Pendleton, Lancashire

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Pendleton is located in Lancashire
 Pendleton shown within Lancashire
Population 349 
OS grid reference SD756395
District Ribble Valley
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
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 Ribble Valley
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Coordinates: 53°51′04″N 2°22′16″W / 53.851°N 2.371°W / 53.851; -2.371

Pendleton is a small village and civil parish in Ribble Valley, within the county of Lancashire, England. It is close to the towns of Whalley and Clitheroe. The parish lies on the north west side of Pendle Hill below the Nick o' Pendle. The village is just off the A59, Liverpool to York main road, since the construction of the Clitheroe By-Pass. Older roads through the parish include one from Clitheroe to Whalley which passes through the Standen area and another to Burnley which passes Pendleton Hall.[1]

Pendleton Brook runs down the centre of Main Street in the village. The village pub, The Swan With Two Necks won the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) national pub of the year award (2013).[2]

According to the United Kingdom Census 2011, the parish has a population of 349,[3] an increase from 203 in the 2001 census.[4]

The parish adjoins the other Ribble Valley parishes of Clitheroe, Mearley, Sabden, Wiswell, Barrow and Little Mitton. Higher areas of the parish, west of the village are part of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).[5]


The brief details of the Blackburnshire hundred in the Domesday survey, mention Pendleton with King Edward holding half a hide of land here.[6][1]

Pendleton 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. Parts of the parish transferred to Sabden on its creation in 1904,[a] however the area around Coldcoats was added in 1935.[8]

Wymondhouses (an old farm in the south of the parish) was purchased in 1667 by the Nonconformist preacher Thomas Jollie. He had a meeting-place licensed in 1672, later building a chapel that was still in-use until the 1860s.[1][9]

Pendleton also has an interesting history related to traditional folk customs and the witchcraft persecutions. A book was written on this subject entitled The Pendle Witches by William Harrison Ainsworth, published 1849. Doreen McGlashan, born Doreen Wilson, a Pendleton native (now living in Australia, aged 92) states that as a child in the 1920s there was frequent talk of witches andwitchcraft in the village, and that she & her siblings were kept indoors on certain Saturdays because of "witches Sabbaths" happening in the town on those days. She also recounts large May Day celebrations in her youth which included dancing around a maypole, and states that as a girl she specifically remembers "pretty girls" often being suspected of witchcraft by the villagers. Most likely all such folk beliefs and witchcraft stories have by now been forgotten or lost by the residents of Pendleton, except perhaps by people who possess family lore dating back to the early 20th century.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ The old township shared a boundary with Read at Sabden Brook.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Farrer and Brownbill 1911, pp. 392-396
  2. ^ Rebecca Smithers (19 August 2015). "Camra crowns Swan with Two Necks in Lancashire national pub of the year". The Guardian (London). 
  3. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Key Statistics Retrieved 18 August 2015
  5. ^ Forest of Bowland map (Map). Lancashire County Council. 
  6. ^ "Domesday Book Online". Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  7. ^ Lancashire and Furness (Map) (1st ed.). 1 : 10,560. County Series. Ordnance Survey. 1848. 
  8. ^ "Pendleton Tn/CP through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  9. ^ Historic England, "No. 2 Wymondhouses, Pendleton (1165082)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 18 August 2015 


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