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EPIP industrial heritage programme

Bank Lane Heritage Bridleways Project 

During the summer term of 2011 the Industrial Heritage programme funded a programme of work with pupils at Denby First School. The aim of the project was to help the children to explore the industrial heritage of their local area, focussing on Bank Lane; an atmospheric packhorse route that runs between Upper Denby and Denby Dale. Local historian John Hislop organised a range of activites to encourage the children to think about the history of the lane and the people that might have used it in the past; as an important route for transporting goods in and out of the village, a commuter route for the many people who worked inthemills at Denby Dale, and (in more recent times) as a place of leisure .


Bank Lane during the survey (photographs by T Roberts)

The children worked with community archaeologist Dave Weldrake to investigate how the route was originally built. They also worked with well-known story teller Hugh Lupton who helped them to explore the stories of the people who were involved with the industrialisation of the area as the new packhorse routes were developed and the local landscapes began to change during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The children were taken on guided tours around around the village and drew some of the historic buildings they saw, as well as producing drawings of miners and pack horses to put on a new village map.


Bank Lane Pack-horse Ponies (drawn by pupils from Denby First School)

The project culminated in a public storytelling event and exhibition of the children's work at Denby Church. A colourful new heritage board, including a map of the village based on the childrens drawings, was also unveiled at Denby First School on the 4th of May 2012 (see photograph below). 


Bank Lane Miner (drawn by pupils from Denby First School) and project leader John Hislop with the finished heritage board (photograph by Steve Robinson)



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