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Shelf of Books

1.  Mainly on Whalley, Bowland & Craven.

Please send me details of any other books that you have encountered.

The History and Antiquities of the Deanery of Craven, by Dr.Thomas Dunham Whitaker, first edition, London, 1805 is the classic work on this area.  It is very detailed and draws extensively on manuscript sources available in the early 19th century. The later editions have many additions and corrections.

An History of the Original Parish of Whalley and Honor of Clitheroe, by Dr. T. D. Whitaker, first edition, 1801, fourth edition revised and enlarged by Nichols and Lyons, published in 1872.  As with Whitaker's Craven, this work is used by many later authors as a source.

Pendle Hill in History and Literature, by James McKay, published by Henry Davies, Preston and by J & A Lupton of Burnley in 1888, 538 pages. This work looks at the history of the area for about a dozen miles around Pendle Hill. It includes chapters on religion, churches and abbeys, folklore, poems, plays, songs and natural history. A chapter on the landed gentry includes the families of De Lacy, Townley, Sherburne, Assheton, Whitaker, Nowell, Starkie, Shuttleworth and Parker.

A History of Sawley Abbey in Craven, a facsimile reprint of J. Harland's book of 1853, published by Llanerch Publishers, Felinfach, Lampeter, Dyfed, 1993, ISBN 1 897853 01 7. Harland drew on Dugdale's 'Monasticon' and on T. D. Whitaker's 'History of Craven'. The latter based much of his account on the Townley manuscripts.

A History of the Parish of Mitton in the West Riding of Yorkshire, by Frederick George Ackerley, Aberdeen University Press, 1947. This covers the ancient parish of Mitton which consisted of the townships of Mitton, Crook, Bashall, Waddington, West Bradford, Grindleton, Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley. The last three townships were in Lancashire, while the rest were in Yorkshire prior to 1974 and formed part of Bolland.

The Rev. Peter Walkden's Diary & Early Nonconformist Baptisms, edited by G. A. Foster, published by the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society, August 1996, ISBN 1 870277 236. This book is important for two reasons. Peter Walkden and his son Henry baptised many children and kept records in the period from 1709 to 1793. These are some of the earliest nonconformist baptism records in the area. In addition the book give a valuable insight into life in the Bowland area in this period.

A History of the Parish of Chipping, by Tom C. Smith, Preston, 1894. The classic work on this part of Lancashire.

Memorials of Old Lancashire, edited by Fishwick and Ditchfield, published in two volumes by Bemrose and Sons, London, 1909.  This is part of a series of books on English counties.  Several authors contributed chapters, including the two editors.  The book does not attempt to give a full history of the county but is a mixture of articles on people, places and historical events.  There here is an index at the end of the second volume.

The Last Days of the Lancashire Monasteries and Pilgrimage of Grace, by Christopher Haigh, printed for the Chetham Society, Manchester 1969. Apart from telling the story indicated in the title, this book has a valuable appendix showing who acquired the monastic lands. This provides useful background for those studying the land owning families in the county.

Yorkshire Past and Present, by Thomas Baines gives much information on Yorkshire administrative districts, and statistics from the 1871 census. There are also brief histories of parishes and towns.

2.  Mainly on Colne, Nelson and Burnley

Annals and Stories of Colne and Neighbourhood, by James Carr, printed by John Heywood, Manchester, 1878. For a long time this was the classic work on Colne's history but it is hard to obtain. Most of the original copies must have been bought by residents of the town and passed down through their families.

The History of Colne, edited by Dorothy Harrison, published by Pendle Heritage Centre, 1988, ISBN 0 948743 02 6 (paper back) and 0948743 01 8 (hardback). Several authors have contributed to this work. Unlike 'The Annals of Colne' it has many interesting illustrations. Dorothy Harrison was my history teacher at Colne Grammar School. One of her ancestors, Captain Harrison, was a signatory on the death warrant of Charles I.

The Story of Foulridge, by Fay Oldland, published by Pendle Heritage Centre, 1990, ISBN 0 948743 04 02. There is a chapter on the Barcroft family and one on local halls and houses.

Annals and Stories of Barrowford, by Jesse Blakey, published by Blakeys of Scotland Road, Nelson in 1929. It is now very rare and likely to cost £50 for what was the original cheap edition. Lancashire County Libraries have made a limited number of facsimiles for loan. Families mentioned include Grimshaw, Nutter, Swinglehurst, Stansfield, Nowell, Steel, and Sutcliffe. It also includes a photograph of Matthew Cragg, the half-brother of my GGG grandfather, Stephen Cragg.

Memories of Colne, by Mrs. Cryer of Burnley, formerly Miss Margaret Jane Ward of Colne, in collaboration with Mr Willie Bell of Burnley formerly of Colne. Reprinted from the Colne and Nelson Times, March to August 1910. The first chapter is headed 'Memories of Colne 60 years ago'. This is a by a lady born in 1841, who recalled her childhood days in Colne in the 1850's. She had a remarkable memory and described many of the shops in the town with anecdotes about the owners and their families. Mrs Cryer's recollection of names and family relationships was prodigious. A number of the stories include what the principal characters in the tale actually said. Here I found an account of my GG grandfather's sister, Miss (Margaret) Cragg, including a mention of her cousin Matthew, her aunt, Ann Parkinson, and her marriage to Mr. Bolton, a grocer.   The full text was scanned and edited and is on my site as an Adobe document.

The Annals of Trawden Forest, by Fred Bannister, published by R. Hyde and Sons, of 'Colne and Nelson Times' office, 1922. My battered paperback version cost 6d. when my grandfather bought it. There is a chapter on Wycollar and the Cunliffes and one on the Foulds Family of Trawden Hall. Other local prominent families mentioned are the Midgeley and Driver families of Winewall, the Hartleys and the Bannisters.

Burnley - A Short History, by Brian Hall, published by Burnley and District Historical Society, 1977. A summary of the history of the town in a 40 page booklet.

Calderdale, by the Reverend T. Ormerod, published by Lupton Bros. of Burnley, 1906.  This book is sub-titled 'A descriptive account of the streams forming the Lancashire Calder and of the objects of interest on or near them, as they existed at the commencement of the twentieth century, with reference to the dialect, traditions, and folk-lore of the district, and to some of its notable men, with about 120 photographs, chiefly from the author's negatives.'  Ormerod was a Congregational minister in Manchester and the former head of Carlton Road School in Burnley.  The book is unusual in having so many good quality photographs of the area, including some of Whalley Abbey.  253 pages and index.

In Pendle's Shadow, by John Hope, is a 30 page booklet mainly about the village of Newchurch-in-Pendle, but giving a little background to the area and a bibliography.


I am grateful to Rex Watson for suggesting the following books.  Rex is the author or a book on Haggate Baptist Chapel shown on the Briercliffe Society website.

 History of Burnley, 4 vols. by Walter Bennett, 1946-51, reprints 1979-80, Burnley Corporation.

History of Marsden and Nelson, Walter Bennett, 1957, Nelson Corporation.

Nelson : Politics, Economy, Community, Jeffrey Hill, 1997, Keele UP.  A major academic study.
The Early History of the Forest of Pendle, Mary Brigg, 1989, Pendle Heritage Centre.
Portrait of Wycoller, John Bentley, 1975, Nelson LHS.
Burnley in the Nineteenth Century, J.W. Kneeshaw, 1897, Burnley Express Printing Co.
History of the Parochial Church of Burnley, T. T. Wilkinson, 1856, Burnley.
Romantic Wycoller, Ebenezer W. Folley, 1949, Nelson.
History of Hurstwood, Tattersall Wilkinson & J.F. Tattersall, 1889, Burnley.
A Lancashire Township : The History of Briercliffe with Extwistle, Roger Frost, 1982, Briercliffe.

3.  Lighter Reading

Frank Hird's Lancashire Tales, selected by Cliff Hayes, Aurora Publishing, ISBN: 1 85926 040 3. This book reprints articles that first appeared in 'Lancashire Stories', by Frank Hird, which was published about 1911. It has been produced previously under the title 'More Stories of Old Lancashire'. There are 54 articles about Lancashire events, traditions and characters.  An earlier volume is Stories and Tales of Lancashire by Frank Hird, selected and edited by Cliff Hayes, by Printwise Publications, 1991, ISBN 1 872226 21 3

Life and Traditions of the Ribble Valley, by W. R. Mitchell, published by Castleberg, 1994, ISBN: 1 871064 98 8. This has short chapters on Gisburn, Bolton by Bowland, Sawley and its Abbey, Chatburn, Downham, Clitheroe, Waddington, Mitton, Whalley, Hurst Green, Stonyhurst and Ribchester.

The Birth of a Lancashire Village - Sabden, by Clifford Moorhouse, published by the author, Clayton le Moors, 1975, paperback of 93 pages. It recounts the history of the Bury family and the growth of Sabden with the introduction of calico printing.

The Lancashire Witches, by William Harrison Ainsworth, Windsor Edition published by Frederick Warne, London and New York. This is a historical novel about the Pendle witches. Perhaps it is a misnomer to call it lighter reading as by the standards of modern novels it is sometimes slow and heavy going. However, it is rich in references to the geography and history of the area and it is worth persisting if you are interested in Pendle country. The story opens during the Pilgrimage of Grace, the brief rebellion in 1536 against the Dissolution of the Monasteries. On the same theme, but written this century, is Robert Neill's book Mist over Pendle

Mist over Pendle, Hutchinson, 1951; Arrow Books paperback version, 1956. If you want a non-fiction book on this topic, I can recommend:

The Lancashire Witch-Craze, Jennet Preston and Lancashire Witches, 1612, by Jonathan Lumby, Carnegie Publishing, Preston, 1995, price £6-95.

If you like walking, look out the books in the Walks in Brigantia series by John and Phillip Dixon. Volume 8 is Circular Walks in The Forest of Bowland and Volume 9 is The Ribble Valley:- Circular Walks Twixt Bowland and Pendle, Where Rivers Meet. The books contain some excellent drawings of old houses and many of stone carvings, which can be difficult to photograph. The books are published by Aussteiger, of 8 Back Skipton Road, Barnoldswick.

Three Rivers: Being an account of many wanderings in the dales of Ribble, Hodder and Calder, by Jessica Lofthouse, published by Robert Hale, London, 1946.  A description of walks in the district with details of local history.  There are 11 sketch maps of the area and an index but the historical sources are not quoted. Lancashire's Fair Face, by Jessica Lofthouse, published by Robert Hale, London 1952.  This book covers the areas between the Ribble and the Lune.  The book has 8 sections, each dealing with the history of the places visited.  The book starts at Preston and covers the Ribble to Ribchester and then to Hacking Boat, the point at which Three Rivers left the Ribble.  Section 4 covers the rivers of Bowland.  The book has a useful index but as with Three Rivers, there are no sources for the historical information given.

4. Photographs of Old Colne

Colne As It Was, by Wilfred Spencer, Hendon Publishing Company, 1st Edn, 1971, second impression, 1990

Old Colne by John Bentley, Ingleton Publications, 1986.

A Colne Centenary, by Geoff Crambie, MM. Publishing Corporation, 1995.

A Colne Jubilee (1952-1977) by Geoff Crambie, MM Publishing Corp. 1977.

A Colne Festival (1926-1951) by Geoff Crambie, MM Publishing, 1978.


5. Selected Items from The Transactions of the Historical Society of Lancashire and Cheshire

Session III (1850/51):  Account of the Roman and British Remains found North and East of the River Wyre, by Revd. Wm. Thornber, BA, Trinity College, Oxford, of Blackpool, p. 116.  Evidences of Roman Occupation in the Fylde District, by Revd. Wm. Thornber, BA, Trinity College, Oxford, of Blackpool, p. 57.

Session IV (1851/2): Traces of the Britons, Saxons and Danes in the Foreland of the Fylde, by Revd. Wm. Thornber, BA, Trinity College, Oxford, of Blackpool, p. 100.  The Danes in Lancashire, by John Just, p. 121.

Vol. 23.  (1879/80): Rural Life of a Lancashire Minister 150 Years Ago (Rev. Peter Walkden) by James Bromley, p 112.

Vol. 37. New Series 1:  Extracts from the Commonplace Books of the Revd. Peter Walkden, by James Bromley, p. 117.

Vol. 105: The Diary of John Ward of Clitheroe, weaver, 1860-1864, by R Sharpe France, p. 132.  Chronological List of Railways in Lancashire, 1828-1939, by M. D. Spenville, p. 187.

Vol. 106:  Houghton Towers in History and Romance, by A. J. Bayley, p. 151.  (Connection with Ainsworth's Lancashire Witches.)

Vol. 110: The Coln Book Society, by Wilfred M. Spencer, p. 145.

Vol. 115:  The Forest of Pendle in the Seventeenth Century, by Mary Brigg, p. 65.

Vol. 116:  Children's Games and Jingles in Lancashire about 1900, by Alfred Gaskell.

Vol. 117:  Battle of Whalley, 798 AD, by D. P. Kirby, p. 181.  Roger of Poitou, by R. Schofield, p. 185.

Vol. 120:  A Preliminary Register of Old Schools in Lancashire and Cheshire, P. J. Wallis, p. 1.    Life in East Lancashire, 1856-60.   A Newly Discovered Diary of John O'Neil, (John Ward) a weaver of Clitheroe, p. 87.

Vol. 121:  Diary of James Garnet of Low Moor, Clitheroe, 1858-1865, part 1, O.Ashmore, p. 77.

Vol. 123:  Diary of James Garnet of Low Moor, Clitheroe, 1858-65 part 2, by O. Ashmore, p. 105.

Vol. 125:  A Forest in Transition - Bowland 1500-1650, by John Porter, p. 40.

Vol. 127:  Waste Land Reclamation in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries: the case of south-eastern Bowland, 1550 to 1630, John Porter, p. 1.  (This article gives useful information on the change of land use which brought new people into the area.  Interesting reading if your family name first appears in this district in the early 17th century.  See also the article in Vol. 125)

Vol. 139:  Quarter Sessions in Lancashire in the middle of the Eighteenth Century: the court in session and its records, Peter Taylor, p. 63.

Vol. 144:  Economic Change in North East Lancashire, 1660-1760, by Suzanne Schwartz, p. 47.

6. Selected Items from the Transactions of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society

Vol. 38. (1920): Further Legendary Stories and Folk Lore of the Clitheroe District, by William Self Weeks.

Vol. 41. (1924): Ribchester Church and Stydd Chapel, by Isaac Taylor.
                          Clitheroe in the 17th century, by William Self Weeks.

Vol. 42. (1925): Clitheroe in the 17th century, by William Self Weeks, continued.

Vol. 43. (1926): Clitheroe in the 17th century, by William Self Weeks, continued.

Vol. 46. (1929): The Surrender of the Charters of the Borough of Clitheroe, by William Self Weeks.

Vol. 47. (1930/31): Abbott Paslew and the Pilgrimage of Grace by William Self Weeks.

Vol 48. (1932): Further Information about Dr. John Webster, by William Self Weeks. (Refers back to an article in Vol. 39, page 55. Webster wrote a book entitled 'Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft'.


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