The Friends of Towneley Park held the first preliminary meeting of their History Group in the Lecture Theatre at Towneley Hall today. It was well attended despite the snowy conditions. If you missed out because of the snow you can still take part by contacting the group through their website at www.fotp.btck.co.uk.
Topics suggested for research included the golf course,the walled garden now the home of Offshoots and the old greyhound stadium and Towneley School site. One particular suggestion was the history of the Smallholdings. The Smallholdings in the 1940s have best been described by the writer Jessica Lofthouse as “A dismal mile of hen-pens, empty hen-cabins and grey box houses ” but it was home to around twenty families from around 1910 until the 1970s.
The next public activity will be the main launch event on Saturday April 13th 1.30 – 4.30pm at Towneley Hall but in meanwhile you will be able to follow a regular blow by blow account of the group’s progress via this blog.