On the 9th September 2016 the Mayor of Bury, Cllr Mike Connolly cut the ribbon to formally open the Radcliffe Manor heritage trail. He also took the opportunity to thank representatives of the Heritage Lottery Fund for its support in making the project possible.
Members of the Project Steering Group have set up a Friends group to organise future events and to continue the research and improvement of the site.
They have set up a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Radcliffe-Manor-1717071091897767/?fref=ts
On 23rd April a number of volunteers who had helped with the archaeological digs or the research for the project were invited to a preview of Radcliffe Manor Heritage Trail. Although the site hadn’t yet grassed over, the sun shone and the information panels looked good. The visit included the dedication of a bench in memory of Brian Grimsditch, who led the early stages of the project’s archaeological investigation.
Work has begun on an 11 week project to landscape and interpret the site. The work, carried our by Groundwork Landscapes, will tidy up the site and lay out the footprints of the buildings that once stood near the Tower. It will also include the construction of a new link path to Close Park to create a circular route from the park, past the Tower and back through St Mary’s churchyard.
We’re currently aiming to complete the project in late 2015, but the site will be open to the public on National Heritage Open Days weekend (12th Sept). By then we will have carried out landscape improvements to the Tower site and created a link from Close Park.
Tours will start the entrance to Close Park at 11 a.m, 12 noon, 1 p.m and 2 p.m.
Following the archaeological digs in November 2013 and 2014, Salford University, under the Dig Greater Manchester Programme, is to carry out further archaeological investigations of the medieval remains on the Tower Street side of the site. The dig will start on 13th April and anyone wishing to volunteer as a digger should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On 13th April Bury Volunteer Rangers will be back to do more woodland management on the link between Close Park and the Tower site. To join in, for further details ring 0161 253 6923 or email BVRS2013@outlook.com
Work began on 2nd March on the consolidation and re-pointing of the remains of the de Radclyffe’s pele tower. The £64,000 job will take three months and is being carried out by Bullen Conservation, with design and supervision by Manchester firm of architects, Lloyd Evans Prichard.
Bury Volunteer Rangers are to carry out two days of woodland management and vegetation clearance on the proposed link between Close Park and the Tower.
WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd), a landfill credits distribution company has offered £54,000 towards the costs of repairing the Tower.