LAST week’s curiosity was of a very attractive, painted, double-sided cast iron model in the silver jubilee gardens in the centre of Slaidburn, in the Ribble Valley.

Unfortunately, no one was able to cast any light on its origins.

On one side is St Andrew’s Church, while on the other is the village’s Brennand’s Endowed Primary School.

The grade one listed church is part of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and dates from the 15th century, with alterations made in the 17th century.

It is built from sandstone with a slate roof and inside, its pews date from the 17th and 18th centuries. The church also has a rood screen, which dates back to the 1630s, and the two-manual pipe organ was built in about 1870 by Bevington and Sons.

There is a ring of six bells, all of which were cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, five of them in 1843 by Thomas Mears II, and the sixth in 1927 by Mears and Stainbank.

In 2017, the grade two listed village school, which is next to the church, celebrated its 300th anniversary - quite a feat for a primary school. Children attend the school, which is graded good by Ofsted, from far and wide, including from the the villages of Newton, Tosside and also the town of Clitheroe.

A lot of readers will know what this week’s curiosity is, and some might be able to locate just where it is from a distant hill in the background. Suggestions by 8am on Monday to

Perhaps you have a curiosity in your house or garden, or perhaps you know of something interesting with perhaps a historical significance in your village, hamlet or town. If you would like to see it featured on this page, take a picture of it, and send it with some details to