What a gorgeous day for being by the river, or anywhere really! We decided to spend a couple of hours in Ribchester where the sun shone and the River Ribble certainly looked at its best.
Hide and seek
The origins of St Wilfreds church can be traced back to the 7th Century. Evidence of Norman architecture in the now blocked doorway in the North wall of the nave can be seen in written records going back to the 11th century with further additions thereafter.
A delightful place to visit with many historic features
The village has a long history, with evidence of Bronze Age beginnings. It's well known as a significant Roman cavalry fort called Bremetennacum; some parts of which have been exposed by excavation. The most complete being the Roman Baths.
"It is written upon a wall in Rome; Ribchester was as rich as any town in Christendom".
In common with many towns and villages in East Lancashire its later history was dominated by cotton weaving; firstly in the form of hand loom weaving and later in two mills. Many of the stone cottages have date stones from the 17th and 18th century. .
Stone lintel above the doorway of one of the cottages
The White Bull
The White Bull pub has been serving the villagers since 1706. Good place to enjoy a pint in the beer garden, with a good range of food on offer.