|GR: Where's Whalley?
Written by Julie W
(10/20/2003 9:32 a.m.)
Some of you may be wondering what the area where our families lived actually looks like.
Here are a few websites which show you how wild the landscape still is, and some insights into the really interesting history of the area.
This is a nice site which gives some history and pictures of the area around Colne, which was part of the massive Parish of Whalley.
For details of some of the houses mentioned in the text, go here:
and search under the area, - Colne,Burnely, etc.
Browsholme Hall near Clitheroe is still in the hands of the Parker family and has an intersting website:
And I have linked the website for the Leeds to Liverpool Cananl becasue it still exists( amazingly) and is a great draw for tourism,has good maps, and also illustrates just how important good transport links for the area were in the 18th century.Without the development of the turnpike network and the canalsystem,the development of industry would have been seriously held back,as would have the riches to be gained from such commerce.
It was all very far removed from London and "fashionable society"- although there were pockets of such society within the area at Perston,and there were fashionable spas at Harrogate and Scarborough .These were entirerly different from spas in the south of England, Bath, Cheltenham etc.The northern climate meant that unilke Bath where walking round the town and its environs were considered part of the cure, in the northern spas vistors kept mostly to indoor activities and the shelter in inns , throughout the 18th century.
Have a rumble round these sites to acclimatise yourselves ;-)
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