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CLITHEROE, a town, a township, a chapelry, a sub-district: and a district, in Lancashire. The town stands on the river Ribble, and on the Blackburn and Chatburn railway, at the foot of Pendle hill, adjacent to the boundary with Yorkshire, 10 miles NW of Blackburn. The town occupies a rising-ground; contains many modern houses; and presents the ordinary appearance of a seat of manufacture. It has a post office under Blackburn, a railway station with telegraph, a banking office, three chief inns, a moot-hall, a court-house of 1864, two churches, three dissenting chapels, a Roman Catholic chapel, a cemetery of 1862, a mechanics' institute, and a free grammar-school. St. Mary's church has a fine tower and spire, and occupies the site of a previous edifice. St. James' church is a modern structure, in the Norman style, with a tower. Nearly one-third of the inhabitants are employed in extensive paper-works and four cotton factories. The town is a borough by prescription; is governed by a mayor, 4 aldermen, and 12 councillors; sent two members to parliament from the time of Elizabeth till the act of 1832; and now sends one. The municipal borough is conterminate with Clitheroe township; while the parliamentary borough includes also the townships of Twiston, Downham, Chatburn, Worston, Mearley, Pendleton, Wiswall, Whalley, and Little Mitton, all in the parish of Whalley. Direct taxes in 1857, £4,987. Electors in 1868, 484. Pop. of the p. borough in 1841, 11,324; in 1861, 10,864. Houses, 2,247.
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Monumental inscriptions for Clitheroe cemetery, St Mary Magdalene, and for St Michael & St John have been published by the LFH&HS
- Shawbridge St, Baptist
- Castle St, Congregational
- Wellgate, Independent
- St James, St James Street, Church of England
- St Mary Magdalene, Church Street, Church of England
- St Paul, Edisford Road, Church of England
- Mount Zion, Shawbridge & Lowergate, Primitive Methodist
- Moor Lane, Wesleyan Association
- Nelson St, Low Moor, Wesleyan Association
- Chapel Square, Wesleyan Methodist
- Salthill Rd, Wesleyan Methodist
- Wesley, Wesleyan Row, Parson's Lane, Wesleyan Methodist
- Greenacre Street, Progressive Spiritualist
- St Michael and St John, Lowergate, Roman Catholic
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In 1835 Clitheroe was a Township and Chapelry in the Parish of Whalley
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