Rooms with a view

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FOLLOWING my musings a month ago about Jeffrey Hill, how it got its name, etc., I received a pleasant letter from Mr Jeremy Morgan of Cardwell House, Jeffrey Hill.

Mr Morgan enclosed two old postcards showing the old track roads to the top of the hill before the proper roads were built - I am reproducing these two postcards today.

Mr Morgan writes: "Like many other local historians I am also puzzled by the name. One of the postcards spelled the hill "Jeffry" without the "e" and the later postcard from the early 1890s spelled it "Jeffrey" with the "e" - strange don't you think!"

He adds: "When I was a teenager Cardwell House was a cafe and I can remember my parents taking me for afternoon tea and some homemade ice cream.

"As a boy I looked out on a view that once seen is never forgotten.

"Back in 1998 Cardwell House came on the market for sale and I managed to buy it.

"After nine years hard work we have almost completed the transformation in restoring the property and grounds, of which we are very proud."

* My thanks to Mr Morgan for his kindness in contacting me with these old photos.

It is my intention over the summer evenings of the next few months (weather permitting) to do a bit of walking in the area where the Roman Road supposedly was in the area.

I am aware of some of the literature on this subject, and have a copy of the book 'Walking Roman Roads' by ex-Blackburn St Mary's College head teacher Philip Graystone, which will be one of my guides, but if anyone has any other books or leaflets showing the route - and parts of it which are accessible to the public - please contact me at Anthony.Coppin@lep.co.uk