© Pendle Forest History Group 2017 webfactorynw.co.uk Pendle Forest is a fascinating melting pot of people, places, events  and industries with a rich history going back several thousands of  years.  From neolithic settlements and iron age discoveries, through the  dark and middle ages, the religious and social persecution of the  infamous 17th Century Lancashire Witches and the transition from  agriculture  to industry, Pendle Forest has seen many varied  influences. The Pendle Forest History Group has been formed by members to  provide the opportunity to discuss and discover more of the local  history in the area. We have already researched, investigated and  collected a significant number of relevant documents and  established data on a number of important and interesting sites. But  there are still so many more.   However, we must point out that as we are a group of amateur local  history enthusiasts rather than genealogy experts, we are unable to undertake specific requests  relating to individual family history.  We are supported by The Forest Of Bowland Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (FOB AONB) www.forestofbowland.com who have provided funding from the National Lottery to allow us to access professional archaeological services from Oxford Archaeology North (OAN) www.oxfordarch.co.uk for landscape investigation and data recording.