Roman around Ribchester

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VILLAGE historians in Ribchester aren't resting on their laurels this summer - they're busy researching the area's past.

Last Saturday saw members of Ribchester Local History Society and their friends taking part in a canal barge trip along the historic Lancaster canal from Olde Duncombe House, Bilsborrow.

Next Wednesday (July 16) at 7pm, the curator of the Roman Museum at Ribchester, Patrick Tostevan, will lead an hour-and-a -half walk around the village, pointing out the site of the Roman Fort, its boundaries, and the sites of other important buildings.

The Roman Ramble will finish at the Ribchester Arms for refreshments.

Ribchester, which has one of the district's many active local history societies, holds its annual meeting on Wednesday, July 23 at 8pm at the Ribchester Arms.

Before the meeting a demonstration of Lancashire Clog Dancing has been arranged.

Looking a bit further ahead to Sunday, August 17, keen village historian Colin Hinkley will lead a four to five mile walk exploring the area's Roman Roads.

The walk, which starts at the Ribchester Arms at 1pm and will take about two to three hours, follows the success of another Roman "roam" last summer.

This time Colin and his fellow enthusiasts will cover the last three miles of the Roman road from Manchester - from top of Ramsgreave to Ribchester, finishing at the White Bull for refreshments.

(Note: due to the nature of this walk it may not be suitable for all. If in doubt contact a committee member).

l Next week: a focus on one of Chipping's best known buildings.