In December we are now able to clarify why and when the first Wainman’s Pinnacle was built. We have had to await West Yorkshire Archive Service permission to publish an excerpt from a letter from R B Wainman of Carrhead to R Townley Parker at Naples, regarding manorial rights of Stothill, dated 28 Oct 1830. WYB671/2/5/10[B5/10] Records collected by Cononley Local History Association.
In it RB Wainman writes on page 3: ‘As to the Pikes which you were good enough to accede to my building as an object from Carhead I shall be happy to give you an acknowledgement for such liberty…’
Wainman clearly built the Pinnacle or Pikes, in about 1830 as something to look at from his house. Carr Head was his home at the time. It is a large house, still in private ownership, in the valley below the pinnacle. At that time Townley Parker owned the land it was built on.
This pinnacle was later damaged by lightening. The present second pinnacle was built by local men near the end of the 19th century.
There have been many reasons and times proposed for the original building, which feature in books and on websites, including our own. These can now be discounted due to this written evidence.
We also, in December, added to our knowledge of old tracks, used in the parish before the advent of the motor car. (Separate article to be published)
We were also pleased to take part in decorating St Andrew’s Methodist Church for its Christmas festivities. Similar to other chapel users (our meeting venue) we added a small decorated Christmas tree to the decorations for services and events.
January’s meeting will concentrate on planning our programme for 2018. We wish you all a happy 2018.