The history and beauty of Bowland uncovered

The Forest of Bowland
The Forest of Bowland
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A splendid account of the history of the Lordship of Bowland was unveiled for members of the Clitheroe Civic Society.

None other than William, the Lord of Bowland himself, was the speaker and he whisked his audience back to times of the Domesday Book and before, then forward through the centuries to the present day.

He told of intrigue, interesting characters and the complicated history of the Liberty of the Forest , the Forest Courts, the King's men and the 12 manors of Bowland.

Familiar names such as Waddington and West Bradford were mentioned and members heard of the Master Foresters and bowbearers which are now long since gone.

To modern day times, and the story was shared of the rediscovery of the lordship, with the Bowbearer and Chief Steward being revived. The reasons why such time and care has been taken, by his Lordship, with the project, were explained. Above all, the passion for Bowland shone through an evening of delight in such a special place and its traditions.

The next meeting will be held on Monday ( November 7th) at 7-30pm and Ginnie Aighton's talk, “What about the jam, darling? ”will focus on letters between her parents during the Second World War.

Held at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Chamber in Church Street, it is open to all, with just a small charge for non-members and this includes tea or coffee and biscuits.