10 Nov 18: Event to remember all those who served from the Hodder Valley in WW1, and a Book Launch All are welcome to 'drop-in' at the Village Hall to view an exhibition, and to attend lectures by three speakers. Also on that day, Margaret Brenchley's new book 'In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance' will be launched at 10:30. Full details are here; entry is free.
New book: 'A History of Methodism in Slaidburn, and the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel'. A record of Wesleyan Methodism in Slaidburn over two centuries. The book chronicles the contributions people made over the years to the Slaidburn community. This was a village with a very close-knit, caring and sharing population. The booklet also incudes a record of the Poor's Land disputes.
'The Registers of St. James' Church, Dale Head, 1852-1936'. This is a transcription of the baptisms, banns of marriages, marriages and burials of St. James' Church, originally consecrated in 1852 but moved to a nearby site because of the construction of Stocks Reservoir, the new build being consecrated in 1938.
Ordering information for both is on the Publications webpage.
The Archive holds an extensive collection of historical resources for genealogical, village, farmstead and agricultural research in the Hodder Valley within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Lancashire. The area of interest extends from Tosside, along the Hodder from Slaidburn to the Whitewell area and encompasses nearby villages such as Grindleton, Bolton-by-Bowland, and Bashall Eaves. Of particular interest is the area of Dalehead and the hamlet of Stocks-in-Bowland, much of which is now beneath Stocks Reservoir or the plantations of Gisburn Forest. Most of the Archive's geographical area of interest was within the historic county of the West Riding of Yorkshire prior to 1974.
The Archive has a part-time Administrator, Helen Wallbank, and two regular volunteers. Other supporters assist on an ad hoc basis. All records are open for inspection and research by members of the public, and this website provides a brief summary of our collections and advice for visiting the Archive. Some of the fruits of the research by the Archive are published in book form and are available for purchase at modest cost.
- Act as a repository for people to deposit family collections and memorabilia relating to the upper Hodder Valley;
- Record the history of farms, buildings and land as well as the traditions and customs of the inhabitants of the Hodder Valley;
- Provide information in the form of exhibitions, talks and walks to the community to further their understanding of the history of the local area;
- Involve young people, not only through local schools, but other youth organisations.
Church of St. Andrew, Slaidburn. Probably c. 1450 with early C17th alterations. Parts of the tower may date to c. 1200.
The Archive team undertake research and outreach programmes to inform and educate the local communities on the history of this beautiful valley. Current and recent activities include:
Continuing activities are updating the Archive inventory - checking the collections and adding new acquisitions - and working in the communities to gather photographs, documents, listen to oral history and promote our role.
Washing sheep at Lower Underhand Farm, Newton c. 1920.
Hodder Valley towards Dunsop Bridge from above Newton.