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September 2016: The official opening

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.

April 2016: Trialing the Trail

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.

September 2015: Landscaping work starts

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.

September 2015: Heritage open days

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.

March 2015: Tower repairs begin

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.