Update on the
Field Walk - Sunday 21 August 2011
Field Walk Sunday 21 August 2011
The walk will start at 1.30pm The meeting place will be on the
old Canal bridge on Crosse Hall Lane, off Eaves Lane (SD 595
174). Parking is on the left hand side of new road, adjacent to
St. James’s School playing fields.
The walk of about 3 miles will follow a figure of eight route
for approximately 2.5 hours, and will be mainly on paths.
Sensible walking shoes are advisable. The walk will not be
peaceful or especially scenic but will be looking at an area
that has been of importance at different periods in the history
of Healey.....and its neighbour, Chorley. Contact John Harrison
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 01257 271257) if you need
Thu 07 Jul
Evening visit to Browsholme Hall nr Clitheroe
A total of 34
members and guests made there own way to Browsholme Hall,
pronounced Brusom, for 6.30pm for a guided tour around it. The
hall has been the family home of the Parker family for 500
The group was by Simon Jervis, a member of the Parker family, at
the front of the hall. He described the Doric, Ionic and
Corinthian architectural styles of the red sandstone hall. The
view from its south-facing front was one of sweeping parkland
with woodland in the distance.
Elizabeth Parker a 'Gentleman's Daughter'
The Dining Room was added in 1807
that he is a half brother of Robert Parker who is the present
owner. Much work has been done and continues to be done to
restore the hall.
After this Simon introduced us to Linda and Irena, our guides
for the evening. We were then split into 2 groups for ease of
movement around the hall.
Browsholme Hall was built in 1507 when John O’Gaunt invited the
Alkincoat family from Colne to look after the King’s stags in
Bolland, more commonly known as Bowland. Since then there have
been just 15 owners of the hall. In time the family name changed
to Parker and their coat of arms includes 3 stags’ heads.
I was in the group led by Linda and she first took us into a
large room called the Hall. It dates back to when hall was
originally built but what you see now was essentially arranged
at that time it was rebuilt in 1807. This room filled with many
interesting items the family had collected over the centuries.
Not least the fine 16th, 17th and 18th century furniture. Other
items included the coat worn by Captain Thomas Whittingham
killed at the Battle of Newbury, numerous pieces of armour,
weapons and a piece of a Zeppelin from World War 1.
Linda said that Browsholme Hall is the oldest house in
Lancashire with a family living in it.
We were led into the adjoining Library, cut off from the Hall in
about 1754. It contains wall panelling that dates back to 1620.
This then led us to the Drawing Room and Dining Room, which were
additions from the early 19th century. Their walls adorned with
paintings, many of descendants of the Parker family. Many of the
paintings on display were actually copies, the originals being
The indoor air temperature was much cooler than expected for a
July evening and Linda said this was normal. Robert Parker is
said to describe this not as cool but ‘atmospheric’. Threatening
clouds and rumblings of thunder outside only added to the
We were then
led through the Ante Room, along the back corridor and up the
stairs. On climbing the stairs we were faced with a remarkable
stain glass window. The oldest piece of which dated back to the
We had a view of a bedroom, the Yellow Room, which contained a
mahogany four-post bed. Linda said she was 5 ft 2 ins tall and
demonstrated how short the people must have been by lying on the
bed to show it was not really long enough for her.
Our final room was the Drawing Room, which included of 18th
century panelling and items of furniture from the same period.
These contrasted with the flat screen TV in the corner and other
common items you would find in a modern home.
Both groups then met up again in the Hall for a final word from
Simon. This rounded off an interesting visit to an historic
family home, one where you could not only touch the furniture
but also sit on the chairs if you wished. We then departed to
allow the Parker family to enjoy what remained of a now
pleasant, sunny July evening, in peace.
window, a jigsaw of stained glass of various dates from the 13th
to the 19th centuries, created from pieces said to have come
from Whalley Abbey, Sawley Abbey and Skipwith, York.
Friends of Ribchester
|We hope that you will be able
to join us for a fascinating day out to the Senhouse Roman
Museum and Fort at Maryport, Cumbria, on Saturday, August
The day's itinerary includes a picturesque drive up the Cumbrian
Coast, stopping for lunch at Ravenglass to inspect the remains
of the Roman Bath House, amongst the best preserved in the north
of England, with upstanding walls over 12ft high. We then
proceed to Maryport and the site of the Roman fort ALAVNA,
situated in a spectacular cliff-top location overlooking the
We will be given a guided tour of the Senhouse Roman Museum,
where we will be guests of their Friends organisation. The
Museum is a jewel in the crown of Cumbria, containing one of the
finest collections of inscribed and sculptured Roman stones in
the North. We will be given an exclusive preview of the most
recent discoveries from excavations that are taking place at the
fort this year.
Departure time from Ribchester (Pope Croft Car Park) will be at
9.00am, with a scheduled return at around 7.00pm.
The total cost including coach and admissions will be £12.50 for
Friends, or £15 for non-members.
A £5 deposit per person is required to secure your place on a
strictly first come, first served basis.
We would be grateful if you could let us know ASAP if you
would like to join us, so that numbers can be gauged and the
Please send your £5 deposits Sharon Tomlinson, Treasurer,
Friends of Ribchester Roman Museum, Ribchester Roman Museum,
Riverside, Ribchester. PR3 3XS.