Pendle Heritage Archaeological Group
Minutes of the Twenty-eighth Annual General Meeting of the Pendle Heritage
Held at Park Hill Barrowford on Friday 11th November 2011, at 7.30pm
Present: The Acting Chairman (D Taylor) and 14 members
1 Apologies for absence
There were apologies from: David Morris
2 Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes of the 2010 meeting were read, accepted and signed as a correct record.
3 Matters Arising
There were no matters arising
4 Election of Officers
The following were re elected
Chairman David Morris
Vice Chairman David Taylor
Secretary Henry Wall
Treasurer Francis Haworth
Field Liason Mike Handford
Excavation Secretary Christine Barnett
Committee Members Gillian Greenwood, Janet Suggett, Pam Minkley and Georgina Bentley
Finds Officer Alex Whitlock
Lecture Secretary To go to the committee
5 Chairman’s Report
David has asked me to give the report this year in view of his unavoidable absence.
When reviewing the group`s activities over a period of a year it always comes to me as a surprise to see just what has been achieved over a 12 months period.
Over the winter months the usual lecture programme took place and the speakers included David Johnson of the Ingleborough Archaeological Society on limestone hushings, Norman Redhead of the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit on iron smelting in the Castleshaw Valley, Saddleworth, and our own Henry on Roman re-enactment. The first two speakers were chosen as they directly related to our research.
Fieldwork continued researching the vaccaries in Pendle, Rossendale and Trawden. A detailed survey was carried out of the vaccary north of Higham in the spring and the detailed survey of the vaccary to the west of Barrowford began in the autumn. Preliminary research has been carried out at the Bacup vaccary and some further research took place in Trawden to establish whether or not there was a defined forest area to the east.
During the course of our fieldwork it has become apparent that many important features, especially gateposts, have been lost due to the actions of some landowners. In view of this it was felt important to fully record the better examples of gateposts and other features, i.e. bridges. in Trawden, with a view to submitting these to the County Archaeologist for listing. Several days were spent recording these features and submission will be made shortly.
As a change, in April we carried out a measured survey of the former boiler room at Higherford Mill when we recorded the floor plans and an external wall together with many original features. This work was undertaken so that a listed building application could be submitted to Pendle Borough Council for the installation a replacement boiler in the future.
Further excavation took place on the bloomery site at Sabden Fold in May. The weather was not kind, nor were the results of the excavation quite as good as expected. We will discuss the possibility of further excavation on this site later on in the meeting. A second interim report has been prepared. Importantly, some sherds of late Medieval pottery were found which have yet to be fully identified.
A brief excavation, in which some of our members were involved with Blacko School, took place in July at Malkin Tower Farm.
The report on the Wycoller excavations has been completed and a useful period was spent on a wet Saturday at the Heritage Centre re-appraising the pottery and other finds.
Following last year`s successful trip to Hadrian`s Wall, a further excursion to Shropshire was arranged for 8th-9th October. This was much enjoyed by all and a similar event is likely to be arranged by popular demand. The joint meeting with the Wharfedale Upper Field Society took place on 23rd July at Malham when we were shown many of the prehistoric sites situated on Malham Moor. It is our turn to host the society next year and I am sure our Chairman will welcome any suggestions as to how to entertain them.
I would like to thank our absent Chairman for all his efforts during the past year in ensuring the smooth running of the group and to you for your interest in our activities.
WINTER LECTURE PROGRAMME FOR 2011-12
Friday, 11st November 2011 Annual General Meeting
Friday, 25th November "Recent research on cruck-frame buildings around Greater Manchester".
Dr Michael Nevell, Head of Archaeology at University of Salford and Time Team archaeologist
Saturday, 17th December Christmas Party
Friday, 27th January 2012 “The local mill heritage and its power sources”. Anthony Pilling, retired Lancashire County Architect and cotton mill and machinery expert
Friday, 24th February Members evening
Friday, 23rd March “Recent advance in crop and cultivation research”.
Professor Glynis Jones of Sheffield University
All events will be held in the meeting room at the Pendle Heritage Centre commencing at 7.30pm.
7 Treasurer’s Report
STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS AS AT 21.10.2011
29.10.10 Balance b/f 299.71 29.10.10 Sabden dig )
Refreshment 12.00 25.3.11 Wine/Whisky 20.00
26.11.10 P Halstead Lecture 53.00 for Trevor ) 20.14
11.12.10 Christmas Party 26.11.10 Lecture Fee 0.00
Raffle & Games 47.00 24.11.10 P Short - Whisky 17.31
11.12.10 Christmas Party
28.1.11 N Redhead Lecture 64.00 Gratuities 10.00
25.3.11` Henry Wall Lecture 44.00 28.1.11 N Redhead Fee 35.00
25.3.11 H Wall Fee 30.00
21.10.11 Balance 387.26
At PHC 308.51
Discussion of the cost of attending lectures £3 or £2. A charge of £2 was decided upon.
8 Talks were presented by acting chairman David Taylor, Christine Barnet and Alex Whitlock
9 The meeting closed @ 9.30
Field walking Barrowford and Barley vaccaries
Bloomery excavation Interim report prepared
Dates, late May
Visits Chester re-enactment 2nd June
Orkney trip 2nd-6th June
Upper Wharfedale Field Soc. July
October weekend 6th-7th October
Socials Christmas party 17th December
Mike, Frances, Georgina,