Bowland Forest High

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Bowland Forest High
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Croasdale Fell
Bowland Forest High is located in Lancashire
Bowland Forest High
Bowland Forest High
Bowland Forest High shown within Lancashire
Population 144 (2011)
OS grid reference SD659501
Civil parish
  • Bowland Forest High
Shire county
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
List of places
53°56′46″N 2°31′12″W / 53.946°N 2.520°W / 53.946; -2.520Coordinates: 53°56′46″N 2°31′12″W / 53.946°N 2.520°W / 53.946; -2.520

Bowland Forest High is a civil parish in the Ribble Valley district of Lancashire, England, covering some 20,000 acres of the Forest of Bowland. According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 163,[1] falling to 144 at the 2011 Census.[2] The parish includes the settlements of Hareden, Sykes, and Dunsop Bridge. It covers Sykes Fell, Whins Brow, Croasdale Fell and Wolfhole Crag. Before 1974, it formed part of Bowland Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire.


Historic Bowland 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.[3] The manors within the Liberty were Slaidburn (Newton-in-Bowland, West Bradford, Grindleton), Knowlmere, Waddington, Easington, Bashall, Mitton, Withgill (Crook), Leagram (Bowland-with-Leagram), Hammerton and Dunnow (Battersby). Modern-day Bowland Forest is divided into two large administrative townships - Great Bowland (Bowland Forest High and Bowland Forest Low) and Little Bowland (Bowland-with-Leagram) - but the Forest was much more extensive in previous times.

St Hubert, the patron saint of hunting, is also patron saint of the Forest of Bowland and has a chapel dedicated to him in Dunsop Bridge.[4] This chapel was founded by Richard Eastwood of Thorneyholme, land agent to the Towneley family. Eastwood was the last Bowbearer of the Forest of Bowland during the nineteenth century. An acclaimed breeder of racehorses and shorthorn cattle, he died in 1871 and is buried at St Hubert's.

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  1. ^ "Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Ribble Valley". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2011-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Lord of the Fells, Guardian of History" (PDF). Rural Life. November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-29. Retrieved 2009-11-04.