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Help us search out the hidden history of Centre Vale Park

Friends of Centre Vale Park inspect Carr Laithe arches. Pictured from the left are Heather Wilson, Sarah Pennie, Philip Marshall and Stella Peterson

Friends of Centre Vale Park inspect Carr Laithe arches. Pictured from the left are Heather Wilson, Sarah Pennie, Philip Marshall and Stella Peterson

For the first time some of the hidden history of Centre Vale is to be researched and partly uncovered, to help us understand a little more of Todmorden’s past.

The Friends of Centre Vale Park are asking for volunteers to help them as they build up the story behind the existence of two farms, Carr Laith and Platts House.

These farms used to stand on the hillside behind the present park, in an area now covered by trees.

Both were demolished in the early 20th century.

“Almost nothing of the farms now remains,” said Stella Peterson, chairperson of the Friends.

“We will use internet resources to gather information on the farms and the people who lived there, but we will also uncover some of the features that still exist on the hillside.”

The Friends are asking people to come forward to help with the project and set up a group of Centre Vale History Volunteers.

The group will have two roles – one is for online and other research into archival materials, both written and photographic.

The other role is for people willing to join working parties in the park.

Both tasks will be equally important and will work together to uncover the history of the farms.

The project starts with a programme of work for the spring and summer.

This will uncover old pathways and clear mud and vegetation that now hide the path edging stones, steps, walls and wells.

The Friends are applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund to help them with funding for the project work.

“The evidence on the ground is quickly disappearing.

“Soon there will be nothing left to tell the story of Centre Vale before it became a public park.

“We aim to catch and record that evidence before the farms and the people who lived there are completely forgotten,” said Stella.

Anyone who would like to be a History Volunteer or who just wants to know a bit more about the work involved can contact Stella.

A first meeting to discuss the project and how people can help will then be arranged.

Anyone interested can contact Stella Peterson by email - stella.peterson@hotmail.co.uk

 

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