Monthly Archives: January 2015

Penwortham Castle, near Preston

The motte of Penwortham Castle is a huge artificial mound, built by the Normans soon after their conquest of northern England. The wooden castle that stood here and lasted nearly two hundred years is long gone, but the site and the motte are well worth … Continue reading

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Holden Cross Base, Victoria Park, Haslingden

Leaning up against the clock tower in Haslingden’s Victoria Park is a huge, square cross base. This is the surviving remnant of Holden Cross, which was actually situated not here but nearby to Holden Hall, off the Haslingden Grane Road. Many wayside … Continue reading

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Doffcocker Cross, Johnson Fold, Bolton

Doffcocker or Haliwell Cross is  made from a single, huge slab of stone and stands in the church grounds of St James the Great, Bolton. This impressive monument is over seven feet tall and it’s well worth a visit to the Johnson Fold … Continue reading

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