We give talks at Blackden and also at other local venues.
"Up Them Fields", and What was Found There
The Riches of Blackden
Alan Garner signing books
In his talk at the Methodist Church in Holmes Chapel, Alan Garner told the audience how, in 1957, he discovered the house in Blackden that has been his home for over fifty years; and where all his books have been written.
He told stories of the people who had lived in the place before him; stories he had gleaned from documents and from objects, going back to the last ice age, that had been found in the garden; and most important, because they are so easily lost, the stories that he had been told by more recent inhabitants. Riches like this were too precious to be left to chance, he told his audience, and so he had founded The Blackden Trust: an educational charity to look after the site for the public benefit.
Alan Garner described how work for new drains in 1971 had produced charcoal and burned bone. Analysis by English Heritage' s Ancient Monuments Laboratory had confirmed that the cremation was human. Radiocarbon dating of the charcoal has since shown that the pyre was lit between 3,700 and 3,900 years ago; confirming that the cremation dates from the Early Bronze Age.
After the talk, Alan Garner signed books while the audience enjoyed home made refreshments.
The event was organised by The Friends of The Blackden Trust to launch the 2012 season of public events.
Uncovering the Story of Blackden
Tutor: Richard Morris
Examining the display of Blackden Trust activities
The Friends of The Blackden Trust organised a Local History talk by Richard Morris at the Goostrey Methodist Church.
Richard explained how the places in which we live were shaped by ice and the effects of ice melt some twelve thousand years ago. Since then Blackden has seen hunter gatherers, early farmers, and medieval lords and peasants. What they cumulatively left behind: flint tools; a Bronze Age cremation; and thousands of pieces of pottery are among the artefacts that we study today.
Richard showed how the township boundary of Blackden can be recognized at least as early as the 13th century, and used census records for evidence of population and occupations to carry the story up to the twentieth century.
Those attending the talk in Goostrey Methodist Church were fascinated to discover such a long history in their own back yard, and interested to learn how they could become involved.
For further information about past events, refer to the archive of event reports in date order.