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Ribchester

Ribchester's claim to fame is a is the remains of a Roman Settlement, but it has a very interesting history both before & after that period.  It is about mid way between Preston & Clitheroe.

 

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           The River Ribble At Ribchester                                                  A Helmet And Chain Mail Armour

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Ribchester is located right on the River Ribble, in fact the village has been physically altered over   time by erosion caused by the river.  Flooding has caused major problems in the past.  The effects  of the river on the town have assisted in the recovery of artifacts from many periods.   Artifacts have   been found which indicate settlement as far back as the Bronze Age.  The Roman Fort was built to  accommodate a cavalry force of some 500 men plus horses.  It was situated on a major junction of  a North - South route between what is now Lancaster & Manchester and the East - West route from Preston.  The museum in Ribchester has a very interesting display of the artifacts found in and around the village.  The day I was there the chap running the shop gave me a very interesting talk on the history & buildings.

In more recent times (18th century) the town has a history of a home based weaving industry.  The houses in the centre of the village show upper (3rd story) and lower (cellar) rooms used for this purpose.

 

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                         The White Bull Hotel                                                                         Cottages in Ribchester  

There is a church, St. Wilfred's, which is interesting, but architecturally confused.    Whilst a church on the site can be traced back many more years, the present parish church was not built until the 13th century or later.  It has been altered, added to and rebuilt at so many times, it's current shape has been described in a gazette of 1844, to be "an irregular pile of stones".

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St. Wilfred's "Irregular Pile Of Stones"