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.
Posted onMay 7, 2019|Comments Off on 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.
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.
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…
Posted onDecember 21, 2018|Comments Off on 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.
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..