The Famine Tower – Episode Two (via SVR)

If you enjoyed reading The Famine Tower – Episode One, the story doesn’t finish there… Our Spodden Valley Revealedartist in residence, David Chatton Barker, delves deeper in Episode Two, sharing with you the only known evidence of the building of the ‘Tower of Babel’. You’ll also find a poem and fascinating film by David that celebrates the story.

A reminder… at the end of Episode One, David told us that the only known evidence he had discovered about the building of the tower was from a booklet of newspaper cuttings collected by a Rochdale amateur antiquarian named J. L. Maxim…

Read more on the Spodden Valley Revealed blog…

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The Famine Tower – Episode One (via SVR)

Aetiological monuments of hope for a future/past unknown… more from our Spodden Valley Revealed artist in residence David Chatton Barker…

…There is another much lesser-known endeavour carried out by 30 to 40 out-of-work mill operatives who carted stone to the top of Brown Wardle Hill (SD899187), which stands 1,312 ft above sea level on the South Pennine moors in Whitworth (on the other side of the valley from Rooley Moor). This massive quantity of stone was used to construct a monumental tower over several months, eventually reaching the grand height of 28ft and known by seemingly very few people as The Tower of Babel…

Read more on the fascinating history connecting Haslingden flagstone, the Lancashire Cotton Famine, the American Civil War and the construction, perhaps, of a monumental tower on Brown Wardle Hill in Famine Tower – Episode One on the SVR blog.

Ethel the Poet (via the Radical Echo)

Faye Wetherall brings you the latest on the Pendle Radicals mission to tell the world about Ethel Carnie Holdsworth…

Last week we had yet another successful Ethel Carnie inspired tea party, thanks to great company and, of course, great cake!  Ethel Carnie Holdsworth is just one of an extraordinary cast of characters that Pendle Radicals aims to explore. She was the first working class woman in Britain to publish a novel and, despite juggling being a wife and mother, she was a remarkable poet and social activist.

Read more in our Radical Echo blog

Links in a Chain (via the Radical Echo)

Anne Cochrane, a member of the Pendle Radicals project volunteer Radical Research Team, shares some fascinating connections discovered during her work as a volunteer researcher and archivist…

I now have three volunteering hats, one is for Burnley Library and the Lancashire Archive, one is for the Pendle Radicals project, and the third is as unofficial keeper of the archive for Lowerhouse Cricket Club, (1862 – and counting). I can prove that all three projects are actually connected, albeit the cricket club link is a bit tenuous, so I can wear all three hats at once, I am thinking flat caps here rather than top hats.

Read the rest of this blog on our Radical Echo site.

The Reveal Continues (via SVR)

Spodden Valley Revealed Project Manager, Diana Hamilton, brings us up to date with the latest landscape improvement works.

Following the works at Cowm Reservoir (read all about that here), our SVR capital programme has been upgrading elements along the greenway and some of the spurs that lead off into the landscape. The works will help increase access and improve the spaces where the Spodden Valley stories of the landscape will be revealed and told through a variety of creative methods, including: artist installations; audio; performances; printed and online guides.

Read more on the Spodden Valley Revealed blog…

Magic is all around us as long as we need it… (via SVR)

The latest blog from Spodden Valley Revealed artist in residence, David Chatton Barker, tells a magical tale from Brown Wardle Hill of the Queen in the Well. Featuring Whitworth Vale & Healey Band, the children’s choir at St Anselm’s School, Lancashire dialect poet Michael Higgins and musician Alison Cooper. The recording also involved many associated musicians of Folklore Tapes and features handmade instruments whose sound perfectly evokes a magical landscape. Read more and listen to the recording on the SVR blog.

A fruitful encounter… (via the Radical Echo)

Janet Swan tells of a fruitful encounter between the volunteer Radicals’ Research Team and a knowledgeable guest…

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On the 20th November a group of us who have been researching the life of Ethel Carnie Holdsworth as part of the Pendle Radicals Project, met together to look more closely at her poetry and to meet with a very knowledgeable guest.

Read more on the Radical Echo blog site.