Bowland-with-Leagram shown within Lancashire
|Population||128 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||PR3, BB7|
|Dialling code||01995 01254|
|EU Parliament||North West England|
|UK Parliament||Ribble Valley|
Bowland-with-Leagram is a civil parish in the Ribble Valley district of Lancashire, England, covering part of the Forest of Bowland. According to the census, the parish had a population of 181 in 1951 and 128 in 2001.
As the only part of the historical Forest of Bowland that lay within the historical bounds of Lancashire, the area was known for many centuries by the name of Little Bowland and this name remains in common use today.
Leagram was a hunting park from at least the early twelfth century, being part of the ancient Lordship of Bowland which comprised a Royal Forest and a Liberty of ten manors spanning eight townships and four parishes and covered an area of almost 300 square miles (800 km2) on the historic borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire. The manors within the Liberty were Leagram, Slaidburn (Newton-in-Bowland, West Bradford, Grindleton), Knowlmere, Waddington, Easington, Bashall Eaves, Mitton, Withgill (Crook),Hammerton and Dunnow (Battersby).
As Lady Queen of Bowland, Elizabeth I alienated the park and granted the manor of Leagram to her favourite, the Earl of Leicester, in 1563. It was purchased shortly afterwards by Sir Richard Shireburne of Stonyhurst. Shireburne served as Master Forester of Bowland until 1594. The Shireburnes held the manor until 1754 before it passed to their cousins, the Welds. The Shireburne family tombs are at All Hallows' Church, Great Mitton. John Weld-Blundell is the present-day Lord of the Manor of Chipping (Lawn).
Some of the earliest evidence of human settlement in eastern Lancashire has come from this corner of Bowland. In 1946, archaeologists uncovered artefacts, including pottery, indicating Bronze Age occupation at Fairy Holes, a cave situated on New Laund Farm, near Whitewell.
- Forest of Bowland official website
- John Weld, A History of Leagram: The Park and the Manor (Chetham Society: Manchester 1913)
- RC Musson, "A Bronze Age Cave Site in the Little Bolland Area of Lancashire", Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, Vol 59: 161-170 (1948)
- "History of BOWLAND WITH LEAGRAM". visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
- "History of LITTLE BOWLAND". visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
- "History of LEAGRAM". visionofbritain.org.uk. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
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