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Not to be confused with Brierfield, Lancashire.
Briercliffe with Extwistle
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Monk Hall farm
Briercliffe with Extwistle is located in Lancashire
Briercliffe with Extwistle
Briercliffe with Extwistle
Briercliffe with Extwistle shown within Lancashire
Population 4,031 (2011)
OS grid reference SD8749034897
Civil parish
  • Briercliffe with Extwistle
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BURNLEY
Postcode district BB10
Dialling code 01282
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
Coordinates: 53°48′36″N 2°11′24″W / 53.810°N 2.190°W / 53.810; -2.190

Briercliffe (or Briercliffe-with-Extwistle) is a civil parish in the borough of Burnley, in Lancashire, England. It is situated 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Burnley.[1]

The parish contains suburbs of Burnley (including Harle Syke and Haggate), and the rural area north-east of the town. Hamlets in the parish include Cockden, Lane Bottom and in the Extwistle area, the tiny hamlet of Roggerham.

The parish adjoins the Burnley parish of Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood and the unparished area of Burnley, the Pendle parishes of Brierfield, Nelson and Trawden Forest and West Yorkshire.

According to the United Kingdom Census 2011, the parish has a population of 4,031,[2] an increase from 3,187 in the 2001 census.[3]

Briercliffe-with-Extwistle was once a township in the ancient parish of Whalley, becoming a civil parish in 1866.[4] In 1894 the parish was dissolved, part moving into the county borough of Burnley, with the rest becoming a new parish called Briercliffe, forming part of the Burnley Rural District.[5]

Extwistle Hall[edit]

Extwistle Hall stands high on Extwistle Moor between Haggate (east of Brierfield) and the village of Worsthorne. The Hall, built of coursed sandstone on three sides of a courtyard, is now a ruin.[6] It was built in the 16th century in the Tudor style by the Parker family who were prominent in local affairs.

Robert Parker had bought the land, which had previously belonged to Kirkstall Abbey, in 1537 after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The Parker family occupied it for some 200 years before moving to Cuerden Hall around 1718.[7] John Parker was High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1653 and Robert Parker for 1710. The house was remodelled in the late 18th century.

The listed Grade II*[8] building, owned by an Isle of Man based property company, has been unoccupied for more than 20 years and is listed in English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register.[9] In early 2012, £2million plans were revealed to save and restore the hall to its former glory, then afterwards to be sold off.[10]


Tattersall Wilkinson[edit]

Tattersall Wilkinson was a local antiquarian most usually known as 'The Sage Of Roggerham'.[11] Tattersall was well known in Burnley during the late 1800s. He was the first person to uncover the flint daggers and stone circles of nearby Worsthorne, and other antiquities such as burial urns. He also wrote many articles for the Burnley Express and a book of his own (with J.F Tattersall) named 'Memories Of Hurstwood'.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parish Council Details: Briercliffe-with-Extwistle Parish Council". Lancashire Parish Portal. Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 31 October 2008. 
  2. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Burnley Retrieved 4 February 2010
  4. ^ "Briercliffe-with-Extwistle Tn/CP through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Briercliffe CP through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Historic England. "EXTWISTLE HALL (45313)". PastScape. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "history of Extwistle Hall". Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  8. ^ British Listed Buildings, accessed 29 March 2012
  9. ^ "Extwistle Hall and attached garden wall", Heritage at Risk Register, English Heritage, retrieved 29 April 2012 
  10. ^ Tyrone Marshall (11 January 2012). "£2.4million housing development plans for Briercliffe". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Insight into history from 19th-century village 'sage'". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Briercliffe at Wikimedia Commons