Forget Dr Who’s time-travelling Tardis – the Forest of Bowland has its own new device for going back in time.
A new mobile app being launched in Chipping this Sunday will enable users to step back centuries to view the Bowland landscape as it was 600 years ago.
The free digital device has been produced by the A Leap in the Park project, which is Heritage Lottery funded and run by the Forest of Bowland AONB and local history enthusiasts.
Using an audio guide and an interactive map, the app will lead you around the medieval deer park boundary and show how the area used to look, using a mixture of illustrations, photographs and historic documents.
There are also two deer park walks, one at Leagram, near Chipping, and the other at Radholme, near Whitewell.
Both parks were once part of the Royal Forest of Bowland and they were patrolled by park keepers and their staff, who were intent on keeping the valuable fallow deer in and the poachers out.
Over time the parks fell out of use, but their history can still be read in the local landscape today. It is possible to discern remnants of the park boundary, or “pale”, and identify place names such as Park Gate and Pale Farm.
The project is also creating a new website about the deer parks and information boards which will be available in the new year.
The new materials will be on show at a project open day at St Mary’s church hall, Chipping, on Sunday between 11am and 3pm.
There will be chance to view the original reconstruction illustrations created for the project and to meet the artist, Jennie Anderson.
People will also be able to view some watercolour paintings of the Leagram estate on temporary loan from Preston’s Harris Art Gallery. These were painted by John Weld in the 1840s.
Outside, in the community garden, volunteers will be building a section of deer park boundary, called a pale, using medieval fencing techniques researched by the project.
The open day is free and all visitors are welcome, say the organisers.
For more details contact Cathy Hopley at the AONB 01200 448000 or cathy.hopley @lancashire.gov.uk
The website can be viewed at www.forestofbowland.com/aleapinthepark and you can also download the app from the website.