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Clitheroe, Lancashire

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Clitheroe, Lancashire

Clitheroe is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Ribble Valley in Lancashire, England. It is near the Forest of Bowland and is often used as a base for tourists in the area. It has a population of 14,697. The most notable building in the town is Clitheroe Castle, suggested to be one of the smallest Norman keeps in the country. The town elected two members to the Unreformed House of Commons. The Great Reform Act reduced this to one.
DistrictRibble Valley
Administrative CountyLancashire
Traditional CountyLancashire
OS GridSD7441
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionNorth West
Police AuthorityLancashire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLancashire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityLancashire
Ambulance AuthorityNorth West
Dialling code01200
Population14,697 (2001)

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

Clithero ~ Clitheroe Castle

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

Clitheroe, mun. bor., township, and market town, Whalley par., NE. Lancashire, on river Ribble and at foot of Pendle Hill, 10¼ miles NE. of Blackburn, 35 miles N. of Manchester, and 220 miles NW. of London by rail, 2375 ac., pop. 10,176; 2 Banks. Market-day, Tuesday; has extensive cotton and print industries, paper-mills, foundries, and brick and lime works. C. was a bor. by prescription as early as the 11th century. Its castle, dismantled by the Parliamentary forces in 1649, and now a ruin, was founded by the Lacys in the 12th century. The Honor of C., for a long time a part of the Duchy of Lancaster, is now in the possession of the Buccleuch family. The bor. returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

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