Hi Ray...I would agree with that. There seems to be a little confusion over the Broadbank `Camp` and the name Burwains, which is quite a way away from Burwains farm itself.
I used to visit Burwains farm quite often up until a couple of years ago when my friend Malc Brynes was living there. Apparently the owner Keith Walton, who has owned the farm for over 20 years said that there had never in his time been a mound of any description on his land. I think that you will find the last photograph behind the house is infact the old quarry.
What is quite interesting is that apparently the guy who built the original house in the 1100s, was a prominent and powerful local figure
that allegedly, or according to the present owner, owned all of what is now Briercliffe and was thus once named Briercliffe House or Hall after its inhabitants the Briercliffes. A couple of hundred yards on is Foulds House which is home to the famous Quaker burial site, now home of Mr Schmitgen. To throw a spanner in the works, maybe its possible that Foulds was part of the `Burwains` estate and that the Foulds house area has maybe always been a sacred burial site in some form or another throughout time, and could possibly have held the burwain or mound somewhere in its grounds.
Another thing to bear in mind I think when tying in other prehistoric sites to this area of Burwains, is that the clough or brook lying inbetween the two houses leads not only down towards Ringstone hill but also the promontory `fort` that has recently been discovered by English Heritage that lies just upstream of the ford at Catlow Bottoms. It is highly possible that at one time a track lay by this area, one that connected Burwains farm with the original Catlow pack horse bridge. From the bottom of the brook that meets Catlow Brook water and just below Ringstone Hill lies this original pack horse bridge, this crossing point probably goes back to the Bronze/ Iron Age. (The bridge further downstream is often percieved to be THE packhorse bridge used by the Romans to get to Castercliffe which is very possible, but the crossing point predating this, the one that lead ultimately towards Ringstone Hill, Waltons (Spire) and `Burwains` Camp via the ridge above. Recent local investigations have revealed that the bridge at the bottom of Burwains is indeed the original one.
This ties up the four ridges from Finsley Gate through Towneley Hall, up to the first ancient ridgeway at the gateway into Worsthorne from Brunshaw Rd through to Worsthorne, Swinden, Extwistle and Monk Hall areas via Extwistle road which is the road from Worsthorne (the second ridge). (This road was re routed hundreds of years ago at Shay lane to its present location near Monkhall veering left then S-bending down towards Roggerham Gate and Hag Gate, thus on to the Sun Inn at the top of Harle Syke). This would at one time have continued down towards Bosdane farm over Thursden brook up towards Inghams farm, then met up with what is now Blackhouse lane and across Halifax road on the third ridgeway, then down Burwains lane between the two farms Foulds and Burwains, crossed the original ancient Catlow bridge at the Holme at Pathole beck and Catlow waters, turning right up the track towards Ringstones Hill, which would and still does lead to the ancient four lane crossing point between the top of Crawshaw lane a few yards up, which lies beside the original 12th century Catlow quarry, then past Ringstone Hill itself and Delves lane where lies the even more ancient Waltons monolith. Just around the corner lies the connection with Burwains farm, none other than Burwains camp, all these now linked by a prehistoric road system that is probably many thousands of years old. At various times in our history this ridgeway track could have connected religious tribes, trade routes, Roman legions and who knows, maybe the many and varied armies that could quite possibly have converged to fight the mighty battle of Brunanburh on our very skyline.
This of course is only an opinion but certainly one that is possible based on our recent new evidence.
Away from the subject slightly. Keith Walton the present owner of Burwains farm told me a story a few years ago. Keith sails his yacht from the Americas every year for two or three months as part of some tax avoidance. One particular year they decided to stop off at a far away island somewhere in the Caribbean. After stopping for a few days they came across this old house that looked similar to their own back home at Burwains only to find that it bore the same name. I cant imagine the amount of surprise they felt when after doing a spot of research, he was told that it was the same guy that that once resided at the present Burwains and named it after his birthplace. Absolutely true I can assure you.
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