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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. Read more

April 2016: Friends of Radcliffe Manor established

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 Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

April 2015: Dig Greater Manchester: Radcliffe flagship

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 v.nash@salford.ac.uk Read more

April 2015: More work on the park link

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 Read more

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. Read more

August 2014: Further archaeological investigation

Following the finding of medieval remains at the end of the 2013 dig, Salford University archaeologists are to return on the 28th August for a further two week dig. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Centre-for-Applied-Archaeology-University-of-Salford/171863342870145 Read more

July 2014: Tours of the medieval site begin

There’s a new attraction for this year’s Party in the Park at Close Park, with volunteers from the heritage project leading tours to the Tower. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Friends-of-Close-Park/227509157328550 Read more

November 2013: Site fencing starts

Work has started on making the Tower site secure by the erection of a paladin fence around it. The Tower is a scheduled ancient monument and the Council is expected to protect it from damage. Read more

September 2013: Work starts

On 16th September work started on a six week, £36,000 scheme to remove the former tip haul road, remove a bridge over Bealey’s goit and provide a new entrance to the goit. Read more

July 2013: Project funding confirmation

In July 2013 Bury Council received confirmation of an award of £266,900 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to Radcliffe Heritage Project for ‘excavating, enhancing and interpreting Radcliffe’s medieval core and to engage the local community with this heritage.’ Read more