Sunday 6 November 2011: Glimpses of Gawthorpe
Jake's U9 Burnley Team had a home game to Bradford City. It was a tense game, fabulous passing throughout by both teams. We were the stronger team but just could not finish and unfortunately our weakness at the back allowed 3 goals in. Final score 3-3
Burnley Youth Development train and play at Gawthorpe Hall an imposing Elizabethan House dating back to the 1600's. It is currently owned by the national Trust. Gawthorpe began as a pele tower, a strong square structure built in the fourteenth century as a defence against the invading Scots. The Elizabethan lodge was dovetailed around the pele. The house was redesigned in 1850 by Sir Charles Barry, who honed his skills at Gawthorpe before going on to design the Houses of Parliament. The hall also figures in the history of English literature because Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) was a family friend of the Shuttleworths and spent some time at Gawthorpe...more history at the above link to Wikipedia. This is Gawthorpe Hall seen across the River Calder on our walk back to the changing rooms.