Laneshawbridge shown within Lancashire
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Laneshawbridge (otherwise Laneshaw Bridge) is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Pendle. It is to the east of Colne in Lancashire and is the easternmost settlement in Lancashire on the main road route, before the North Yorkshire border.
The roots of Laneshawbridge, or “The Brig” as it is affectionately know by the locals, date from the time of William the Conqueror, when he gave some land to the Emmott family, which they still own. It is thought that the family were given land for their military support, and founded a hamlet known as “Eamot” which later became Laneshawbridge. The family resided at Emmott Hall, the first of which dated back to 1310, but it was to be modified, rebuilt and finally demolished in 1967.
Near to where the hall stood is Emmott House, which was a coach house to the main hall and dates back to 1737. In the 1990s, the old boating lake was dug out to create Hullow’n Fishery, and this is run by the Choyce family for sporting purposes.
Next to the lake is Hullow’n Well which has its own history. It has been claimed that this the Eamot where in AD 926 King Athelstan, confirmed a treaty of peace between the Welsh, Scots and Northumbrians.
The Emmotts owned much of the village, and provided a school, as well as St Andrew's Church, both of which are residential properties to this day.[clarification needed]
It would also appear that the family had a public house which was probably used as a shooting lodge. The first village inn, possibly called "the Rochester" is rumoured to be what is today Rye Flatt Farmhouse which has just been restored to be the village's only bed and breakfast.
A trip up Emmott Lane will take you past the village park, around which the village is built, to the Alma Inn.
- Wilkinson, Thomas T (1857), Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, Volume 9, p. 31, retrieved 2012-05-17
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