Downham, Lancashire

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The village with the bridge crossing Downham Beck
Downham is located in Lancashire
Downham shown within Lancashire
Population 214 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SD785442
Civil parish
  • Downham
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
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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] increasing at the 2011 Census to 214.[2] The village is on the north side of Pendle Hill off the A59 road about 3 miles (4.8 km) from Clitheroe. Much of the parish, including the village is part of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).[3] It adjoins the Ribble Valley parishes of Rimington, Twiston, Worston, Chatburn and Sawley, and the Pendle parish of Barley-with-Wheatley Booth.


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.[4] 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.[5] The 2012 BBC drama The Secret Of Crickley Hall was also filmed in and around Downham.[6]


Downham was once a township in the ancient parish of Whalley. This became a civil parish in 1866, forming part of the Clitheroe Rural District from 1894 till 1974.[7]

Along with Chatburn and Twiston, the parish makes up the Chatburn ward of Ribble Valley Borough Council. [8][9]

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  1. ^ "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Downham CP (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Forest of Bowland map (Map). Lancashire County Council. 
  4. ^ Gogarty, Paul (2003-06-20). "Lancashire: Journey to Middle Earth". Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  5. ^ "Village back in TV spotlight". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. 2002-05-23. Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  6. ^ Woodhouse, Lisa (2012-11-20). "Ribble Valley village of Downham stars in BBC chiller". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest (North West) Ltd. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  7. ^ "Downham Tn/CP through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Chatburn". MARIO. Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Chatburn". Ordnance Survey Linked Data Platform. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 25 March 2016. 

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