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Heritage Open Days - Clitheroe 2019
A Guided Tour of Bellman Park Clitheroe
Tours at 11am & 2pm Saturday 14th September
These tours will cover the social, industrial and agricultural significance of Bellman Park and will be led by Andrew Collinson who was raised at Bellman Farm.
It seeks to cover the development of Bellman Park from its origins as a wholly agricultural estate, through the development of the limestone quarries within the park, (the foundation of one of the Borough’s principle industries) and additionally its recreational use as the site of the Clitheroe Racecourse.
The tour will also include a visit up to (but not inside) the four pot, eight draw Bellman Park Limekilns which are now a Schedule Ancient Monument and the site of Ribble Valley’s first cement works.
The Lime Kilns are currently undergoing a major Historic England grant aided programme of detailed investigation, urgent stabilisation works and the preparation of a Development and Maintenance Strategy to ensure their long-term future. Adjacent to the limekilns is Bellman Farm Marsh Biological Heritage Site and the organisers are currently discussing access to the view this (but not enter) with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
The tour will be on public footpaths for the most part including some high ladder stiles. It will take approximately two hours
The guided tours will commence and finish at the Clitheroe Auction Mart Car Park, Lincoln Way, Clitheroe BB7 1QD
Access to Bellman Park is free to explore. Access to Bellman Park Limekilns and the Bellman Marsh Biological Heritage site is strictly by permission of the site owner. Participation in the tour must be pre-booked.
Booking Contact: Andrew Collinson
Call: 01282 777868
Booking opens: 10 August 2019 09:00
Booking closes: 7 September 2019 22:00
Note: All participants on the Guided tours will be required to read and comply with the requirements of a Heritage Open Day Risk Assessment.
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