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Friends of Pendle Heritage

Talks, Walks and Trips

Our walks have included looking at our local village of Barrowford and walking in weavers’ footsteps in Nelson; we have walked round Weir and rambled ‘round Rimington and Ribchester.  Accessibility to foreign shores means that it is very easy to miss what is on our doorstep, so our Heritage Group arranges trips to local places as diverse as the last surviving Methodist Chapel built above a barn and to historic houses such as Martholme Manor and Sabden Great Hall. 

The Terracotta Army Exhibition in Liverpool was also on our list and the following year we visited the city again for the Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition.  

And ‘ee by gum’, who would have thought that the Friends would be flying through the air, without the aid of a broomstick?  No need to panic, we were ascending on the Anderton Boat Lift near Northwich!  We are open to almost anything, and we welcome suggestions from members about what they want to see and do. Coal mining and coal mining museums have also featured in our activities, along with talk and walks on canals and limestone workings. Occasionally we stray over to the Dark Side: Yorkshire, visiting Iron Age and Anglo Saxon settlements and typical Yorkshire villages. 

Packhorse Bridges, Lost Railway Stations, Old Ports of Lancashire, Cromwell’s Journey’s, History through Embroidery, Mediaeval North Craven, Ancient Iraq, Prehistoric Caves and the Liverpool Cowkeepers (where we found out that where there was muck there was indeed brass), ‘Bene and Hot’, the Marsden Building Society, Nelson and the Norse Vikings, Corn Mills, the history of Altham.  What do all these have in common? … they were all talks in the Barn at Pendle Heritage Centre organised by the Friends. 

We have an annual trip which may simply involve an overnight stop in North Wales as we learn about the bridges across the Menai Straits and history on Anglesey or even a six-day journey to immerse ourselves in the prehistory of Orkney.  Last year, it was back to North Wales again for a three-night stay looking at castles, medieval churches, and, who would have thought that you would find a petrified forest in an iron and steel works at Brymbo along with bronze age Brymbo man!   This year, we are planning to revisit Vindolanda and delve into Roman and medieval history in Northumberland.