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Doctor Syntax - A Pub named after a horse that was named after a cartoon character

Doctor Syntax A Pub named after a horse that was named after a cartoon character Penwortham Holme is an area that many local people will associate with recreation, whether it be football or horticulture. However, in earlier times, there was a completely different form of entertainment happening. Penwortham Holme Pavilion The following is some history relating to Horse Racing that took place on Penwortham Holme before the new bridge, built in 1912, effectively cut the area in half. The 1912 bridge was built because the earlier bridge further upstream, built in 1759, could no longer cope with the volume of traffic. The River Ribble in this area is very different now, compared to how it was in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Some of the changes were related to the creation of Preston Docks in 1892. However, at that point there was still an island formed by a narrow water course that was once a larger channel of the River Ribble. The area Penwortham Holme gets its name fro

In Search of the Cuerdale Hoard

The Cuerdale Hoard is a collection of Viking-era silver coins and bullion that was discovered in the Cuerdale area near Preston, Lancashire, England in 1840.  Although not conclusively proven, the hoard is believed to have been buried by Vikings during one of their raids in England during the late 9th century. The Cuerdale Hoard was found by a group of workmen repairing the embankment of the river.  It was in a lead box, which shows evidence of the hoard having been parcelled into small bags or packages.  The majority of the treasure from the Cuerdale Hoard is now housed in the British Museum in London, where it is on display for the public to see.  The hoard is considered to be one of the most significant Viking discoveries ever made in the British Isles, and it provides valuable insights into the Viking culture and their trade and economic activities during this period. Whilst I have lived in the area all my life, I had no recollection of having learnt about this history in my younge