Sawley, Lancashire

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Sawley is located in the Borough of Ribble Valley
Shown within Ribble Valley
Sawley is located in Lancashire
Location within Lancashire
Population345  (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSD776465
Civil parish
  • Sawley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtBB7
Dialling code01200
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°54′50″N 2°20′28″W / 53.914°N 2.341°W / 53.914; -2.341Coordinates: 53°54′50″N 2°20′28″W / 53.914°N 2.341°W / 53.914; -2.341

Sawley is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England. The population of the civil parish was 305 at the 2001 Census,[2] rising to 345 at the 2011 census.[1] It is situated north-east of Clitheroe, on the River Ribble. It was historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The parish adjoins the Ribble Valley parishes of Bolton-by-Bowland, Paythorne, Gisburn, Rimington, Downham, Chatburn and Grindleton.


Historically, Sawley fell under the Earl of Northumberland's Percy fee rather than being part of the powerful neighbouring Lordship of Bowland.[3] Sawley Abbey, a ruined abbey of Cistercian monks, is in the village. The abbey was founded in 1147 and dissolved in 1536.[4] By the early 17th-century, the manor had come into the possession of James Hay, who in 1615 was created Lord Hay of Sawley, and later 1st Earl of Carlisle.[5]


Sawley was an extra-parochial area in the Staincliffe Wapentake of the West Riding of Yorkshire. This became a civil parish in 1858, forming part of the Bowland Rural District from 1894 to 1974. The civil parish previously had a detached area on the southern side of Gisburn with a smaller part of that parish on the western side of Sawley. In 1938 these areas were joined with the respective parishes.[6] It has since become part of the Lancashire borough of Ribble Valley. Sawley shares a parish council with two other parishes, Bolton-by-Bowland and Gisburn Forest.[7]

Along with Waddington, West Bradford and Grindleton, the parish forms the Waddington and West Bradford ward of Ribble Valley Borough Council. [8][9]

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  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Sawley Parish (1170215130)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Parish headcount" (PDF). Lancashire Parish Portal. Lancashire County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 December 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2008.
  3. ^ The Lordship of Bowland
  4. ^ Historic England. "Sawley Abbey (1072099)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 September 2008.
  5. ^ Whitaker, Thomas Dunham (1878), The history and antiquities of the deanery of Craven 3rd ed., Dodson (Leeds) and Cassell, Petter & Galpin (London), pp. 71–2, OCLC 504073084
  6. ^ "Sawley CP/ExP through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Bolton-by-Bowland, Gisburn Forest and Sawley Parish Council". Lancashire Parish Portal. Lancashire County Council. Archived from the original on 7 January 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2008.
  8. ^ "Waddington and West Bradford". MARIO. Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Waddington and West Bradford". Ordnance Survey Linked Data Platform. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 25 March 2016.

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