Watch this space for  links to reports, documents and research undertaken by PAG Members.

An Excavation of a Section of the Whalley Vallum Earthworks (pdf)

A joint excavation by the PAG and the Whalley and District Historical and Archaeological Society of a section of the earthworks was carried out in 1986.


Report on the site of Jewel Mill Area in Brierfield which was demolished to make way for the M65 by Ian Rowley.


First Impressions of Bank and Ditch Systems in the Greenhead Lane Area of Burnley by Ian Rowley.

FOPH 1e RH’s response letter to 2020 PAG newsletters (pdf)

Richard Higgin’s response to “An Appraisal of the Vaccary at Barley in the Forest of Pendle” and “Calf Hill Ditch Usage Revised”

A report on two fieldwalks at the vaccary of Gambleside. in the Forest of Rossendale by Pam Worrell (pdf)

Gambleside  vaccary was the most northerly of seven vaccaries in the valley running down to Rawtenstall. Details of the fieldwork carried out in 2012.


Old Lead Mines near Nick of Pendle a site visit report by Ian Rowley

Notes_on_a_probable_Roman_road_from_Barnoldswick_to_Long_Preston (pdf)

This report comprises research carried out over several years, looking at the probability of a Roman road running north from Barnoldswick to Long Preston. The line of this road runs on the high ground to the east of the River Ribble. Many stretches of the proposed road can be reached be means of public footpaths but several sections run over private land.

Pendle Forest Heyhouses and Craggs (pdf)

If you are interested in the origins of Sabden and a small hamlet on its outskirts – Heyhouses, then look no further.  Brian Jeffery’s notes may be of interest to you.  Did you know that Sabden had a Calico Mill employing 2,000 people which was said to be the most efficient in the country.  The activities of notable local wealthy people can also be  seen.  Read a resume of the notes of Dr Laycock and the nature of Pendleton Common and the Kings Highway.

An Appraisal of the Vaccary at Barley in the Forest of Pendle (pdf)

This relates to fieldwork carried out some years ago, when the vaccaries within the Blackburn Hundred, owned by the de Lacy family were researched. A vaccary is a cow pasture the main purpose of which was to provide oxen for the de Lacy estates. These were run on an industrial scale and have left traces in the landscape. The research took the form of fieldwalking to recognise any remaining features in the landscape, together with documentary evidence obtained from maps, historic records and from the Records Office at Preston.
If anyone wants to know more about anything in the article or the Archaeological Group please e mail

PAG Calf Hill with ‘Ditch and Bank’ Review Report 2018-2019 (pdf)

Review of work done in this area by PAG and other local groups by one of our members Brian Jeffery. Brian is keen to keep members informed of what PAG and other local groups have been doing in the area of ‘The Hidden Valley’ over the past decade and has produced this illustrated Review voluntarily.

Calf Hill Ditch Usage Revised (pdf)

An interesting hypothesis on the origin and use of the double bank and ditch system presented by one of our members.