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 Post subject: Peek into The Past
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:16 am 
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Place names give a picture of Burnley’s history

http://www.pendletoday.co.uk/news/opini ... -1-4835474

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 Post subject: Re: Peek into The Past
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:36 pm 

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St Peter's Church Burnley has a sundial "constructed" by Mr Whyman of Gawthorp. dated 1791. I know that there was a stone quarry near Gawthorpe Hall which may have produced the stone for this sundial. The word "constructed" may mean "manufactured" or "designed". Which brings me to the question... Was Mr Whyman from Gawthorp Padiham or Gawthorpe Yorkshire? Any ideas.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:27 am 
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I'll have a look on the newspaper archive at the weekend to see if there is a write up about it.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:45 am 
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While I cannot find an exact reference to the sundial and its origins, I have found mention of the Whyman name in the Announcements columns of the 1830's. The two references I found said 'of Gawthorp Hall'.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:34 pm 

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Thank you Mel. Designing a sundial to display a reasonably accurate time is far more complicated than one would first imagine. Although I suspect a hour here or there didn't matter too much for St Peter's late arrivals. I will follow up your lead. Thanks again.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:09 pm 

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A quick follow up. Thomas Whyman was steward to Robert Shuttleworth (1743-1816) of Barton and Gawthorpe. He also rented land from Gawthorpe during this period. Robert Shuttleworth also had family links back into Yorkshire. Round and round we go. I think I will leave it at this point.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:56 am 
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The fun about this family history stuff is that the further you go round in circles, the more chance you have of disappearing up your own ???? :wink:

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:36 pm 

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:lol: Yes you are so right Gloria, know any therapists who can reset us?


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 Post subject: Re: Peek into The Past
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:01 pm 

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I don't think that "Peek into the Past" means an examination of parts of the anatomy as a means of searching family history. Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) the satirist author covered this point in "Gulliver's Travels" in the section "Laputa" where scientist could determine peoples thoughts from their waste matter. (not many people know that!)


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:35 pm 

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:roll: Ooh! You can find out a lot on this website :shock:


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