Bowdon: from Saxon Church to Victorian Suburb

I was recently asked to write a preface for a new landscape study of the south Manchester suburb of Bowdon. Since Bowdon was the place of my childhood and education I naturally said yes. The volume, when it appears, will be a multi-disciplinary work on the geology, archaeology and historical development of the area by…

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Saving Lancashire’s Archaeology: the Lights Flicker but Don’t Go Out

On the 31st March 2016 the Lancashire County archaeological planning  advisory service closed. As Lancashire was the first local authority to appoint a county archaeologist, way back in 1963, this is a heart-wrenching moment, which may act as signal to other lcoal authorities that they too can ditch this kind of heritage planning advisory service…   …However, Joanne Smith…