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St. John's church, Calder Vale.jpg
The church of St. John the Evangelist
Oakenclough is located in the Borough of Wyre
Location in Wyre Borough
Oakenclough is located in the Forest of Bowland
Location in the Forest of Bowland
Oakenclough is located in Lancashire
Oakenclough shown within Lancashire
OS grid reference SD538474
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PRESTON
Postcode district PR3
Dialling code 01995
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament
List of places
53°55′12″N 2°42′11″W / 53.920°N 2.703°W / 53.920; -2.703Coordinates: 53°55′12″N 2°42′11″W / 53.920°N 2.703°W / 53.920; -2.703

Oakenclough (/ˈkənkl/) is an English hamlet located on the edge of the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire.

Oakenclough is a small and scattered community, which appears to have developed largely as a result of a paper mill being sited here to make use of the water power available from the swiftly flowing River Calder. In 1827, Quaker John Jackson bought the mill from Richard Curtis, a paper manufacturer and farmer who had gone bankrupt. Jackson built and lived in the adjacent house, known as Calder Bank, where his descendants continued to live for well over a hundred years. Jackson's brothers, Jonathan and Richard, founded nearby Calder Vale in 1835, when they built a mill on the river. It was used to weave cotton and is still in use today, even though the river no longer provides the power.

Built by public subscription, St. John's Church, and the small church school next to it, stands at the top of Church Wood between Calder Vale and Oakenclough.


Further reading[edit]

  • Wilcock, Jack (2012). The Story of Calder Vale and Oakenclough: A Lancashire Village Victorian Diary. ISBN 978-0-9531719-3-4. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Oakenclough at Wikimedia Commons