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The charming village of Newton-in-Bowland is pleasantly situated amidst stunning scenery in the valley of the River Hodder in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The journey over Waddington Fell to this attractive spot provides superb views over the Bowland fells and the Hodder Valley.
Referred to as Neutone in the Domesday Survey of 1086, the village has formed part of the ancient parish of Slaidburn since Saxon times.
Newton-in-Bowland was an early centre of Nonconformity. Richard Leigh of Birkett, who founded the village's first independent chapel in 1696, had close associations with the great Congregationalist preacher Thomas Jollie (1629–1703). Thomas Jollie's grandson, another Thomas Jollie, married Leigh's daughter while his nephew, John Jollie, served as Newton's first Congregationalist minister from 1696-1702.
The original chapel was replaced in 1887 and was finally closed in June 2012. The village also has an historic Quaker burial ground. John Bright (1811-1889) the Quaker, British Radical, Liberal statesman and one of the greatest orators of his generation, spent two years of his early life here in the heart of the Hodder Valley.
The village pub, The Parkers Arms, a contemporary country inn, derives its name from the local influential Parker family of Browsholme Hall. The family have served as Bowbearers of the Forest of Bowland for generations. A popular pub, the Parker's Arms serves British food, local ales and offers accommodation. The pub is mentioned in the Good Food Guide 2013.
Dunnow Hall dates from the nineteenth century. The River Hodder flows through Newton-in-Bowland and is joined by Easington Brook on the eastern edge of the village, and Foulscales Brook a little further to the south.
The confluence of Foulscales Brook and the River Hodder is the location of Barge Ford, which is considered to be the mysterious Bogeuurde recorded in the Domesday Book.
Nearby stands Foulscales Farm, dating from the fourteenth century, it is the oldest dwelling in the Forest of Bowland and is tenanted by the Eastwood family, descendants of Richard Eastwood (d. 1871), who was Bowbearer of the Forest of Bowland and founder of St Hubert's Catholic Chapel in nearby Dunsop Bridge.
Nearby Places of Interest
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,