War near the Haworth

The sound of gunfire?

The Haworth was known as Hollins Hill when it was built as a home. The house and also Hollins School take their names from Hollins Hall which stood about 1/4 mile away. This was the home of one branch of the Cunliffe family whose head was Christopher Cunliffe. He was one of 4 Captains of the Parliamentary forces in East Lancashire  in during the Civil War.

 

Ship Room
Similar ‘Ship’ room from Mitton Hall

Attack

The approach to Hollins Hall was known as ‘The Barricades’ but this did not prevent an attack & severe fire damage to the ‘Ship’ room by a visit of Prince Rupert’s cavalry on their way to Marston Moor (a Royalist defeat). The Cunliffe’s then switched their main seat to Wycoller Hall near Colne; gained by marriage. Look for Wycoller Avenue off Hollins Lane, for the site of Hollins Hall.

Roger

Bats about bats!

Did you know that lots of bats live in the grounds of the Haworth Art Gallery and Stables?…………..

What are bats? (Not the cricket kind) 

Ever seen a shape at tree-top level fly past at dusk?  It could be a bird going back to it’s nest…… Or it could be a bat.  Video: bats leaving cave

Flying mammals

Bats are the only mammals that can really fly and British bats hunt insects at both dawn and dusk. One bat can eat 3000 insects in a night’s hunting. Bats live in houses & trees as well as caves.

Bat detectors

With the help of a bat detector, (as seen in the picture above), you can identify if it’s a bat and often which of the 18 different species found in Britain. Bats hunt by sending out sound waves most people can’t hear. The detector makes the sounds into a range we can hear. Simple ones are around £50.

When to see bats

Bats hibernate in winter when fewer insects are flying. Some birds are also fewer in winter but they feed all year round.

Roger

The delights of the park

It’s not just the building that deserves attention. There’s a wide range of trees and the flowers change throughout the year.  Don’t forget our rose garden!

A Ranger is a guide to identifying the flora of the park and can also set tasks for the kids such as map reading or for the smaller kids, a squirrel hunt.  How about a fungi hunt next September?  There’s also lots of birds, but at night, bats feed on the insect life.  A Ranger with a bat detector helps you spot & listen to the bats.

There is also an exercise route through the park designed to test your fitness.  So don’t just visit the house, look around the parkland.

Roger