Downham, Lancashire

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Downham is located in Lancashire
 Downham shown within Lancashire
Population 156  (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SD785442
Civil parish Downham
District Ribble Valley
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BB7
Dialling code 01200
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Ribble Valley
List of places

Coordinates: 53°53′35″N 2°19′37″W / 53.893°N 2.327°W / 53.893; -2.327

Downham is a village and civil parish in Lancashire, England. It is in the Ribble Valley district and as of the United Kingdom 2001 census has a population of 156.[1] The village is on the north side of Pendle Hill off the A59 road about 3 miles (4.8 km) from Clitheroe.

The manor was originally granted to the de Dinelay family in the fourteenth century by Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster. It ceased to be a part of the Honour of Clitheroe in 1558 when it was purchased by the Assheton family. It still remains in Assheton ownership today but was reincorporated into the Honour of Clitheroe in 1945 when Ralph Assheton, later 1st Baron Clitheroe, bought the remnants of the Honour from the administrators of the Clitheroe Estate Company.

The 2nd Lord Clitheroe does not allow overhead electricity lines, aerials or satellite dishes, making the village a popular location for filming period dramas.[2] Downham was one of the locations used in the 1961 film Whistle Down the Wind, and the BBC One series Born and Bred, set in the fictional village of Ormston, was also filmed in the village.[3] The 2012 BBC drama "The Secret Of Crickley Hall" was also filmed in and around Downham.[4]

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  1. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Downham CP (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  2. ^ Gogarty, Paul (2003-06-20). "Lancashire: Journey to Middle Earth". Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  3. ^ "Village back in TV spotlight". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. 2002-05-23. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  4. ^ Woodhouse, Lisa (2012-11-20). "Ribble Valley village of Downham stars in BBC chiller". Lancashire Telegraph (Newsquest (North West) Ltd). Retrieved 2012-11-22. 

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