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The characterful village of Slaidburn is situated amidst stunning scenery in the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire.
There has been a settlement at Slaidburn since at least Anglo-Saxon times, the name means 'stream by the sheep pasture'.
Boasting old world charm with warm sandstone, and limestone buildings and cobbled pavements, the village has stunning views of the Hodder valley and the Bowland Fells. A large village green is pleasantly situated on on the bank of the River Hodder, it was once home to fairs in Medieval times. Riverside Tearooms, selling a range of refreshments, overlook the picturesque green.
The village has several shops including a pottery and a village shop offering a range of gemstones. Just out of the village a range of hand painted pottery and crafts are to be found at Myttons Farm Crafts.
The Slaidburn Heritage Centre provides tourist information and houses displays, artifacts and an audio-visual presentation about the village's heritage and the Forest of Bowland. The tenth century 'Angel Stone' carving can also be seen at the centre.
The village green and the interior of the Church of St. Andrew
The village church is dedicated to St Andrew, the building dates from the fifteenth century but has a history that can be traced back over ten centuries The church has a superb Jacobean screen and a fine Georgian pulpit. The pews, some of which are box pews, date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, some of them still retain the makers adze marks. A Bronze Age Burial site is located behind the church.
Most of the houses in the village date from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, there are one or two surviving carved doorheads in the village dating from the seventeenth century, as well as mullion windows from the same period. Slaidburn Heritage Centre contains displays about the history of the village.
The Hark to Bounty Inn
The Hark to Bounty Inn stands at the heart of Slaidburn and is a charming building, it probably dates from the early seventeenth and late eighteenth century and once served as the Halmote Courtroom of the Forest of Bowland, which is thought to have been used by Oliver Cromwell and was still in use into the 1930s. The bar of the courthouse has been preserved upstairs and is used occasionally as a function room.
The curious name derives from Bounty, a hound belonging to the local landowner, who is reputed to say, hark to Bounty, when it was howling in the distance.
The Hark to Bounty Inn offers excellent Three Star Inn Accommodation and serves food.
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.