Posted onMay 16, 2019|Comments Off on The Limersgate Pamphlet (via SVR)
Spodden Valley Revealed artist in residence, David Chatton Barker, has been exploring part of the ancient highway, pre-dating medieval time, running between Rochdale and Clitheroe. He walked from Bull Brow in Rochdale centre to Hades Hill, above Shawforth. From the birthplace of the Co-operative movement to a Prehistoric Barrow, the contents of which included an urn containing the burnt bone fragments of a woman, along with her tools and talismans. The trackway passes many interesting sites, joining the dots of a well worn route by foot and hoof over many many centuries.
The walk was around 6 miles in length and took 5 hours due to conversations, documentation and lunch. The journey was photographed, filmed and audio recorded.
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…
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…
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.
Posted onOctober 26, 2018|Comments Off on Building walls, community and skills… (via SVR)
A snapshot of what’s been happening as part of Spodden Valley Revealed recently, from this SVR blog. Featuring drystone walling; artist in residence; Rushcart; researching the stories of Spodden Valley..
Posted onDecember 7, 2016|Comments Off on Digging a Little Deeper in Spodden Valley…
On the weekend of 2 – 4 December an exciting new phase of the Spodden Valley Revealedproject started, with field survey work by Archaeology team Dig Ventures and volunteer Explorers.
Starting out from Whitworth Library and Whitworth Museum the team recorded heritage sites such as Facit Incline and Peel Chimney, Healey Dell, Cowm Reservoir and a ruined farm and exciting standing stones at Brown Wardle.
Interesting finds included a fully intact cellar at the ruined farm site, with vaulted ceilings, and intriguing standing stones that are exactly nine metres apart with curious indents and uniformed points, are these stone tenter posts as part of tenter frames to dry cloth as part of the cottage industries? More to come as we investigate further – it has certainly caught the interest of our archaeology team…
It was such a great weekend, especially with our younger Explorers who really enjoyed being a part of the team, learning new skills and getting out into the wonderful landscape of Whitworth.
Keep an eye out in the New Year for more family based archaeology activities and for more ways you can get involved.