Introduction – Under Construction…
This post will briefly cover the historical background to the area, (including the Forest of Rossendale) to better understand the context of the many archaeological sites in and around Scout Moor.
There are some exciting newly discovered sites to reveal. As in the case of the adjacent Rooley Moor, the area has never had a thorough archaeological survey, perhaps that is an understatement.
See for Yourself (from the comfort of your browser)
Select one of the links below to see sites of Farmsteads Fecit Lane and Coal Road: (centered on SD 81852 17717).
To the North of these on Higher Hill (This site is not on any OS maps as far as I know).
The feature is best viewed with Microsoft Bing Maps birds eye view.
See the sites in Fecit Lane and Coal Rd. as they were in 1851 (surveyed 1844 to 1848) on and old OS map of Lancashire LXXX.
Wind farm road cuts ancient ditch called Man Road Ditch, of unknown date or purpose.
Before the wind farm
Medieval and other documentation for this area
The extensive body of medieval documentation for the area has been largely ignored by archaeological surveys of the area. This has been covered here.
Some of the sites archaeological surveys of the adjacent areas have missed include:
- A ruined medieval manor house (Naden Head) complete with earthworks and early wall
- Several prehistoric burial sites, including a prominent site on Hunger Hill (see the picture at the beginning of this blog.)
- Prehistoric Fields on Rooley Moor
- Several early farmsteads, such as Birchen Holts
There was a vaccary (medieval cattle ranch) somewhere in Cowpe, location not yet verified.
Scout Moor lies mostly in what was the NW of Spotland, a township in the parish of Rochdale, and in what was Bury Parish.
These are the historical areas (which were all in Lancashire), modern boundaries are very different; with the area now divided between Greater Manchester and Lancashire (Rossendale district).
Lancashire Forests and the Forest of Rossendale
Newbiggin – History of the Forrest of Rossendale
Medieval Forests – The Lancashire Antiquarian
Lancashire’s Mario map site
Microsoft Bing maps
HER (Historic Environment Record)
Greater Manchester HER
Forum on Information Standards in Heritage (FISH) Thesauri