EMMOTT HALL

  From the Burnley Express and News, June 17th 1939.
 
 
 
 
The death of Mrs. Green-Emmott has revived interest in Emmott Hall and its surroundings, which are rich in historic associations.  In the "Annals of Colne", the late Mr. James Carr wrote that "The Great King", Atheletan, one of the bravest of Saxon Kings, himself confirmed a treaty of peace between the Welsh, Scots and Northumbrians, at a place called Eamot on the fourth before the Ides of July, A.D. 926. Where Eamot was situated the chroniclers do not say, but another writer says it can scarcely be doubted that it is Eanott, near Colne.  "Eamot", he says, "is derived from  "Ea-water"and "Muutmouth", indicating 'the mouth of the water'.  Dr. Whitaker, the historian, states the Emmott name is not modern, but genenlogists have been unable to trace its origin.  Emmott Hall  was in the possession of Robert de Emot even as early as 1310.

A portion of the hall  is of that period, while the present frontage bears the letters C. J. S., 1737.  The hall is of the Georgian style of architecture, and an old fircplace inside the hall is of the 16th century.  In the grounds near the hall stands the Emmott Cross, of ths style of early English Gothic.  It is thought that it probably stood et one time on the old road from Colne to Wycollar,  but it is now enclosed in Emmott Hall grounds.  Various opinions are given as to its uses. Some think that it was for the purpose of observing various religious rites by pilgrims passing on their way from Whalley and Colne into Yorkshire.  This is highly improbable, because the present road over the Harders Inn is a modern one, and the old high road did not pass Emmott Hall, but led from Colne to Winewall, through Wycollar Valley until it reached Hill Cross on the Moor.

The most interesting object in the grounds is the Holy Well or Saints' Well.  It is 18 feet long, 16 feet wide, and nine feet deep, with 14 steps leading to the  bottom.  It is now used as a wishing well, the water being as clear as crystal.


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