Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society

News and Views


October 2006


Mon 30 Oct 2006

Roman Road in Coppull.
Geoff Bellis was one of the Society members who carried out the original excavations in Coppull to locate the line of the Wigan to Walton-le-Dale Roman Road. Geoff and Boyd returned to the site to establish the location and grid co-ordinates using GPS (Global Positioning System). These have now been passed to  David Ratledge who gave us the fascinating talk on Roman Roads in Lancashire at the last meeting (10 Oct 06).

Roman Rd. surface. Thanks to Jack for the photo.

Sat 21 Oct 2006

The Council for British Archaeology (C.B.A.) NW branch Autumn meeting in Liverpool.
Several Society members attended a series of lectures based on Timber, Wood and Archaeology in the North West. The event was held in the St John's Church Hall, Picton Rd., Waterloo, Liverpool. The presentations were of variable standard but Jim Spriggs finished off the event with an excellent presentation on the stabilisation and preservation of timbers from various locations. At lunchtime there were various outings in the area. Some on a guided tour of the locality, others to a local church and some to the nearby sands and the Antony Gormley Iron Men statues.

Mike and Jim with one of the Iron Men.

Antony Gormley's Iron Men, Due to be removed in Nov 2006

Wed 18 Oct 2006

Chorley Parish Church of St Laurence.
The new flagpole in use.

Chorley Parish Church of St Laurence, the bells.

A section of the old flagpole ready for tree ring dating (we hope)

Thu 12 Oct 2006

The Chorley Parish Church of St Laurence gets a new flagpole. The old wooden flagpole was removed and replaced with a fibreglass one. The Dendrochronology Laboratory at Sheffield University will be using a section of the old pole to attempt to age it using tree ring dating technology. Ed Fisher of the church thinks the pole may have been erected in 1919 when some roofing refurbishment was done. Let's see if he is right.

The old pole being removed.
Thanks to Ed Fisher of St Laurence Church for the photo.

The new pole in place.
Thanks to Ed Fisher of St Laurence Church for the photo.


Tue 10 Oct 2006

David Ratledge visited the Society to give his fascinating presentation 'The Roman Roads of Lancashire' We managed to get a paragraph in the Chorley Citizen and as result had many guests.

After the David Ratledge talk.


Tue 10 Oct 2006

Chorley Council invited Joan and Boyd to attend the unveiling of the Green Flag Award they had just received for the Yarrow Valley Country Park. A great do, nice weather and good company. And the buffet was excellent as well.


Green Flag Award
Yarrow Valley Country Park.
One of Boyd's snaps.

and here's a proper group photo,
courtesy of Chorley Borough Council

posted by: BH


Thu 05 Oct 2006

Chorley Film Society held a fantastic day of Mitchell and Kenyon films at the Little Theatre.

Chorley Little Theatre filling up

Workers leaving North Street Mill, Chorley in 1902

posted by: BH

Wed 04 Oct 2006

Chorley Library celebrated the centenary of the Library building (not the library). An exhibition and series of lectures continued through the day. For those who attended a souvenir booklet was available.

The library database of images has some photos here.

The Cake

'That's me!'

Some of the exhibits

posted by: BH