Fri 25 Jul 2014
Refurbished Milestone - Blackburn Road, Whittle-le-Woods.
on Blackburn Road, Whittle-le-Woods by Gorse Close 2 miles north
of Chorley has now been refurbished. The stone base had been
straightened and the iron marker plate repainted by
Whittle-le-Woods Parish Council. It is one of only a few on the
Chorley to Blackburn route that have survived. The next one
towards Blackburn was at Whins Lane near the Leeds and Liverpool
canal. The stone remains in the verge but the marker plate was
stolen around 2003.
Refurbished milestone at Gorse Close
The Whins Lane milestone plate in 2002
before it was stolen.
Sun 20 Jul 2014
Here is a note from John Harrison about the Martholme Viaduct.
Viaduct between Great Harwood and Read has been closed for many
years. It was built by the LYR in the 1870s and has 12 arches 75
feet over the River Calder. At one time it was possible to walk
across, but it is now fenced off.
Local people are petitioning for it to be re-opened for walkers.
This would help to ensure its preservation.
If you'd like to
help there is a petition site. The link below should take you
MARTHOLME VIADUCT - The Petition Site.
Sat 12/ Sun 13th July
Roman Re-enactment at Ribchester and the Roman Parade Helmet.
The weekend of
12/13th July 2014 was a Roman Re-enactment at Ribchester to
celebrate the Museums Centenary.
It is little short of incredible, that the fragile helmet and
associated finds, survived more or less intact beneath the soil
for the best part of 2000 years, and then, just as remarkable,
survived their discovery at the hands of a teenager.
Ribchester Parade Helmet was found in the village, near what
was the Eastern gate of the fort, in1796, by a young person who
was digging, and has now returned to its original Roman home to
mark the museums Centenery, graciously on loan by the British
Museum, where it has been displayed since 1814. The helmet was
noted Britain's 'Second best Roman find' behind the Vindolanda
tablets according to a web site poll by the Channel 4 T.V.
programme Time Team.
This amazing artefact will be on display at the Ribchester
Museum until October 2014.
Weekdays 10-00a.m. to 5-00 p.m. and weekends 12-00 noon to 5-00
Adults £3.00 OAPS £2.50 Child over 5. £1.50 and under 5 Free.
link for the Ribchester Museum Trust.
Tue 08 Jul 2014
Neil Birtles - Guided history walk at Rivington
Last year, as
part of the Heritage Open Days in September 2013, CHAS member
Neil led a history tour of Rivington on Sun 15 Sep 2013. Heavy
rain kept many people away but the tour went ahead anyway. Neil
decided to re-run the tour and give people another chance to
enjoy Rivington’s history. Many more people turned up but
unfortunately so did the rain.
Neil’s tour started at Rivington Hall Barn, the top Barn. As we
set off walking the rain began. Around Rivington Hall Neil
pointed out the mix of window types as the building had been
modified over the centuries. A walk to Chapel House and then the
Rivington Unitarian Chapel followed. By the Chapel is the
grave of Samuel Oldknow.
By the grave of Samuel Oldknow.
Here lieth the Body of Samuel Oldknow
of Nottingham late of Anderton who
departed this life Aug 7th 1759
He lived at Roscoe Low Farm, Anderton and was reputedly the
first man in England to manufacture muslin, a fine cotton.
Samuels Son, also
Samuel Oldknow continued in cotton manufacturing.
There is more information in the ‘Notes
on Rivington Unitarian Chapel’ by Joan Holding and Colin D.
We then crossed the road to the Parish Church which we had
previously visited on
18 May 2008.
Gravestone of Samuel Oldknow.
Chorley Historical and Archaeological Society members outside
the Unitarian Chapel, Rivington.