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All Hallows Well (Sacred Well) — Miscellaneous

It is alleged that, in 1654, a stone tablet was recovered from All Hallows Well close to the River Blakewater in the centre of Blackburn, commemorating the dedication of a temple to the Helleno-Egyptian deity Serapis by Claudius Hieronymus, legate of the Legio VI Victrix.

I've heard it likely that the Roman religious activity suggests that this site was sacred in the prehistoric period. Its dedication to "All Hallows" might also suggest this.

Sadly, nothing remains at present bar a commemorative plaque nearby describing the 1654 discovery.

Jeppe Knave Grave (Cairn(s)) — Folklore

Folk traditions about this site ascribe it as the grave of a character called Jeppe, who was an outlaw in the 11th or 12th century. This Jeppe and his band at some stage were waylaid and Jeppe was slain. As none of the local parishes would want to fork out for a decent burial for the knave, his cadaver was taken to the point where the parishes of Pendleton, Wiswell and Sabden meet and interred there. However, it appears the point where the parishes meet is actually some way away at the summit of Wiswell Moor, so Jeppe was deposited in a prehistoric monument on the side of the fell.
Other traditions claim that Jeppe was a murdered pauper, though the same economical reasons for his odd burial spot are cited.
An interesting note is that, in 1969, an axe dating from the Bronze Age was discovered in Pendleton. The object is now on display at Clitheroe Museum.

Jeppe Knave Grave (Cairn(s)) — Links

Jeppe Knave Grave

The Archaeological Data Service page on the site.

Revidge (Round Barrow(s)) — Miscellaneous

The tumulus was excavated in 1879, during which an urn was discovered containing a cremation.

Anglezarke Misc 9 (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Miscellaneous

Perhaps good dendrochronological dating evidence could be gleaned from the 'bog oak'? It would be interesting indeed, especially considering the definite Neolitihic/Bronze Age activity in this area.

Pleasington Cemetery (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Links


Brief overview of geophysical & topographical surveys of the BA cremation cemetery.

Pikestones (Chambered Cairn) — Miscellaneous

Pikestones is one of the Severn-Cotswold type chambered cairns. Could it be the most northerly example of such?

Standing Stones Hill (Ring Cairn) — Miscellaneous

If I remember from reading about this site in the past, it is an apparently undisturbed barrow with a stone circle around it. I hope to visit the site with my digicam soon, as it sounds a most interesting antiquity.

Pleasington Cemetery (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Miscellaneous

In 1995, a Bronze Age urned cremation was discovered whilst excavating a new grave in the modern cemetery (created after the destruction of Pleasington New Hall in the 1950's). In walking near to the area, I saw what could possibly be a standing stone, some 200 metres north east of the cemetary. There is considerable undulation of the ground surface in and around the cemetary, maybe suggesting barrows? Much of the surrounding area is on a natural sandbank created by the western shore of the post-glacial 'Lake Accrington'.
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