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Goosebutts Footpath

This is the footpath that stems from the centre of Tottleworth Village at the foot of the hill, and leads in a Westerly direction in to Rishton, eventually adjoining Spring Street. It is referred to locally as Goosebutts, but can be found on ordnance survey maps as Moor Lane.

It was originally part of a path that began on High Street, and followed the route of Spring Street, this was of course before Spring Street was a Street and was known as Billy Lane. The name Goosebutts was shortened from Gooseybutts. The allotments at the end of Cliff Street are still known as Gooseybutts allotments. Geese were kept on the area known as sands, hence the local name.

Tottleworth End

At its junction with Bridge Street and Spring Street the path veered off in 2 directions. One I have already mentioned, the other took the walker to Harwood Road, round a bout were the junction is for Lord Street, just before you get to Spaw brook. The path went straight up, to roughly were Cliff Street is now, before shooting off at an angle of 45 degrees to finish at Lord Street.

Lamp Columns—Bridge Street to Tottleworth. It was decided on the 11th October 1951, to leave six columns in position for the time being.

The roads for pack animals from Tottleworth are, in the main still in existence today. For many years the ancient paving stones were visible along the length of Tottleworth road, particularly round the bottom of the hill where the road joins this one, and at the summit to the hill, by Manor House Farm, there still exists the pack animal paving on the elbow.

This track, from Spring Street, is narrow, and it is obvious that travellers on foot, or horse, and packhorses made this road, and it was never intended for carts. In some places the trees meet overhead, and high banks are covered with Hawthorn bushes, branches or rough grass.

On the page I have included a couple of Photos which I took over Christmas 2000…..

Goosebutts

References

Rishton Parish Church Jubilee 1927 by Carlton Noble.