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31 August 2020

Heritage Open Days 2020

HOD 2020

Elijah and Frederick Cawthorne: Ribble Valley’s Hidden Landscape Artists.

Crawthorne HOD 2020

Rachel Denyer, author of 'A Century of Art : Clitheroe Artists Elijah and Frederick Cawthorne 1843 - 1940' is curating this'Interactive Virtual Exhibition' of works by Elijah and Frederick Cawthorne.
This interactive virtual exhibition is designed with this years ‘Heritage Open Days’ theme of ‘Hidden Nature’ in mind and the inability to present a live exhibition due to Covid. Rachel Denyer will, via her website, be inviting the owners of 'Cawthorne
landscapes' to submit images of these for inclusion in this exhibition. Added to her extensive, but not complete, catalogue of their works - assembled during the research for her 2018 publication - these contributions will form the basis of this 'HODs
Online Exhibition'. This wil be the first collection of their work exhibited to date.

Details of how to access the exhibition will be posted on Rachel's website at: and also on the Heritage Open Days website at

In addition to the exhibition of 'submitted' work Rachel will also be presenting extracts from the latest edition of her book on the Cawthornes. This will include newly researched information on their life and times here in Clitheroe.
The exhibition will be the opportunity for:
- owners of works of this father and son pair of Ribblesdale Landscape Artists, to further their interests and knowledge. - those unfamiliar with their work to acquaint themselves with it,
- an appreciation of the development of the Cawthornes artistic abilities over almost 100 years, and most significantly, via the early work,
- sight of many pre-photographic 'hidden' Ribblesdale landscapes.

● Available anytime No booking required

Contact for the day: Rachel Denyer 07929015498 How can people participate? Online




The Road to Up-Brooks Clitheroe

An illustrated presentation of this ancient thoroughfare by Clitheroe Historian,John Lambert, with thanks to his predecessor, Cyril Ainsworth.

Prepared by Local Clitheroe Historian, John Lambert, this presentation takes you on and illustrated 'virtual' tour of one of Clitheroe's oldest thoroughfares and industrial areas - The road to Up-Brooks.
"When I began this journey into local history my first task that Cyril Ainsworth set me was to transcribe an 1802 indenture. This consisted of seven A0 pages that related to the sale of land at Up - Brooks to Grindleton Chapel by Lord Ribblesdale & Earl Brownlow. The Earl had just bought the majority of Lord Ribblesdale’s Clitheroe property. Cyril coloured in the plan that can be seen in this presentation" - and much more during the following years .

● Available anytime No booking required. On Line 2/3

TBC Contact for the day: Steve Burke How can people participate? Online

Guided Tour of Bellmanpark Estate Clitheroe

Two guided tours will commence and finish at the Clitheroe Auction Mart Car Park Lincoln Way, Clitheroe BB7 1QD at 11.00am and 2.00pm on Sunday 20th September (TBC).

Guided Visit of the Bellmanpark Estate Clitheroe covering its agricultural, industrial and recreational history. Includes visit to the site of one of the three Scheduled Monuments in the Clitheroe Parish - Bellmanpark Limekilns.
This tour will cover the social, industrial, and agricultural significance led by Andrew Collinson who was raised at Bellman Farm. His intimate and extensive knowledge cover the historic importance to the Borough of Clitheroe of this large site, the people,
landscape features and buildings.It will cover the development of Bellman Park from its original and wholly agricultural activities, through the development of the limestone quarries which is the foundation industry for the Borough along with its recreational use as the site of the Clitheroe Racecourse. It will also include a visit to (but not inside) the four pot eight draw Bellmanpark Limekilns Schedule Ancient Monument, and the site of Ribble Valleys first cement works. The Lime Kilns are currently undergoing urgent stabilisation works and the preparation of a Development and Maintenance Strategy to ensure their 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 maximum. The event will be a live tour but subject to prevailing Covid Regulations.

Booking Details:

Pre Booking essential. Confirmation on the day of H&S requirements including prevailing Covid Regulation requirements
Contact: Andrew Colinson Call: 01282 777868 Email:   Booking opens: 26 August 2020 09:00 Booking closes: 11 September 2020 12:00

Access Information:
This tour can only be taken by those who are reasonably active. The total distance is approx. 1.5 miles and on relatively level and firm ground using - for the most part - public footpaths. However, some high ladder stiles need to be negotiated along the
way and there is short elevated section to access the Carter Memorial. The duration, including numerous stops will not exceed 2.00hrs.
COVID-19 Considerations: This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information:
Max 12 people per tour/session. 2 hours If using the A59 to travel to the site take the A671, Pimlico Link Road, exit. Approx 1.0km turn left into Lincoln Way and first right into the Clitheroe Auction Mart Car Park. Please park adjacent to the Lancashire
Federation of Young Farmers Clubs building which is immediately on your right-hand side as you enter the car park. NB vehicles are parked on this site entirely at the owners’ risk. 3/3


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10 February 2021

1536 King Henry VIII faced a major rebellion called The Pilgrimage of Grace, in opposition to the religious changes being imposed by the king and his ministers. The rebels, based mainly in the north of England, were particularly keen to defend the monasteries against the government’s attempt to close them down. This talk tells the story of the struggle for Sawley Abbey in the autumn of 1536 and how close Henry VIII came to a disastrous defeat there.

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