Place:Briercliffe, Lancashire, England

Alt namesBriercliffe with Extwistlesource: name of former township
Briercliffe-with-Extwistlesource: hyphenated
Extwistlesource: Family History Library Catalog
Cockdensource: settlement in parish
Haggatesource: settlement in parish
Harle Sykesource: settlement in parish
Lane Bottomsource: settlement in parish
Roggerhamsource: settlement in parish
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates53.81°N 2.19°W
Located inLancashire, England
See alsoBlackburn Hundred, Lancashire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Whalley, Lancashire, Englandancient parish in which it was located
Burnley Rural, Lancashire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Burnley (borough), Lancashire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been located since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Briercliffe (#4 on the map) (or Briercliffe with Extwistle) is a civil parish in the borough of Burnley, in Lancashire, England. It is situated 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Burnley centre. Prior to 1974, the parish was in Burnley Rural District.

The parish contains suburbs of Burnley, including Harle Syke and Haggate (redirected here), and the rural area northeast of the town. Hamlets in the parish include Cockden, Lane Bottom and in the Extwistle area, the tiny hamlet of Roggerham.

In the UK 2011 census, the parish had a population of 4,031; an increase from 3,187 in in 2001.

Image:Burnley Rural and Urban 1900 B.png

For code for numbered places, see the page for Burnley Rural District.

Extwistle Hall

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Extwistle Hall stands high on Extwistle Moor between Haggate (east of Brierfield) and the village of Worsthorne. The Hall, built of coursed sandstone on three sides of a courtyard, is now a ruin. It was built in the 16th century in the Tudor style by the Parker family who were prominent in local affairs.

Robert Parker had bought the land, which had previously belonged to Kirkstall Abbey, in 1537 after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The Parker family occupied it for some two hundred years before moving to Cuerden Hall around 1718. John Parker was High Sheriff of Lancashire for 1653 and Robert Parker for 1710. The house was remodelled in the late 18th century.

The listed Grade II* building has been unoccupied for more than twenty years and is listed in English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register.

Research Tips

  • See the Wikipedia articles on parishes and civil parishes for descriptions of this lowest rung of local administration. The original parishes (known as ancient parishes) were ecclesiastical, under the jurisdiction of the local priest. A parish covered a specific geographical area and was sometimes equivalent to that of a manor. Sometimes, in the case of very large rural parishes, there were chapelries where a "chapel of ease" allowed parishioners to worship closer to their homes. In the 19th century the term civil parish was adopted to define parishes with a secular form of local government. In WeRelate both civil and ecclesiastical parishes are included in the type of place called a "parish". Smaller places within parishes, such as chapelries and hamlets, have been redirected into the parish in which they are located. The names of these smaller places are italicized within the text.
  • Rural districts were groups of geographically close civil parishes in existence between 1894 and 1974. They were formed as a middle layer of administration between the county and the civil parish. Inspecting the archives of a rural district will not be of much help to the genealogist or family historian, unless there is need to study land records in depth.
  • Civil registration or vital statistics and census records will be found within registration districts. To ascertain the registration district to which a parish belongs, see Registration Districts in Lancashire, part of the UK_BMD website.
  • Lancashire Online Parish Clerks provide free online information from the various parishes, along with other data of value to family and local historians conducting research in the County of Lancashire.
  • FamilySearch Lancashire Research Wiki provides a good overview of the county and also articles on most of the individual parishes (very small or short-lived ones may have been missed).
  • Ancestry (international subscription necessary) has a number of county-wide collections of Church of England baptisms, marriages and burials, some from the 1500s, and some providing microfilm copies of the manuscript entries. There are specific collections for Liverpool (including Catholic baptisms and marriages) and for Manchester. Their databases now include electoral registers 1832-1935. Another pay site is FindMyPast.
  • A map of Lancashire circa 1888 supplied by A Vision of Britain through Time includes the boundaries between the parishes and the hamlets within them.
  • A map of Lancashire circa 1954 supplied by A Vision of Britain through Time is a similar map for a later timeframe.
  • GENUKI provides a website covering many sources of genealogical information for Lancashire. The organization is gradually updating the website and the volunteer organizers may not have yet picked up all the changes that have come with improving technology.
  • The Victoria County History for Lancashire, provided by British History Online, covers the whole of the county in six volumes (the seventh available volume [numbered Vol 2] covers religious institutions). The county is separated into its original hundreds and the volumes were first published between 1907 and 1914. Most parishes within each hundred are covered in detail. Maps within the text can contain historical information not available elsewhere.
  • A description of the township of Briercliffe with Extwistle from British History Online (Victoria County Histories), published 1911
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