Category Archives: Heritage

The Two Toms Trail (via The Radical Echo)

Pendle Radicals’ volunteer, Bob Sproule, tells us about a walk he, and other volunteers, went on in May, retracing the steps of the Two Toms…

Tom Criddle Stephenson (1893–1987) a leading champion of walkers’ rights in the countryside.

Thomas Arthur Leonard (1864–1948) a British social reformer and pioneer in developing organised outdoor holidays for working people.

Find out more about the Two Toms on The Radical Echo blog.

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A Triumphant Research Trip! (via The Radical Echo)

Pendle Radicals volunteer Irene Vince tells us about a recent trip to the Peace Museum, Bradford…

Recently I took a trip to the Peace Museum in Bradford with Faye and Nick from MPA as well as Steph Heaps and Jackie Jones from Super Slow Way.  We were going to look at their banner collection for suitable contributions for our upcoming banner exhibition which will feature as part of the British Textiles Biennial in October this year.  The museum is on Piece Hall Yard in a fine old Victorian building near the Town Hall. We were enthusiastically greeted by the curator Charlotte Hall.  After a quick tour of the museum, somewhere I fully intend to revisit as I barely had chance to take much in, she took us into the office and let us browse their digital catalogue of banners.

Read more about the visit on The Radical Echo blog…

Pendle Radicals Gather at Black Stone Edge… (via The Radical Echo)

Remembering the Chartists…

It has been a busy few months for our Pendle Radical volunteers.  Recently Bob Sproule and Barbara Sanders attended this years Blackstone Edge Gathering. You can find out more about that and how the attendees at the Gathering heard about Pendle Radicals below…

Bob Sproule:  The Blackstone Edge Gathering is a long standing event which celebrates Chartism, a political movement which flourished in Britain during the early to mid 19th Century. One of its aims was to create a better standard of living for working people, especially those that experienced both hard working and living conditions.

The event therefore pays tribute to individuals such as Ernest Jones who was a leader of the chartist movement in the 1840s.

Find out what happened at this year’s gathering on The Radical Echo blog.

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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.

Read more about this fascinating journey on the Spodden Valley Revealed blog.

A very Radical couple of months… (via The Radical Echo)

May 2019

Catch up with some of the things we have been up to as part of Pendle Radicals. As Faye Wetherall reports, it’s true to say it has been a very busy and RADICAL few months with lots more to look forward to…

  • Have YOU got what it takes to be a Radical Explorer?
  • Banner, Protests and Campaigning…
  • People Enjoying Nature…
  • A Full House for Peterloo…
  • Novels, Poetry and Songs…
  • Broadside Ballads and Paul Graney…

Find out more about the above on the Radical Echo blog.

Whitworth Skyline Audio Beacons (via SVR)

As part of Spodden Valley Revealed, we have worked with the organisers of the Whitworth Skyline Walk, Whitworth Heritage Museum, artists and local experts, to create an audio collection, telling the story of the landscape.

The stories are told by Dr Whitworth – who narrates the ancient heritage of the Valley from pre-history through to the unique stories of sites such as the Cotton Famine Road.

On the day of the Whitworth Skyline Walk, in 2019 it’s on 12 May, there will be 12 flags across the 14 mile route, designed by artist, Wendy Meadley.  The flags are a prompt to listen to the corresponding audio file.

Click here to find out more about the amazing stories you can hear, how to listen, and, should you feel energetic, how to take part in the walk.

Peterloo – A Radical Reading (via the Radical Echo)

On Sunday 14 April 2019, several of the Pendle Radicals Research Team attended a fundraising event for the Working Class Movement Library at Salford University.  The team have been regular visitors to WCML since the project started for talks and seminars, but also to research their archives, it has been an invaluable resource for us and we were glad to have the opportunity to support it.  (Personally, I’ll also never need much persuading to go to anything that Maxine Peake is involved in!)

Read more of Melanie’s reflections on this moving event to share the story of Peterloo, on The Radical Echo blog…