Category Archives: Spodden Valley Revealed

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.

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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.

For Peat’s Sake! (via SVR)

More creative investigations from our Spodden Valley Revealed artist in residence, David Chatton Barker…

To read the fascinating story of peat, visit the SVR blog.

Healey Dell and the War Effort (via SVR)

This time we’re bringing you a fascinating look at the connection between Healey Dell and World War Two. This blog has been written by Alan Rawsterne, a research volunteer for Spodden Valley Revealed who took part in our local history research workshops at Whitworth Museum last year. Alan is also Chair of the Rooley Moor Neighbourhood Forum.

Visit the SVR blog to read this Spodden Story, and find out all about the Ministry of Supply and its valley based munitions factory…

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…

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.

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…