tour de Yorkshire 2017!

Main photo courtesy of Andy Barratt Our two night/three day residential trip to York was off to a flying start when we visited Ripley Castle, a 14th Century country house.  At all the places we visited we were given a warm welcome and imbibed the history of ‘everything’ from knowledgeable and well informed guides.  On

Pendle’s Hidden Valley Project – 8th April 2017 – Barley to Roughlee Field Walk

Today’s field walk explored the valley that connects Barley and the Ogden Valley with Thorney Holme, Roughlee, and the main Hidden Valley. Starting at Barley we walked up Hay’s Lane and followed that to Thorney Holme. Running down the south side of the valley, this rather rough public highway affords famous views of Pendle (above)

Jo Midgley- Old & Hidden North West

If you weren’t at Pendle Heritage Centre two weeks ago last Friday then you missed an old naked man and an old naked lady! Now don’t get excited…. they were part of a slide presentation by Jo Midgeley as he delved back into history to present us with a trip down memory lane.  Among a

Pendle’s Hidden Valley Project – 18th February 2017 – Site Visit

Pendle’s Hidden Valley Project – 18th February 2017 – Portfield Alex Whitlock This month’s fieldwalk was centred on the key feature of the western end of the Sabden Valley – Portfield. The site is private property and not open to the public so we are most thankful to the owners for their kind permission to visit. Portfield

Research at Lancashire Archives 27th January 2017

Two members of the Friends visited Lancashire Archives to research into the area of Craggs on Pendle Hill where the archaeology group have carried out several digs over the past few years. We didn’t find a great deal to further our research but we did discover some fascinating information. In the 1296 accounts of the

The Manor House at Ightenhill – Burnley Roger Frost

2017 was off to a good start when Roger Frost an eminent local historian introduced  us to the existence of the  Manor House at Ightenhill which was revealed  through geo-physics, examination of the land and records demonstrating that the house was built around 1180.  Although there is no evidence of how the Manor looked Roger

Christmas Party

Well, what a party that was!  27 people, plenty of food, very little alcohol but plenty of games!   In fact it were a reet gud do!  It was great to see some new faces as well as old ones (!) including some who joined with not a little trepidation that the games might prove

Minoans and Myceneans – Maggy Simms

What was not to like on our Friday Evening talk – November 18th? Maggy Simms enthralled us with images of fabulous artefacts and made ancient history come to life. The discovery of Mycenae and Knossos by Schlieman and Arthur Evans respectively was unpicked, stunning wall paintings from Tiryns exhibited and new ideas exposed. The elite

Miracle in Manchester – the Life of Sir John Barbirolli

Miracle in Manchester was our first autumn afternoon talk. Geoff Scargill gave us interesting insights into the life and career of Sir John Barbirolli and his work with the world renowned Halle orchestra at Belle Vue and the Free Trade Hall. Despite trials and tribulations his personality and skill as a conductor ensured that his

Archaeology Post Excavation Session (1)

On Saturday, 29th October the group met to clean and classify the finds from the excavation carried out last June at The Craggs. Initially the finds, mainly comprising pottery, were washed on the picnic tables outside the cafe and then brought inside the Green Room to be sorted and classified. On Saturday, 29th October the

An Evening With Pendle Movie Makers

Friday night was movie night. Pendle Movie Makers brought a wonderful medley of films to entertain us. From a nostalgic trip to Blackpool, Howarth and the Bronte’s, The Last Towel Mill, the world famous magician “Faust” and a hypnotic film of Bancroft Mill Engine set to music, all were fascinating and beautifully presented. During the

Archaeology Fieldwalk at Crawshawbooth

After meeting at The Corner Café for discussion and refreshments we walked uphill, starting beside Limey Water. We eventually crossed fields above Rake Foot reservoir.  The winter pasture of Crawshawbooth vaccary could have been in this area.  On reaching Height Side Lane we turned left, passing a farm with a datestone of 1775 and further

Cave Archaeology in the Yorkshire Dales

Our first evening lecture as part of our Autumn programme was given by Dr Phil Murphy on Caves, Cavers, Collapses and Corpses and proved to be illuminating in various ways. He discussed mainly the discovery and opening up of Victoria Cave, Settle. This is a very important and renowned cave principally for the  scientific evidence

Autumn Trip 2016

  On Saturday 24th September 17 members of the Friends of Pendle Heritage Centre met in Barrowford and were driven direct to Buxton.  We had coffee in the Pavilion (designed by Joseph Paxton) and then were treated to a conducted tour of the largely Georgian town by a town guide who told us about the

September Visit to Woodend Mining Museum

A party of 11 members of the Friends were welcomed by Carol and Harry Johnson, the owners of the Woodend Coal Mining Museum. After an excellent ….. lunch we were given a lively tour of the small but very interesting Museum.   We were shown a plethora of mining equipment and it was easy to understand

A non-viking, viking settlement!

Under the leadership of Alex Whitlock, thirteen intrepid explorers crossed the border into the rather windy (and occasionally wet) Yorkshire Dales to join the Ingleborough Archaeology Group to view the widely publicised Gauber Viking Settlement. However, a slight detour above Settle on our outward journey allowed us – like a flock of sheep – to

Widdop Wander

A small but elite group did a very low speed walk along the northern edge of Widdop today. We lunched in Orthostat Bay before walking out along Barn Point. The walk was a break from the usual field walks that are part of the vaccary & PHV projects. Today was about enjoying the rather excellent