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Ribble Valley hall welcomes the Garnett family

Will Garnett, John Oddie and Jenny Horne, the granddaughter of Tom Garnett, the last owner of the hall.
Will Garnett, John Oddie and Jenny Horne, the granddaughter of Tom Garnett, the last owner of the hall.
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A total of 30 Garnett family members from as far afield as Australia gathered for two days of family heritage at Waddow Hall, their ancestral home.

A gala meal was attended by civic dignitaries during which a number of presentations were made.

The display at Waddow Hall.

The display at Waddow Hall.

Will Garnett, who organised the event with Waddow Heritage Group, presented a meat cleaver made to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria to John Oddie, of Clitheroe.

Ribble Valley Mayor Coun. Richard Bennett presented a ceremonial spade to Clitheroe Mayor Coun. Maureen Fenton, who received it on behalf of the Clitheroe Civic Society.

The family reunion, which took place over two days, was supported by the National Heritage Lottery and marked the end of months of work transcribing the diaries of James Garnett between 1865 and 1880.

A total of 2,000 A4 pages and more than a million words written by James Garnett have been successfully transcribed giving a unique view into the life of this prominent Clitheroe mill owner.

Some of the old photographs and literature on display at Waddow Hall as part of the reunion.

Some of the old photographs and literature on display at Waddow Hall as part of the reunion.

The family spent their time exploring sites in the area; enjoying a presentation by their cousins (the Garnett Johnsons), who learned the cotton trade at the Low Moor mill before going to Russian to build cotton mills for the Tsar; and listening to an illuminating lecture by Dr Alan Cosby (nationally renowned local historian) on “Voices from the past: diaries and local history in North West England”.

The family were very impressed with the welcome they received not only from the Waddow staff, but at the different sites they visited during their reunion.