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Bashall Eaves

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The village of Bashall Eaves, in the Forest of Bowland is situated about four miles (6 km) west of Clitheroe and lies on the banks of the River Hodder in the parish of Mitton.

The placename element eaves is Old English and refers to Bashall's location on the borders of the Forest of Bowland, Bashall or "Beckshalgh" means the hill by the brooks.

The manor of Bashall was granted in 1253 by Edmund de Lacy, 6th Lord of Bowland, to Thomas Talbot. The manor remained in the Talbot family until the early seventeenth century. The Talbot Arms at nearby Chipping commemorates the family's close association with the village.

In 1934, Bashall Eaves was the scene of a mysterious murder, when detectives investigated the shooting of Jim Dawson, they were met with a "wall of silence" from local residents, and the crime remains unsolved.

Near the small hamlet can be found the Fairy Bridge, local legend states it was built one night by fairies to help an old woodcutter who was being pursued by witches. Bashall Eaves was historically within the West Riding of Yorkshire until the county reorganisation in 1974.

Browsholme Hall (above left) is one of the most historic mansions in the area, for centuries has been the family seat of the Parkers, former Bow-bearers of Bowland. The Hall is a handsome structure dating from Tudor times and contains a wealth of woodcarvings, arms and armour, period furniture, textiles, rare books and stained glass. Amongst the collections of paintings is one of Thomas Parker, former Lord Chancellor of England. The hall was painted by Turner in the 1790s.

Bashall Hall dates to circa 1600 but has early eighteenth century alterations. The building is of sandstone rubble with a stone slate roof and comprises an east block of three storeys with attics with its main roof running east-west and with two gables on each side facing north and south. To the west is a central block, said to be reduced in height after a fire.

The village pub, The Red Pump Inn, (pictured right) was formerly an English Coaching Inn, and is said to be one of the oldest inns in the Ribble Valley, it is rumoured to have been built before 1756. The pub serves fine ales and provides excellent food.

Nearby places of interest

Pendle Heritage Centre set in a range of tastefully restored Grade II Listed farm buildings and .consists of a museum, art gallery, gift shop, tea-room, an eighteenth century walled garden, cruck barn with farmyard animals and tourist information.

Whalley Abbey- founded by Henry de Lacy, third Earl of Lincoln on the 4th April 1296.

Lancaster Castle founded in the tenth century

Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster was commissioned by James Williamson, Baron Ashton as a tribute to his second wife, Jenny and was built between 1907 and 1909.

Butterfly House, Lancaster

Clitheroe Castle-Norman castle keep and museum, said to be one of the oldest buildings in Lancashire, and one of the smallest keeps in England,

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