2014 Events

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  • 6 Dec. AGM & Autumn Meeting 3 – Farming the Fell
  • 22 Nov. Autumn Meeting 2 – Life in Tatham in 1938
  • 8 Nov. Autumn meeting 1 – The local history behind the Robert Barker stained-glass window in Lower Tatham church
  • 2 Aug. Field trip – Russells, Perry Moor & the Corpse Road
  • 21 Jun. Tatham History Society “At Home” to Lancashire Local History Federation
  • 28 Mar. Workshop – Life in Lower Tatham since the 1950s

August 2014: Field trip – Russells, Perry Moor & the Corpse Road

Led by John Wilson

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Following a morning of wind and heavy rain, 14 members braved the elements, and after a little drizzle in the early stages of the walk, were rewarded with a warm and sunny late afternoon.

John explained that the area we were to cross had been moorland until the 17th century, when the landowner at Hornby Castle had started a process that led to its gradual cultivation and settlement.

In the small, deep valley betwen Russells and Perry Moor, we explored some of the extensive and impressive old quarry workings before following a footpath to Ashleys. From there we followed part of the “old corpse road” (there was some debate as to the most likely historic route) down to Clear Beck, and then back up to Russells. In the days before Tatham Fells chapel was built (probably 16th century) or licensed for burials, corpses would be brought for burial from the Fells to Low Tatham church.