Place:Low Bowland Forest, West Riding of Yorkshire, England

NameLow Bowland Forest
Alt namesBowland Forest Lowsource: Wikipedia
Low Bowland-Forestsource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates53.91°N 2.49°W
Located inWest Riding of Yorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Also located inYorkshire, England     ( - 1974)
Lancashire, England     (1974 - )
See alsoBowland Rural, West Riding of Yorkshire, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Ribble Valley (borough), Lancashire, Englanddistrict municipality in which it has been situated since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Low Bowland Forest is now a civil parish in the Ribble Valley District of Lancashire, England, covering some 5500 acres of the Forest of Bowland. Before 1974, it formed part of Bowland Rural District in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Historically, Low Bowland Forest was in the ecclesiastical parish of Slaidburn in Staincliffe Wapentake. According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 168.

The parish includes the hamlets of Whitewell and Cow Ark (both re-directed here). From northwards clockwise, it borders the civil parishes of Newton-in Bowland, Bashall-Eaves, Aighton Bailey and Chaigley, Bowland-with-Leagram and High Bowland Forest.


The civil parish of Low Bowland Forest was created from the township of Low Bowland Forest (in the ancient parish of Whalley) in 1866. In 1938, two geographically non-contiguous areas, called Harrop and Countess Flat (both re-directed here) were transferred to Grindleton and Slaidburn.

TD Whitaker writing in 1818 states: "Harrop, Countess Flat, near Slaidburn, part of Burholme, and Browsholme, are within the parish of Whalley; and the same part of Burholme, with Browsholme and Little Bowland, constitute the Chapelry of Whitewell." (from An history of the original parish of Whalley, and honor of Clitheroe, p234)

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