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Creswell Crags Animal Remains

50,000 - 8,000 BC

The Creswell Crags material in Bolton Museum is part of the Rooke Pennington Collection.

Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago.

Rooke Pennington was a notable Bolton solicitor. He had his own museum at Castleton in Derbyshire. Throughout his career he helped Bolton Museum’s predecessor, the Chadwick Museum, build up its geology collection.

After his death Bolton Museum purchased the contents of his Castleton Museum containing this important Creswell Crags material.