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Sun 30 May 2021
The weather was great for our first Whittle History walk. Thanks to those who turned up to join me on a journey from 3rd Century Romans via long lost pubs, inquests, WW2 Anti-aircraft installation and rich Industrial Heritage. It's always a pleasure to share history with others.

The 9am morning group.

The 2pm afternoon group.
Wed 26 May 2021

Drinkwater's Ruin and rebuilt wall.

The rebuilt wall.
Sun 23 May 2021
Heading for the Scottish Highlands. On the way called at Clan Donnachaidh Museum, Bruar. I wanted to see the ĎThe Yellow London Ladyí fiddle originally owned by Duncan Robertson who played the fiddle for the Schiehallion Experiment in 1774. The original was destroyed in a fire but this is the replacement sent by the Rev Nevil Maskelyne, fifth astronomer royal, who sent a replacement new violin arrived as a present for Duncan from Maskelyne who had returned to London. Duncan was overjoyed and immediately wrote a song celebrating it as his sweetheart and called it "The Yellow London Lady".
"The Yellow London Lady" fiddle.

Clan Donnachaidh Museum 

Clan Donnachaidh Museum
Sat 22 May 2021

Stubbins Vale Mill 1851 

A walk around Stubbins near Ramsbottom.

Strongstry at Stubbins.

Stubbins Vale Mill.
Fri 21 May 2021
Today is Mum's Birthday.
Late afternoon cycled via Denham Lane to Pleasington crematorium to plot H for a few moments as itís Mumís birthday. Still raining. The cycled to Withnell Fold to Mumís Memorial Bench. I had some pasta and a flask and was going to have picnic tea but the rain was so torrential I gave up and cycled home.

Pleasington Crematoium Plot H in the rain.

Mum's Memorial Bench at Withnell Fold.

Mum's friends and Revd Graham Cutler.
Ten years ago today on Sat 21st May 2011 we dedicated a memorial bench to Mum in the Garden of Remembrance, Withnell Fold. Mum lived in the village for most of her life before moving to Chorley. She died in 2010 at the age of 94. The Revd Graham Cutler said a few words of dedication and many friends and relatives of Lettice turned up to join in.
Sat 15 May 2021

A very gren Buckden Woods above Stubbins.
Fri 14 May 2021

A return to Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick after many years absence.

Artists impression of Victorian Visit.
Tue 11 May 2021

Morning walk to Chorley Hospital.
Mon 10 May 2021

Royal Oak Cottage is progressing.
Sun 09 May 2021

Evening walk via Lower Copthurst. A wide view of the bottom of a barrel and upside down Bench Mark.

Eric cleaning some of the inscriptions.
Sat 08 May 2021

Covid test at Chorley Hospital.
Fri 07 May 2021
This morning I met Cllr Eric Bell at St Johnís Church, Whittle-le-Woods to see some notable graves. In the south-west corner of the graveyard are a small group of graves marked by simple stone crosses. They are the graves of those who worked most of their lives in service at nearby Shaw Hill. Bushes have tried to engulf them but young offenders serving community service are occasionally being used to keep the area clear.
Eric cleaning some of the inscriptions.

John Faux died 1883 aged 68 after 42 years faithful Service at Shaw Hill
Sun Grave of John Cotton of The Pines.
Killed on the first day of the
Somme 1st July 1916.
Thu 06 May 2021
Today's Local Elections at Whittle-le-Woods Village Hall were for:
Chorley Borough Councillors, Lancashire County Councillors and a Police & Crime Commissioner.

Steve's house as Matt arrives

The same view when Matt had finished

Private Road at Hoghton.
Culvet/wall repairs.

The same view Sat 1st May.
Mon 03 May 2021
Bank Holiday Monday - Revisited the old Railway route between Threlkeld & Keswick (see walking diary for full details.)

The last train 4th March 1972

Storm Desmond damage Dec 2015

Bobbin Mill Tunnel reopened Dec 2020

Bobbin Mill Tunnel interior.
Sat 01 May 2021

Frank's wall is now rebuilt and complete.
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