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BOLTON BY BOWLAND: Geographical and Historical information from the year 1868.

"BOLTON BY BOWLAND, (or Bolton-by-Bolland), a parish in the western division of the wapentake of Staincliffe and Ewcross, in the West Riding of the county of York, 12 miles to the S. of Settle. Clitheroe is its post town. It is situated on the borders of Lancashire, on the banks of the river Ribble, near Bowland Forest, and includes, besides the village of Bolton, the hamlets of Holden and Forest Books. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ripon, of the value of £335, in the patronage of Mrs. H. A. Littledale. The church is dedicated to St. Peter, and contains a curious old font and several interesting monuments, the most remarkable of which is a tomb, surmounted by a limestone slab, 10 feet long, 5 feet 3 inches broad, and 9 inches thick, to the memory of Sir Ralph Pudsay, his three wives, and 25 children. The charitable endowments of the parish consist of a free school, with an income of £30 per annum, also a girls' school, partly endowed, and several bequests for the benefit of the poor, producing about £25 a year. Bolton Hall, the residence of Mrs. Littledale, was formerly the seat of the Pudsays, and is a very ancient mansion. Henry VI. founded an asylum here after the fatal battle of Hexham, and the king's boots and gloves were for long kept here as relics. A well close by bears his name. The population is entirely agricultural."


"FOREST BECK, a hamlet in the parish of Bolton-by-Bowland, West Riding county York, 13 miles W. of Skipton."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013