© Pendle Forest History Group 2017
Welcome to the Pendle Forest History Group
The Pendle Forest History Group was formed in 2007 by members from the
Pendleside villages of Roughlee, Newchurch and Barley to consider and
investigate the history of the ancient area of Pendle Forest.
Hidden away in a corner of East Lancashire is a relatively undiscovered place of natural
beauty and historical interest. Pendle Forest lies within the ancient Forest of Bowland which,
in days gone by was a hunting preserve of Norman Kings. At its heart is Pendle Hill.
There is a great deal of history relating to this fascinating region both documented and still
awaiting discovery, including that of Lancashire Witches, and their trial and execution in 1612.
We have a large variety of reports, documents and records in our archive many of which can
be forwarded electronically should you wish to see them. You are most welcome to join our
group if you wish to participate in the field trips, regular meetings and other activities or you
may have your own information about the area that you wish to share. Whatever your interest
please contact us for further details.
We meet regularly on a monthly basis in the Barley Village Hall on the third Wednesday of
each month and we have a mixture of guest speakers, activity planning and report
meetings together with field trips to consider the landscape and sites and features therein.
All welcome at any of our meetings and for more information please contact Joan Parsons
T: 01282 699580 or email
15th February: Annual General Meeting
15th March: David Johnson - Kilns of
19th April: Business Meeting
17th May: Mike Nevell - Timber Framed
Buildings in the North West
21st June: Business Meeting
19th July: Isabel Stirk - Writing in the
First World War
16th August: Business Meeting
20th September: Caroline and Ellen -
Medieval Graffiti in the North West
18th October: Business Meeting
15th November: Nick Mansfield - Food,
Farming and Farm Workers in the
20th December: Christmas Social
Barley Village Hall 7.30pm
Field Walks 2