What do Capt. James Cook, L.S. Lowry and the jet engine have in common? They are all featured on the Clitheroe Town Trail, which has been launched by Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson.
The trail is a joint project between Ribble Valley Borough Council and the Clitheroe Civic Society.
The colourful 20-page brochure features 1,000 years of Clitheroe history and 34 places of interest on an hour-long circular route starting from the Yorkshire Bank building in Market Place – the childhood home of Capt. James Cook’s astronomer, Capt. James King – to the 19th Century coaching house, The Rose and Crown.
The trail takes in Church Brow, where renowned artist L.S. Lowry stayed with his niece on a number of occasions in the 1950s and ’60s, while producing several famous paintings of the town centre.
It also takes in The Swan and Royal Hotel, which features a Blue Plaque commemorating the development of Sir Frank Whittle’s jet engine that passed from Rover to Rolls-Royce following a deal sealed over a five-shilling meal.
The trail was written and researched by Alan Dixon, of the Clitheroe Civic Society, and produced by Ribble Valley Borough Council’s regeneration projects officer, Melissa Thorpe.
Melissa said: “Ribble Valley is the perfect day or weekend visitor destination and national tourism figures show that over three million people visited the borough last year.
“The trail is a fantastic document featuring hundreds of years of Clitheroe’s rich history and heritage, and we are confident it will attract more visitors to the borough.”
Clitheroe Civic Society chairman Pauline Wood added: “We are delighted to have worked with Ribble Valley Borough Council on this project and Alan and Melissa are to be congratulated for producing such an engaging document that will stand the test of time.”
The Clitheroe Town Trail is available from the Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre in Station Road, Clitheroe (01200 425566).