The Limersgate Pamphlet

The latest explorations from our artist-in-residency, David Chatton Barker…

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Limersgate as featured on map within the book The Roof of Lancashire by Herbert C. Collins.

Limersgate

Limersgate is an ancient highway pre-dating medieval time, running between Rochdale and Clitheroe, it may have receieved its name in either of two ways. It marks the boundary of the forest of Rossendale where hunting took place in medieval times. Hunting dogs were known as ‘limers’ from the Latin – Ligamen – leash.

The more popular belief is that it received its name from the transportation of lime from Clitheroe by Galloway ponies. The teams were led by ‘lime gals’, the most famous of these in the Rochdale area being Mary Alice Hartley known popularly as Ailse O’Fussers. The highway entered Rochdale at the present day Heights Lane.

I walked from Bull Brow in Rochdale centre to Hades Hill, above Shawforth. From the birthplace of the Co-operative movement to a Prehistoric Barrow, the contents of which was an urn containing the burnt bone fragments of a woman along with her tools and talismans. The trackway passes many interesting sites, joining the dots of a well worn route by foot and hoof over many many centuries.

The walk was around 6 miles in length and took 5 hours due to conversations, documentation and lunch. The journey was photographed, filmed and audio recorded.
The following contains photographs and short musings and observations.

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Watch David’s film of his journey:

These are the notes David left with the horseshoes:Limers Cards

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  1. Absolutely fascinating. I walk and cycle this root regularly. In fact, we still find spent bullets round the back of Brown Wardle!

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  2. A superb pictorial record, thank you. It is a fascinating route and well worth recording.
    There is a large stone, the Adam Green Stone, near the Lobden junction. Who was Adam green, anyone know anything about him?
    There is an excellent description of the complete route in “Pack Horse Trails in & Around Rochdale” by Les Hardman, that is available in Touchstones Local history Library, Rochdale.
    I wonder if MPA have any plans to continue this project for the whole route?

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  3. Spodden Valley revealed have brought in what is thought to be Mary Heartly’s sack I am curios to find out more. Some people really WERE mean to Mary!

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