£30k heritage cash boost for East Lancs medieval manor house

This Is Lancashire: Ightenhill Manor House has strong connections with King Edward II Ightenhill Manor House has strong connections with King Edward II

A MEDIEVAL manor house, which once stood in Burnley, will be remembered once again thanks to almost £30,000 in heritage cash.

The only visible signs left of Ightenhill Manor House are a few mounds in a field behind Hill Farm.

But according to a local historian it was once the second most important building in East Lancashire, behind Clitheroe Castle.

Now Ightenhill Parish Council has received £29,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project that will research the historical importance of the manor.

Roger Frost, who helped put the bid together and has helped research the history of the site, said: “It was a very important building. Edward II made some decisions while he was here so Ightenhill played its part nationally at the time.

“It was left abandoned from 1523 and today it is just a few mounds, but it is coming up to its 500th anniversary of it being empty.”

As part of the project the parish council will distribute a leaflet on the history of the site to every household in Ightenhill, create an information board, and also look to produce a scale replica model of the Manor House that will go on display.

It is believed that the Manor House was built in the 12th Century, but its most famous moment came from Edward II visited in 1323, shortly after his victory at the Battle of Boroughbridge.

The building also provided facilities for the local justice system and local government, and it was the mediaeval administrative centre of the Royal Forest of Pendle and Trawden and the Park of Ightenhill.

The site is a Grade One listed archaeological site which means researchers will not be able to carry out a dig at the site, but they can test the land underneath which will help understand the size and shape of the building.

Maria Chattle, project leader, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will raise awareness of the historical importance of the site, and encourage local residents of all ages to get involved and visit Ightenhill, Burnley and the surrounding area.”

Sara Hilton, head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: “The site of the former Manor House at Ightenhill has hidden clues as to the way our ancestors lived and how the community around here developed into what it is today.”

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11:54pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Malthus says...

So let me get this straight, £30,000 has been given to a project that will not do anything at all. In fact it appears that because of the restrictions placed upon the site no digging or proper archeological investigation can take place. This then begs the question where and who does the cash go to? What a complete and utter waste of money. I am certain that the majority of people would rather see the cash channeled into providing an extra nurse at the hospital than investigating what is described as a site that "was left abandoned from 1523 and today it is just a few mounds, but it is coming up to its 500th anniversary of it being empty.” This is a quote by Roger Frost who it appears compiled the bid for funding and still finds it difficult to enthuse about. What a farce!
So let me get this straight, £30,000 has been given to a project that will not do anything at all. In fact it appears that because of the restrictions placed upon the site no digging or proper archeological investigation can take place. This then begs the question where and who does the cash go to? What a complete and utter waste of money. I am certain that the majority of people would rather see the cash channeled into providing an extra nurse at the hospital than investigating what is described as a site that "was left abandoned from 1523 and today it is just a few mounds, but it is coming up to its 500th anniversary of it being empty.” This is a quote by Roger Frost who it appears compiled the bid for funding and still finds it difficult to enthuse about. What a farce! Malthus
  • Score: -7

9:48am Thu 20 Mar 14

DaveBurnley says...

Malthus wrote:
So let me get this straight, £30,000 has been given to a project that will not do anything at all. In fact it appears that because of the restrictions placed upon the site no digging or proper archeological investigation can take place. This then begs the question where and who does the cash go to? What a complete and utter waste of money. I am certain that the majority of people would rather see the cash channeled into providing an extra nurse at the hospital than investigating what is described as a site that "was left abandoned from 1523 and today it is just a few mounds, but it is coming up to its 500th anniversary of it being empty.” This is a quote by Roger Frost who it appears compiled the bid for funding and still finds it difficult to enthuse about. What a farce!
You don't need to go digging to conduct an archaeological investigation. Ground-penetrating radar can reveal a great deal about what is underground without disturbing it.

£30,000 is not an insignificant amount, but it is important to research our past, so that future generations can learn from our discoveries.
[quote][p][bold]Malthus[/bold] wrote: So let me get this straight, £30,000 has been given to a project that will not do anything at all. In fact it appears that because of the restrictions placed upon the site no digging or proper archeological investigation can take place. This then begs the question where and who does the cash go to? What a complete and utter waste of money. I am certain that the majority of people would rather see the cash channeled into providing an extra nurse at the hospital than investigating what is described as a site that "was left abandoned from 1523 and today it is just a few mounds, but it is coming up to its 500th anniversary of it being empty.” This is a quote by Roger Frost who it appears compiled the bid for funding and still finds it difficult to enthuse about. What a farce![/p][/quote]You don't need to go digging to conduct an archaeological investigation. Ground-penetrating radar can reveal a great deal about what is underground without disturbing it. £30,000 is not an insignificant amount, but it is important to research our past, so that future generations can learn from our discoveries. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 9

10:20am Thu 20 Mar 14

claretandbluetoo says...

Malthus you f*ckin half-wit, this money has not been 'given' someone has got off their backside and applied for it and submitted a big funding application.

oh and your boring whiny sh!te about it being used for something else ......change the record!
Malthus you f*ckin half-wit, this money has not been 'given' someone has got off their backside and applied for it and submitted a big funding application. oh and your boring whiny sh!te about it being used for something else ......change the record! claretandbluetoo
  • Score: 10

1:14pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Malthus says...

claretandbluetoo wrote:
Malthus you f*ckin half-wit, this money has not been 'given' someone has got off their backside and applied for it and submitted a big funding application.

oh and your boring whiny sh!te about it being used for something else ......change the record!
Lol, I take it you feel strongly about this.
[quote][p][bold]claretandbluetoo[/bold] wrote: Malthus you f*ckin half-wit, this money has not been 'given' someone has got off their backside and applied for it and submitted a big funding application. oh and your boring whiny sh!te about it being used for something else ......change the record![/p][/quote]Lol, I take it you feel strongly about this. Malthus
  • Score: -4

1:52pm Thu 20 Mar 14

leyton says...

So let me get this straight, £30,000 has been given to a project that will not do anything at all
That about sums it up and the morons above thin k its alright hahahahaha
So let me get this straight, £30,000 has been given to a project that will not do anything at all That about sums it up and the morons above thin k its alright hahahahaha leyton
  • Score: -4

2:12pm Thu 20 Mar 14

DaveBurnley says...

leyton wrote:
So let me get this straight, £30,000 has been given to a project that will not do anything at all
That about sums it up and the morons above thin k its alright hahahahaha
Was the article too complicated for you to understand? Were the words too big?
[quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: So let me get this straight, £30,000 has been given to a project that will not do anything at all That about sums it up and the morons above thin k its alright hahahahaha[/p][/quote]Was the article too complicated for you to understand? Were the words too big? DaveBurnley
  • Score: 3

12:33am Fri 21 Mar 14

Malthus says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
leyton wrote:
So let me get this straight, £30,000 has been given to a project that will not do anything at all
That about sums it up and the morons above thin k its alright hahahahaha
Was the article too complicated for you to understand? Were the words too big?
I am beginning to wonder whether the esoteric clique of people who applied for the funding have now taken it upon themselves to condemn anyone who posts a negative statement. I find it odd that such an obscure report can generate so many negative comments when other articles that touch on the lives of the majority do not get as many negative or positive responses. As for claretandbluetoo's statement referring to me as a "f*ckin half-wit", do you really think that such a post reflects positively on the merits of such a project? I personally think that this further undermines the credibility of a dubious nonessential project. Over to you Clare.
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]leyton[/bold] wrote: So let me get this straight, £30,000 has been given to a project that will not do anything at all That about sums it up and the morons above thin k its alright hahahahaha[/p][/quote]Was the article too complicated for you to understand? Were the words too big?[/p][/quote]I am beginning to wonder whether the esoteric clique of people who applied for the funding have now taken it upon themselves to condemn anyone who posts a negative statement. I find it odd that such an obscure report can generate so many negative comments when other articles that touch on the lives of the majority do not get as many negative or positive responses. As for claretandbluetoo's statement referring to me as a "f*ckin half-wit", do you really think that such a post reflects positively on the merits of such a project? I personally think that this further undermines the credibility of a dubious nonessential project. Over to you Clare. Malthus
  • Score: -2

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