Bolton-by-Bowland, Lancashire Genealogy

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Bolton-by-Bowland is a village and civil parish in the Ribble Valley district of Lancashire, England. Prior to 1974, the village was part of Bowland Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

In medieval times, it was known as Bolton-in-Bowland, reflecting the shifting boundaries of the ancient Forest of Bowland on whose south-east flank the village sits. The first recorded Bowbearer of the Forest of Bowland, Oughtred de Bolton, is thought have been lord of the manor in the late twelfth century. However, the manor of Bolton-by-Bowland was never included within the Lordship of Bowland, being a part of the Percy family fee from earliest times.

The village is on the Tosside Beck, near its confluence with the River Ribble. The Beck has for many centuries marked the boundary between Bowland and Craven.

The modern parish is in the Diocese of Bradford.

Parish History
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Bolton by Bowland St Peter and Paul is an Ancient Parish in the county of Yorkshire.

Other places in the parish include: Holden and Forest Beck.

Bolton Hall in Bolton by Bowland was the home of the Pudsay family.In the church of St.Peter and St.Paul in the village is a memorial to Sir Ralph Pudsay. Shown on the memorial are his three wives and twenty-five children.Just up from Bolton Hall is Fooden Hall which has a mineral spring whose waters smell of sulphur.It was said to increase fertility.

St Peter and St Paul's Church, Bolton-by-Bowland Lancashire.jpg

Civil Registration[edit | edit source]

  • Clitheroe

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Parish registers for Bolton-by-Bowland Microfilm of original records in the Lancashire Record Office, Preston, England

Lancashire Record Office no.: PR 3047/1/1-8.

The church is known as St. Peter and St. Paul.

Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1558-1653; Baptisms, burials, 1653-1689, marriages, 1653-1687, baptisms, marriages, burials, 1690-1724; Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1725-1753, baptisms, burials, 1754-1812; Baptisms, 1813-1856; Marriages, 1754-1837; Burials, 1813-1880. FHL BRITISH Film 1849647 Items 3 - 10

Bishop's Transcripts for Bolton-by-Bowland
Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976, 1994

Microfilm of original records in the Borthwick Institute, York and the West Yorkshire Archives Service, Sheepscar, Leeds.

West Yorkshire Archives Service no.: RD/RR/38

Baptisms, marriages, burials, 1600-1602, 1605, 1608-1609, 1612, 1615, 1631-1634, 1636, 1638-1640, 1663-1669, 1671-1673, 1675-1678, 1683, 1688-1689, 1691-1705, 1707-1711, 1713-1832, 1837; Baptisms, burials, 1838-1841. FHL BRITISH Film 919132 Item 1
Baptisms, burials, 1842; Burials, 1844; Baptisms, burials, 1845-1858. FHL BRITISH Film 1849272 Item 8

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Poor Law Unions[edit | edit source]

Clitheroe Poor Law Union, Lancashire

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