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My life with Anthony Hewitson’s diaries

Anthony Hewitson, my great great uncle, was born Blackburn, Lancashire in 1836, reared by his grandparents in Ingleton from 1838 to 1850, and died in Bare, Morecambe in 1912. For most of his life he lived in Preston. He is best described as a Victorian mover, shaker and a man with his finger on the pulse of anything that moved – especially in Preston. Proprietor and editor of the Preston Chronicle and the Wakefield & West Riding Herald he was an antiquarian and historian of note and the author of some 20 books including The History of Preston, Northward and Our Churches and Chapels

Packhorse trade in the Lake District

Famous for its Kendal Green cloth, worn by Kendal’s bowmen at Clecy and Poitiers in the 14th century, Kendal’s motto is ‘pannus mihi panis’ which translates to ‘wool (cloth) is my bread’. It was also a major centre, along with its hinterland, for producing hand knitted socks. In addition to other goods 360,000 pairs left the town by packhorse each year, with 300 beasts of burden leaving the town each week. Nowhere in the UK are packhorse routes and bridges in such beautiful and dramatic scenery as that of Cumbria.

The historic Greek Islands

The violent past of Crete, including reminders of the WWII Battle of Crete, Patmos, the holy island where St John’s scribe wrote down the Book of Revelations, Santorini whose volcanic eruption in 1600BC wiped out the Minoan civilization, Kos, the home of Hypocrates, God of Medicine, and many more…….

The packhorse trade in the South Pennines area of Lancashire and Yorkshire

For almost 1,000 years teams of packhorses shuttled all manner of goods from source to user. Monasteries, abbeys, priories, castles, markets and fairs spawned the first consumer societies which, in hill country, were not accessible by wheeled transport. Ultimately turnpikes, canals and railways superseded these beasts of burden, although the last packman in Clitheroe was still working in the early 1900s. In the north west we have inherited an enviable living history of the trade. These include quaint hump-backed bridges such as this one photographed at Wycoller, believed to have been built in the 13th century by the monks of Sawley Abbey. It was a route along which salt and lime were carried, as well as rolls of woollen cloth en route to Heptonstall and Halifax Piece Halls, via flagged causeways that led across the moors.

Yorkshire’s Ancient Secrets and Curiosities

The unique Brandsby Troy Maze. Yorkshire's only mediaeval moated and fortified manor house near Ripon. A miniature Stonehenge in the remote Druid's Wood. Towton, site of the worst battle in English history. Stonegrave, and its tiny minster. The UK's tallest standing stone at 8 metres (over 26ft) in the churchyard at Rudston, where Winifred Holtby the writer of South Riding is buried. And the effigy of Prince Edward, son of Richard III in a village church, etc.,

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