The photograph below shows a section of the Kate’s Pad, an ancient wooden track running higardly pigardly across Pilling moss. (Someone’s going to complain about that. Yes, we know it doesn’t really run ‘higardly pigardly’…we just said that to make it sound a bit more interesting.) There’s an extremely similar version of this photograph in ‘The History of Pilling’, but before you start doubting our word that these are ‘never before published’ slides, if you’ve got a copy of the aforementioned book, try comparing the two. Yes…this one’s been taken from an ever-so-very-slightly-different angle, hasn’t it? See…now apologise for calling us liars and we’ll say no more about it.
Several sections of the Kate’s Pad can still be seen in public, incidentally; one at the Fylde Country Life Museum in Fleetwood, one at the Harris Museum in Preston and one at Lancaster Museum in…well…Lancaster, obviously. One of these day’s we’ll get around to writing a proper article all about it for this board…but not right now.
Moving on…next up we have a palstave from Cumming Carr farm. Actually, if I wanted to be pedantic, strictly speaking this isn’t a palstave. It’s an unsocketted, flanged bronze axe head, which is remarkably similar to a palstave in many respects, but to the trained (and probably annoyingly arrogant eye) is as different as butter is to lard.
Again, we seem to recall seeing this Bronze Age implement being shown to us at the Harris Museum, accompanied by the words: “We’re not sure if this is from the Wyre or not. It was just in a box stuffed under the table.”
And finally, for now at any rate (until we can talk David Thompson into copying the rest of these photographs onto a disc for us), a collection of Neolithic polishers found at Crookabreast Farm in 1938. Polishers, basically, were similar to whetting stones, used with water and sand to grind down the faces of other stone tools. One of the polishers in the photograph below was found stuffed into the roots of an oak tree. The rest were scattered on the ground around it. God knows where they’ve got to now. They’re probably in the Preston Museum Repository, crammed beneath a stuffed owl with one glass eye hanging from its head, and labelled with the words: ‘Fossilised Dinosaur Dung from Warrington.’
We couldn’t leave this particular article, however, without including the following photograph. Yes, it has been seen before, because it appears in ‘The History of Pilling’ book itself. It shows some of the founding members of the Pilling Historic Society, excavating the Kate’s Pad at Iron House Farm, Out Rawcliffe. In fact, to be honest, it was probably the photograph being taken by Mr. Sobee on Rawcliffe Moss in the opening photograph of last week’s posting.
At the front of the group is an extremely young looking Headlie Lawrenson (looking a bit like John Mills there), our old archaeologing friend and one of the first members of Wyre Archaeology, who sadly passed away last year. We’re not sure if we’re infringing copyright by posting this one, but frankly we don’t give a stuff.