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Lancashire — Around-England


Sawley Abbey by the Ribble in Lancashire

May 28, 2021

The River Ribble rises in Yorkshire but comes to maturity in Lancashire. Not long after crossing from the white rose county to the land of the red rose it flows past Sawley. More accurately, I suppose, one should say the village of Sawley grew up by the banks of the Ribble. Before there was much […]

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Interesting Days in East Lancashire

January 6, 2015

In my last post here I announced the planned resurrection of the “Around-England” sites after a year’s unavoidable hiatus. Today, then, we start an “East Lancashire season” by referring briefly to a few of the area’s many interesting places in which a visitor (or for that matter a local) can spend enjoyable hours. “East Lancashire”. […]

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A Working Steam Driven Cotton Mill – History Alive

July 9, 2013

Personal Note:Regular visitors will have noticed the lack of new articles recently. Shortly after this one was published I suffered the first of a series of mini-strokes. Although there is no permanent brain damage it became very apparent that I was seriously overworking. I’m planning to keep “Around-England” and other sites going but there will […]

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Across the North – September 2012

September 20, 2012

Easier Access to the North Yorkshire Dales Having had to negotiate my way through Bedale on a number of occasions in recent months I must say that a bypass is welcome news.  Of course, new developments like this are never without their challenges. There are always pros and cons to be weighed, and difficult dilemmas […]

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Towneley Hall, Burnley

April 18, 2012

Towneley Hall, Burnley was built over many centuries, from the early-15th to the 19th, as home to the Towneley family. Historically, although many have been eminent public servants, the most famous member of the family was possibly Charles Towneley, the 18th century collector whose marbles and brasses form an important part of collections at the […]

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Nature in the North – Smitten bitterns at Leighton Moss

March 30, 2012

Spring is sprung! And the RSPB at Leighton Moss report lovey-dovey bitterns. The other day Annabel Rushton wrote: Our very lucky Visitor Services Manager Jacqui was out for a stroll on the reserve yesterday evening and witnessed a rare treat at the bottom of the causeway.  She was listening to our male bittern booming and suddenly he […]

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Brockholes, Preston – “An Unreserved Reserve”

November 11, 2011

Brockholes Nature Reserve just outside Preston is a remarkable initiative of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. I am old enough to remember the building of Britain’s first motorway. And it wasn’t the M1; it was the M6 Preston bypass. For almost forty years I would regularly drive the seven or eight miles from home to join […]

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Two Great Lancashire Buildings

February 17, 2011

Last week I mentioned some of the items on the blog that had received most attention since they were published. One of these was on Towneley Hall, Burnley, a “hidden gem” of East Lancashire.  The picture there was taken from my copy of the 1909 brochure, so I thought that today I’d put up here […]

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A Lancashire Surprise

February 12, 2011

This morning I decided to take a look at the visitor statistics for the Around-England blog, and got some surprises. The most visited places on the blog Previously, if anyone had asked me which had been the most popular items I might have guessed at some of my posts about the Lake District.  For example, […]

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Landscapes of the Ribble, by Andy Latham

January 15, 2010

I have written several times recently about the River Ribble and its tributaries, especially the Hodder. Now, here is a new book to enjoy. [easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”0711230285″ locale=”uk” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51zJVvsJOlL._SL160_.jpg” width=”149″]The Ribble is substantially a Lancashire river, but in fact rises in the heights above the Yorkshire Dales. These are outstanding landscapes, walking-country par excellence, from […]

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