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In July 1889  a Bacupian by the name of Joseph Storey and his son Robert began the Little Orme's Head Limestone  Company, when they purchased the 30 years lease from Edward Fiddler. The limestone contained a number of fissures  and it was in one of these fissures in 1892 a few feet above the quarry floor,  that Robert Storey found several teeth and  bones belonging to a bear, hyena, rhinoceros and other mammals, along with  a human skull and bronze spear head  which were found higher up the fissure.  The animal bones were donated to the Liverpool Museum, whilst  the spearhead was donated to the Nat in 1893. In July  1896 Mr Lawrence Lord a partner in the firm of Hunter, Gregory and Lord of Irwell Terrace who also had some intrest  in the Little Orme Quarry donated the skeleton of a female to the Bacup Natural History Society, this was recorded in  the minute books as follows :   Blodwen our bronze age lady.  An artist impression of what Blodwen may have looked like.  Blodwen and the late museum curator Ken Simpson. All content Copyright of Bacup Natural History Society  “ 17 th July 1896, That our hearty thanks be given to Mr L Lord Esq for his gift of a human skeleton found in Little Orme Head Quarry, and  for the kind and continued interest he taked with the Society. Also we express a hope that he may be able to obtain for the Society any further  fossils or specimens of intrest which may be found there. That Mr P.J.Roberts be asked to kindly arrange the bones of the skeleton and  provide a board for the purpose at the Societys expense”.  We do not know how long Blodwen was actually on display for after she was donated in 1896, what we do know is that at some point she must  have been put away for safe keeping, possibly when the Nat was moving home during the 1930’s or 1940’s when the Nat moved to its present  day premises. She does however reappear about 1974 at which time she is photographed and her story featured in the local paper. This  photograph shows her with full facial features, however using the inventory produced when she was sent to the Palaeoecological Research  Unit, Univeristy of Manchester in 1995 we can see that at some point between 1974 and 1995 she sadly lost the front of her skull.  Unfortunately there are no committee members alive today who had care for  the skeleton then who we can ask and so this part of Blodwens  history will remain a mystery. Blodwen as she is fondly known as by todays committee & members, is a name of Welsh Origin meaning White  Flower Summary of Report by the Palaeoecological Research Unit, Univeristy of Manchester 1996 The bones are thought to be from a female, who died between the ages of 54 and 63 years. Her death occured around the years 3.510 BC.  She was approximately 5ft tall and of a fairly robust build. Degenerative arthritis of the cervical spine and right knee, and the rugged acromial ends of both her clavicles, indicate that she had led a physically arduous life. More specifically, these features suggest that she was  used to carrying heavy loads on her head and heavy weights with her arms extended by her sides. These heavy weights may have been milk or  water containers. It was possible that she was suffering from, and perhaps died of metastatic (secondary) cancer which may have spread from a primary site in the breast. Accompanying her remains were some bones from a young pig aged under 36 months at the time of its death
Little Orme Report