Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society

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Jan 2008


Mon 28 Jan 2008

Visit to Lancashire Record Office by Brindle Historical Society

Brindle Historical Society had an evening visit to the Lancashire Record Office in Preston.
The evening began with an introduction by Andrew Thynne of the Office staff who gave us a fascinating presentation on the history and some facts about the Record Office. Every County has one an Lancashire’s dates back to 1940. The purpose is to collect and make available for research documents of enduring historical value to the county. Over 8 miles of shelving are used to store documents relating to the history of Lancashire, covering cities, towns and villages within the historic and current boundaries of the county. The earliest document is 1130, though it relates to Yorkshire!
We then had a tour of one of the strong-rooms which has 1 mile of shelves and then a look at the Brindle tithe map and associated register of land.
B Harris

Some of the 8 miles of shelving.


Tue 08 Jan 2008

Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society meeting at Chorley Library
Dod Waring gave her presentation on the excavations at Dilston Castle.

Our first meeting of the year was also in our new venue. We were treated to another of Dot Waring’s presentations, this time to Dilston Castle, Norhumberland. We had originally hoped that Neil Thompson would be able to talk to us but after suffering a brain tumour some time ago he died in December 2007.

James Radclyffe 3rd Earl of Derwentwater Born: 28 June 1689 Died: 24 Feb. 1716 with Anna Maria (Webb) Radclyffe and child. Painted a year or so before his execution.

The 17th Century papers that started it all

Dot had given her Dilston talk to Wigan Archaeological Society in Oct 2007 but the talk she gave to us seemed to have some additions. The following text is a copy of that describing the Wigan lecture. Her interest began many years ago when she was asked to look after some 17th century papers. These referred to the castle and the Radcliffe family, who had strong ties with Lancashire. Today, Dilston Castle, a picturesque ruin, is all that remains of the grand family seat of the Radcliffes, Earls of Derwentwater. This ruined, early-fifteenth--century tower house was once incorporated in the western wing of Dilston Hall. Dilston Chapel, which stands nearby, was built c.1616 and is a rare example of a post-Reformation recusant chapel.

Dilston excavations

One of several tunnels under the site.

At the foot of a wooded escarpment beyond the Castle, the Devil's Water, a lively tributary of the River Tyne, flows beneath an elegant, single-span bridge, built at the same time as the chapel. James Radclyffe, 3rd Earl of Derwentwater was involved in the failed Jacobite rising at the Battle of Preston in 1715. He was one of the 1,468 Jacobites taken prisoner. He was executed for his actions. Dot and husband John were volunteer excavators and while Dot surveyed and drew details of a cobbled forecourt John was busy investigating some underground tunnels which had been found.

One of Dot's survey drawings.


Wed 02 Jan 2008

Society Exhibition at Chorley Library


Through the month of January 2008 the Society has a display up in the Chorley Library entrance foyer display cabinet. Illustrations of some outings, some of Les Chapman’s photos along with photos of some John Winstanley artefacts are on display. Some local memorabilia artefacts are also there which are on loan from local author and historian Dave Smith of Adlington.

Our display in the Library.