Hedgehog

For the first time in many years, we have a hedgehog in the garden. Numbers have been in free fall for a long time now

Whether this is because the lawns are currently 6 to 12 inches high, in line with the new wildlife style of gardening (and the mower being in the menders!) or another reason, I am not quite sure.

Either way, it’s great to see!

Tweet from Andy Marshall (@fotofacade), at 11 Jun, 16:47

I’ve got that silly Friday feeling 😜. Quick walk through the gorgeous timbers of Pendle Heritage Centre’s vernaculartastic cruck barn in the beautiful must see destination of Barrowford, Lancs. #htnwphoto https://t.co/1JKeln7Y1A https://twitter.com/fotofacade/status/1403378359615332362

Pigstone Walls adjacent Cribden Hill

Cribden Hill, Rossendale, lies between Haslingden and Rawtenstall rising up quite steeply to over 400 metres. Most of the moorland fields are enclosed by drystone walls made of small flat pieces of Rossendale Flag, a Carboniferous sandstone. They can be beautifully constructed.

However, there are one or two boundaries on the Haslingden side of the hill made of large cut flags set on end, sometimes called pigstones.

It must have taken considerable effort to cut these large flags and bring them up the slopes of the hill and one wonders why they were sometimes chosen over drystone walls. Perhaps when a Georgian farmer needed to subdivide an existing field very quickly, this was the way to do it.

The walls pre-date the 1840s six inch OS maps but they have iron fittings which suggest they are late 1700s or early 1800s in date.