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Saint John the Evangelist Church
Higham with West Close Booth shown within Lancashire
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Higham is a village in the Borough of Pendle in Lancashire, England, south of Pendle Hill. The civil parish is named "Higham with West Close Booth". The village is 2 miles (3.2 km) north-east of Padiham and about 4 miles (6.4 km) south west of Nelson along the A6068 road. At the 2001 census Higham had a population of 808 in 338 dwellings.
The centre of Higham is a conservation area. The buildings in the area are stone-built mainly from the 19th century with a few older. Several farmhouses and barns have been converted to houses. Outside the Conservation Area most buildings are from later periods including modern housing estates.
Amenities include a pub, the Four Alls Inn, est. 1798 where you can discover the meaning of "Four Alls"; the Church of St John the Evangelist (C of E) built 1874, Higham C of E (Controlled) Primary School, and the Village Hall.
Buildings and features
The Spout is a feature in the centre of the village, providing constantly running natural spring water. Nearby is the historic site of a pinfold or poundfield, a walled area with grass and running water which was used to temporarily impound animals.
Other buildings of note include The Village Hall, 1837, which was built as the National School and also used for Church of England services until St John's Church was built. Higham Hall, 17th century, used for meetings of the court of the Forest of Pendle. Clover Croft Mill stood in the centre of the village having latterly been used as a furniture factory. The demolition was completed in 2006 to enable a housing development to be built on the site.
On the road to Nelson are three buildings of interest: Lower White Lee (18th century), Higher White Lee birthplace of Jonas Moore (see below), Ashlar House has a porch dated 1594 with the names Richard Grimshaw and John Box, but the house seems to have been rebuilt in the 17th century.
Herbert Butterworth (1902–1938) professional footballer, born in Higham.
Harry Hargreaves (1896–1975) professional footballer, born in Higham.
Pendle Witches One of the families swept up in the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612 was the 'Chattox' clan, based in West Close where the old crone Mother Chattox lived and her family pursued their work of professional begging. In Alizon Device's confession she told that "Anne Whittle, alias Chattox, was suspected for bewitching the drinke of John Moore of Higham, gentleman" and for causing one of his sons to die. The landlord of the pub, The Four Alls, accused Chattox of putting a curse on his brew. The suspected witches were first examined at Ashlar House, by local Magistrate Roger Nowell of nearby Read Hall.
- Office for National Statistics, 2001 census data
- Higham Conservation Area map
- Parish Council website section for the Four Alls Inn
- St John's Church Higham
- Higham C of E (Controlled) Primary School
- Parish Council website section for the Village Hall
- Willmoth, Frances (2004). "Moore, Sir Jonas (1617–1679)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/19137. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- The Pendle Witches
Media related to Higham-with-West Close Booth at Wikimedia Commons
- BBC website describing a Sunday Stroll in Higham
- Higham Parish Council website
- History of Higham including mills and coal-mining
- Coach tours including Higham
- Higham Weather