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Wednesday 17th August 2016

Up early & wandered down to the locks with the rubbish, couple of 55′ boats going down, very leaky locks & not much space behind when gates open to leave. a bit apprehensive as on the trip so far we have only ascended the locks all the way to the summit of the Leeds & Liverpool & it seems an age since we descended. Unlike some folk, I don’t mind going up but I hate going down in these short locks. We have a tarpaulin skirt around the deck now, protection for the animals but helped my worries about water gushing onto the deck.  We have had so many previous trials with this boat it is taking me a long while to get my confidence with her, but it’s coming.

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Just setting off towards Barrowford Top Lock when another boater asks to share the 7 locks with us. Jeremy & Rachel on nb Phoebe Joan, what a lovely couple & they now have two mugs with their boat sign writing on.

 

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They waited for us at Reedley Marina as we planned to stop there but there are no moorings outside the marina & we were told next suitable stop would be Bridge 130b outside The Wharf pub in Burnley after the embankment

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We noticed that we have lost our picturesque scenery & the surrounding areas were a lot more industrialised & a lot of old wharf buildings & rubbish, we hadn’t seen any rubbish really since we started our trip.

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We dipped in & out of old mills buildings, industry & green areas again.

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Just before the embankment I thought I might be back in Yorkshire again by the name on this new widebeam!

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We cruised along the mile long Burnley embankment, not very scenic but the views over Burnley were quite interesting, shops & town centre one side & the old cobbled streets lined with row of houses.

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Looking back along the embankment 60ft above the town.

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The end of the embankment.

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We came across this oddity on the way into Burnley. I have no idea what it is or why it is there!

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We moored up behind nb Phoebe Joan on Burnley wharf & have all decided a visit to town & a bit of shopping tomorrow.

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9 Miles       7 Locks      0 Swing Bridges      0 Tunnels     5 Hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday 16th August 2016 

Barrowford is lovely but the “towpathers” are mainly joggers or dog walkers so we decided not to trade but to have a day doing something for us & we liked the pretty town so we ventured across the sheep field again, past the pretty flowers , along the river to the Pendle Heritage Centre.

This is the old Toll House at the bridge just before the Heritage centre.

The heritage centre occupies Park Hill, a two-storey former farmhouse which has a 1661 date stone but was developed over an extended period between the 16th century and the beginning of the 18th century. The centre has an 18th-century walled garden and woodland walk, and houses the Pendle Arts Gallery.

Park Hill is an old farmhouse that has been restored using traditional building techniques to provide visitors with an insight on how the house has been developed and adapted from the 15th century.

I found the explanation of the holes in the wall of Park hill fascinating & any of my acquaintances  from Golcar & Holmfirth will probably already know about these as they appear in buildings there.

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We walked around the walled garden, picked some of the purple pod peas & enjoyed them as we wandered. We looked at the timber framed barn, a massive barn, the main arches made from a suitably bend log, split in half to form the arch. You can see the stables too.

One thing i did notice in the exhibition was the beautiful handwriting in some of the old documents. I wish I could have handwriting like this & that we still taught good handwriting to kids.

 

The Pendle Witches

The rest of the exhibition is dedicated to the story of The Pendle Witches. The trials of the Pendle witches in 1612 are among the most famous witch trials in English history, and some of the best recorded of the 17th century. The twelve accused lived in the area around Pendle Hill in Lancashire, and were charged with the murders of ten people by the use of  witchcraft.   It was a time when witchcraft was not only feared but also fascinated those from common village folk to King  James I  who had been greatly interested in witchcraft even before he took the throne in 1603 The scepticism of the king became reflected in the feelings of unrest about witchcraft among the common people.

It is important to understand the background to the events of these trials. Six of the eleven “witches” on trial came from two rival families, the Demdike family and the Chattox family, both headed by old widows in their 80’s, Elizabeth Southerns known as “Old Demdike”and Anne Whittle “Mother Chattox”.

Old Demdike had been known as a witch for fifty years; it was an accepted part of village life in the 16th century that there were village healers who practised magic and dealt in herbs and medicines. The extent of the spate of witchcraft reported in Pendle at this time perhaps reflected the large amounts of money people could make by posing as witches.

The story began with an altercation between one of the accused, Alizon Device, and a pedlar, John Law.  Alizon, either travelling or begging on the road to Trawden Forest, passed  John Law and asked him for some pins (it is not known whether her intention was to pay for them or whether she was begging). He refused and Alizon cursed him. It was a short while after this that John Law suffered a stroke, for which he blamed Alizon and her powers. When this incident was brought before Justice Nowell, Alizon confessed that she had told the Devil to lame John Law. It was upon further questioning that Alizon accused her grandmother, Old Demdike, and also members of the Chattox family, of witchcraft. The accusations on the Chattox family seem to have been an act of revenge. The families had been feuding for years, perhaps since one of the Chattox family broke into Malkin Tower (the home of the Demdikes) and stole goods to the value of £1 (approximately the equivalent of £100 now). Furthermore, John Device (father of Alizon) blamed the illness that led to his death on Old Chattox, who had threatened to harm his family if they did not pay annually for their protection.

The deaths of four other villagers that had occurred years before the trial were raised and the blame laid on witchcraft performed by Chattox. James Demdike confessed that Alizon had also cursed a local child some time before and Elizabeth, although more reserved in making accusations, confessed her mother had a mark on her body, supposedly where the Devil had sucked her blood, which left her mad. On further questioning both Old Demdike and Chattox confessed to selling their souls.  Also Anne (Chattox’s daughter) was allegedly seen to create clay figures. After hearing this evidence, the judge detained Alizon, Anne, Old Demdike and Old Chattox and waited for trial.

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The story would have ended there had it not been for a meeting held at Malkin Tower by James Device (Alizon’s brother), for which he stole a neighbour’s sheep. Those sympathetic to the family attended but word reached the judge who felt compelled to investigate. As a result, a further eight people were summoned for questioning and then trial.

Nine year old Jennet Device was a key supplier of evidence for the Pendle witches’ trial which was allowed under the system from King James; all normal rules of evidence could be suspended for witch trials, someone so young would not have been able to supply key evidence normally. Jennet gave evidence against those who attended the meeting at Malkin Tower but also against her mother, sister and brotherer son John Bulcock, Alice Nutter, Katherine Hewitt, Alice Gray, and Jennet Preston.  Many of the allegations resulted from accusations that members of the Demdike and Chattox families made against each other, perhaps because they were in competition, both trying to make a living from healing, begging, and extortion.

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The trials were held at Lancaster between 17th and 19th August 1612.  Old Demdike never reached trial; the dark, dank dungeon in which they were imprisoned was too much for her to survive & she died there in the arms of her daughter.

After all that we had a coffee in the centre’s coffee shop & wandered back across that sheep field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday 15th August 2016

Lovely still sunny Monday morning, I have so far conquered one fear……The Bingley Five Rise, now it’s The Foulridge tunnel. We have done Harecastle Tunnel & Hyde Bank Tunnel & both times I never ventured above deck, today I was determined to stay above deck although was not prepared to be on the tiller as I am normally.

Foulridge is the summit of the Leeds & Liverpool canal at 487ft  6ins above sea level.

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Looking back at Café Cargo

 

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Moving onto the tunnel moorings ready to go.

 

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Red lights……is anyone coming through?

 

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On the hour & we are green to go, no boats came through this time.

 

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That exit seems along way off!

 

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The exit getting bigger now…

 

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Looking back, we are over half way now after 15 minutes. You have 30 minutes maximum to get through, ideally it should take 20 minutes.

 

We emerged safely at the other side & just a about 1/2 mile further on we arrived at Barrowford Top  Lock moorings. Here you can actually appreciate that you are at the summit of the canal.

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looking towards Barrowford Top Lock

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Barrowford Top Lock

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Barrowford Reservoir

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Looking across the reservoir towards Colne

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Looking back towards Foulridge from Barrowford Top Lock

 

 

 

 

 

This colourful boat with the doggies home complete with umbrella to shade it from the sun or I suppose equally the rain!

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It’s a dogs life!

It’s a lovely spot but the shops are a fair trek away.  If you cross over the Top Lock & follow the track across the sheep field (4 cows also) go through the gate at the top, follow the road to junction, turn left follow the busy road along the river & you will see Booths ahead of you. If you need supplies & fancy blowing the budget to pieces this is a fabulous store, top notch produce, meats, fish & wines plus a fabulous coffee shop which was well appreciated after the walk to get there in the afternoon sun. A tangy Fentimans Ginger Beer for me & Dandelion & Burdock for Colin, a couple of Prawn sandwiches & a to die for Vanilla Marshmallow bar. Now for a bit of shopping……….well that emptied the purse!

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On the way alongside the river we saw a couple of young lads doing what young boys do best, playing outside at being daredevils, diving off the wall above the weir into the deep pool below.

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The weir just beside the Pendle Heritage centre

 

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Taking a dive!

 

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Climbing out for another go!

we noticed how colourful the town is, they love their flowers, this is the pretty stretch with the weir below that takes you to Booths.

 

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Looking back towards the weir

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The river before the weir running behind quaint little houses.

 

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Flowers along the pavement

 

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A real welcome to the town, so pretty.

Refreshed but now skint we trekked back across the sheep field to the moorings, too tired & hot to cook, so the recently purchased fresh baguette was consumed with the gorgeous Ginger Spice Cheese I had purchased from roving traders The Cheese Boat ( http://thecheeseboat.co.uk/ ) earlier in the year & copious amount of cold Pino Grigot.

 

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2 Miles,    0 Locks,    0 Swing Bridges,    1 Tunnel,    1 Hour

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