Kylie’s bra and ve­g­ans in the abat­toir

Lancashire Life - - REMARKABLE PEOPLE - WORDS: Mairead Ma­hon Š PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: Kirsty Thomp­son

Bar­row­ford is one of Lan­cashire’s most stylish towns but it also has some quirky tales to tell

The peo­ple of Bar­row­ford once had a rep­u­ta­tion for stand­ing idly on the tow­path, just watch­ing what was going on along the new­fan­gled Leeds Liver­pool canal. They were called Gon­goo­zlers but that was in the dis­tant past.

To­day, the lo­cals have worked hard to en­sure that their pretty vil­lage is one of the most fash­ion­able in Lan­cashire, com­plete with pic­turesque cot­tages and a thriv­ing, cre­ative High Street that has ap­par­ently even at­tracted the likes of David Beck­ham.

That doesn’t mean the lo­cals aren’t proud of their his­tory and,

to be fair, it com­prised a lot more than just gon­goo­z­ler­ing. When it was mooted, a few years ago, that what is now the Pen­dle Her­itage Cen­tre be de­mol­ished, they put their col­lec­tive foot down and formed a trust to pre­serve it. As well as pre­sent­ing the vil­lage’s in­dus­trial his­tory, it is also a stop on the Pen­dle Witches’ trail – the vis­i­tors book shows com­ments from Switzer­land to Aus­tralia.

‘Bar­row­ford is full of his­tory – it’s why we’re based here,’ says David Tay­lor, Chair­man of the Friends of Pen­dle Her­itage which has over 300 mem­bers, from teenagers to nona­ge­nar­i­ans. Its pa­tron is Lan­cashire an­tiques expert, Eric Knowles.

‘Ev­ery­one wants to know about the witches, so we make sure that the cen­tre book­shop stocks one of the best col­lec­tions of books and re­sources on them any­where but we do more than that, you know. We are work­ing to re­store the 15th cen­tury cruck barn and we are in­volved other ac­tiv­i­ties like gar­den­ing and ar­chae­ol­ogy. We even have a pro­fes­sional ar­chae­ol­o­gist,’ adds David, an ar­chae­ol­o­gist him­self, who has helped the group to or­gan­ise events such as Lan­cashire days, com­plete with scones eaten the way they like them in Bar­row­ford – with cheese and pickle.

ABOVE: LEFT: The Friends of Pen­dle Her­itage in front of Pen­dle Her­itage Cen­tre; Catherine Rousseau-jones, Jean Hard­man, David Tay­lor (chair­man) and Roger Grimshaw

Get­ting cre­ative at Cof­fee and Crafts; (from the left) Mrs Mares, Tabitha, Linda Minett, Roxy-louise, Chris­tine En­twhis­tle hold­ing Milly, Dianne Platt (owner) and Lily-sue

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