Thu 11 Jul 2013
Society evening visit (7pm) to Turton Tower.
A warm evening
greeted Society members to
Turton Tower. Two guided were needed to cope with the
numbers and each party set off at opposite ends of the building.
The main tower is a Grade I listed building and dates back to
around 1420 when it was a Pele Tower. Over the centuries the
buildings have been altered and extended by the families of
Orrell, Chetham Greene, Frere, Kay and Horrocks. The buildings
are now owned by Blackburn with Darwen council.
View of the mid nineteenth century Tower showing James Kay's
staircase to the top-left of the photo can be seen a small
window. This is an
Eavesdrop a small low visibility hole near the entrance to a
building (generally under the eaves) which would allow the
occupants to listen in on the conversation of people awaiting
admission. Typically this would allow the occupant to be
prepared for unfriendly visitors.
Holcombe Hunt at Turton Tower 1905
Humphrey Chetham (1580 – 1653) bought the Tower in 1628.
He also left money to form the Chetham's Library, which included
money to pay for the books. More libraries were constructed
later on from this money