Please note that the Grindleton Pavilion now has its own website. Please use the new site for all Pavilion information and enquiries: www.grindletonpavilion.org.uk/
Grindleton lies in the valley of the River Ribble, between Pendle Hill and the rising fells of the Forest of Bowland. It is a historical village, identified in the Domesday Book in 1086 as Gretlintone.
The Parish Council
Welcome to the Grindleton village website. The site has been developed by the Parish Council. Our aim is to offer residents and visitors a focus for events and activities taking place in the village and its environs, to enable access to Parish Council documents and to advise residents of local issues. Information is also available from organisations such as the police and local charities.
We also seek to promote the village to visitors and to support local businesses.
The website highlights to residents and visitors alike, the opportunities for recreation and exercise in our beautiful surroundings.
The fells and valleys of the Forest of Bowland AONB, Pendle Hill and the Ribble Valley are internationally recognised as outstanding landscapes.
Easter Services A special service for Good Friday will be held in St Ambrose Church on Friday at 11-15 a.m. There will also be a service of Holy Communion on Easter Sunday at 9-30a.m.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on advised shortly).
Grindleton Sports Day and Evening Bash will be on 10 June 2017; details to follow.Contact: Peter Norcliffe 01200 441025 or 07805 714217.
The 2017 Grindleton Horticultural Show will take place on Sunday 27 August 2017. The Schedule, Entry Form and Notes on the event can be downloaded from here.
The Village Diary lists the principal village events, including notable public events at the Pavilion; the Village Diary is here. It does not list regular monthly or weekly events such as WI meetings and church services.
St. Ambrose Parish Church events are principally on the Churches web-page.
On this website
310,000 sheep in Bowland
Some of the features available are:
- Download Parish Council minutes, the Parish Plan, Parish Actions and other documents related to the Council's desire to strengthen its links with the community;
- View the Village Diary;
- View a list of activities available in the village and other local communities;
- Get advice on the ways to contact the police and our Emergency Community Support Office;
- Support the Recreation Ground Charity by attending publicised fund-raising events;
- Acquire information on outdoor activities, and view a gallery of the village and fells;
- Through Google mapping, view and navigate active satellite images and maps of the area;
- A history of the village and download our village Heritage Trail.
An abridged history
Grindleton is one of a series of villages on a terrace above the River Ribble. Our neighbours are Sawley, West Bradford and Waddington. Clitheroe is about three miles away, and Chatburn is situated across the river close to the foot of Pendle Hill.
The historical character of the village is farming, and cottage-based hand-loom weaving. Grindleton is a planned Saxon village. The Main Street is linear, climbing up towards the fell, parallel to Grindleton Brook.
The village is famed for a 17th century non-conformist religious sect - the Grindletonians. Jam making was a local industry and damson trees still grow in a number of gardens.
Grindleton's mills are now gone. Gandhi visited the area in 1931 as part of his visit to the Lancashire cotton industry. He came at the invitation of the Secretary of State for India to see for himself the impact of the Indian National Congress' policy on the boycotting of English cotton goods.
The remains of Sawley Abbey are a short distance away.