Sawley, Lancashire

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Sawley is located in Lancashire
Sawley shown within Lancashire
Population 305  (2001 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SD776465
Civil parish
  • Sawley
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BB7
Dialling code 01200
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
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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, rising to 345 at the 2011 census.[2] It is situated north-east of Clitheroe, on the River Ribble. It is 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. ^ "Parish headcount" (PDF). Lancashire Parish Portal. Lancashire County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 December 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Civil parish population 2011". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  3. ^ The Lordship of Bowland
  4. ^ Historic England. "Sawley Abbey (183470)". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  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. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  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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