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Wycoller is a village in the Borough of Pendle, in Lancashire, England. It is located 3 miles east of Colne, near to the junction of the Lancashire, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire borders.
The village is a conservation area, and is closed to outside traffic. It dates back to before the 10th century BC. Central to the village are the ruins of Wycoller Hall.
A variety of ancient bridges cross Wycoller Beck, including ‘Pack-Horse Bridge’, a twin arched bridge in the centre of the village, ‘Clapper Bridge’ and ‘Clam Bridge’. The latter is believed to be of neolithic origin (at least, over 1000 years old) and is listed as an ancient monument. It consists of just a long stone laid across the river. It was damaged by floods in 1989 and 1990, though has now been repaired.
WycollerHall was originally the home of the Hartleys, and passed through marriage to the Cunliffe family in the mid-1600’s. Built in 1550 by Piers Hartley, the structure was dismantled in 1818, and reused in the construction of a cotton mill, to help repay debts owed by Henry Owen-Cunliffe, the last of the original Cunliffe line to live at the hall. The ruins are reputed to be haunted by a variety of spectres.
‘Ferndean Manor’ in Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre is thought to be based on Wycoller Hall.The Brontë Way passes through here, leading to the Brontë sisters’ home in nearby Haworth.

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  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

  • katarina86
    katarina86over 4 years ago

    lovely shot

  • thank you so very much Katarina.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture…Fave!!

  • cheers mate and for the fave. x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Catherine- lovely bridge!! x

  • thank you very much dear Pauline fo you kind comments and support. Weather is beautiul and the roofers are here already.lol xx

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 4 years ago

    That is stunning, the stonework is alive.

  • many thanks Tyke for our kind comment.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Anthony Hedger Photography
    Anthony Hedger...over 4 years ago

    what a fab old bridge catherine and a great shot

  • Thank you so much Tony for your kind words.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and info Catherine

  • many thanks Barry for your kindness.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • BarbL
    BarbLover 4 years ago

    Beautiful! And such a colorful history…I love reading about it!

  • Thank you dear Barb for your kind comment so pleased you like the narrative.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 4 years ago

    lovely capture Catherine

  • thank you very much Lissy.x

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 4 years ago

    Very nice – I love the autumn tones.

  • thanks so much Charmiene for your kind comment

    – Catherine Hamilton-Veal ©

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