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Whalley, Lancashire

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Whalley, Lancashire

Whalley is a large village in Ribble Valley on the banks of the River Calder in Lancashire, England. It is overlooked by Whalley Nab, a large picturesque wooded hill over the river from the village. The main road through Whalley is King Street, which leads through to Clitheroe Road. Neighbouring Whalley are the small villages of Wiswell, Billington, Barrow, and Read. Close by is Downham village and Pendle Hill which was made famous in William Harrison Ainsworth's book "The Lancashire Witches".
DistrictRibble Valley
Administrative CountyLancashire
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSD7336
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityLancashire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLancashire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLancashire
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01254

Other names by which Whalley, Lancashire has been known in the past

Walaleg ~ Whaley ~ Whally ~ Wallei

Whalley, Lancashire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Whalley, township and vil. with ry. sta., NE. Lancashire, and par., partly also in N. div. West-Riding Yorkshire - par. (containing the towns of Accrington, Bacup. Burnley, Clitheroe, Colne, Haslingden, Nelson, &c.), 115,382 ac., pop. 244,395; township, 1603 ac., pop. 895; vil., 3½ miles S. of Clitheroe and 7½ NE. of Blackburn by rail; P.O., T.O. A Cistercian abbey was founded here in 1296, and its ruins attest the splendour of its architecture. Whalley church is a venerable structure rebuilt in 1100, having been founded in 628. The parish is the largest in Lancashire, and one of the largest in England; it consists of 49 townships (including 1 in Yorkshire), and is ecclesiastically divided into 43 entire districts and 10 parts.

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