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Arriving at Burnley: Walking to Leeds Section 9

Resuming our complete walk of the Leeds Liverpool Canal, by the end of this walk we’ll be very conscious that we are now walking through the heartland of the industrial history of the north of England. Burnley, as you’ll see from this post and the next one, is a fantastic place that is a privilege to walk through

These walks also mark the end of our doing each canal section as a separate day trip. We’re now too far from home for that, so have booked ourselves a long weekend away in Barnoldswick. A place so far into East Lancashire that it feels just like Yorkshire.

Barnoldswick, quietly lovely.

A friendly pub that we go to and a café that we don’t call their place ‘Barlick.’ so maybe all the locals do? We wouldn’t presume to know.

Naturally on our evening of arrival we stroll down to see that we think of as ‘our’ canal. It’s yours too of course.

We’re not expecting to reach Barnoldswick itself on this weekend’s visit, but definitely will next time we come to stay. Continue reading

In North Liverpool: At Rotunda

A brilliant place for looking up from your life.

A brilliant place for looking up from your life.

When I told a friend I’d been to Rotunda he’d never heard of them. “What is it?” he said “What do they do?” I took a deep breath and said roughly this:

“Basically they’re a community led place that’s there to improvise whatever help’s needed around whoever comes through their Kirkdale door. Alternative education for the young, adult education, counselling, legal advice, loads of community stuff, a business centre, a café that’s also a history resource, a nursery, a gorgeous garden round the side & a big space out the front for events – plus advocacy for the future of North Liverpool. From a beautiful row of Georgian houses on Great Mersey Street. Oh and they’ve also got their own folly.”

In case you know as much about Rotunda as my friend I’ll tell you how to get there.

You could get the 27 like me to the bottom of Everton Valley.

You could get the 27 bus  like me to the bottom of Everton Valley.

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Our heritage? The Friday Walk

Isn’t ‘Heritage’ a peculiar word and concept? How come some things are ‘Heritage’ and others merely ‘ordinary.’ And who decides anyway? Being ‘National Heritage Weekend’ when you can get into approved places you might not always be able to, I decided to walk round the neighbourhood here and have a think.

Starting at the heart of things.

Starting at the heart of things.

Granby 4 Streets of course. Where I spent most of yesterday and much of the last week. This week we’ve started handing out the keys to the first Community Land Trust houses to come off site. This week they’ve started turning into homes. Heritage or just places where people live?

Off out walking on Friday morning.

Off out walking on Friday morning.

Forever fixing the roads that are too much travelled on?

Forever fixing the roads that are too much travelled on. Heritage or utilities?

Past the Unitarian Church. Heritge and open this weekend.

Past the Unitarian Church, Ullet Road. Official Heritge, William Roscoe and all, and open this weekend.

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Toxteth? Not really.

A few months ago while we were working with a customer at The Florrie, in the Dingle in Liverpool 8, I picked up a couple of leaflets in their Heritage Resource Centre. The first was a part of something called the ‘Toxteth Heritage Trail’ in the neighbourhood around The Florrie.

Park Road Heritage Trail.

Park Road North Heritage Trail.

It looked interesting and well presented but I didn’t make use of it on that particular event as we were looking in detail at the history of the area and its housing. So I used my favourite OS ‘Godfrey Edition’ maps from 1906 (seen recently on here in the South Docks Walk) as we walked around.

The bigger leaflet, containing all 5 Heritage Trails.

The bigger leaflet, containing all 5 Heritage Trails.

But I brought it home anyway, together with a bigger leaflet containing all the other parts of the ‘Heritage Trail’ – promised myself I’d take a closer look at them sometime, and then forgot all about them. Until, at the Granby 4 Streets Market last week someone said ‘It’s a shame about those Heritage Trail Leaflets isn’t it? Granby and the Welsh Streets are missed off, like we don’t exist.’

So I thought I’d better take a closer look. Continue reading