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Grid reference: SD765445
Location: 53°53’46"N, 2°21’32"W
Population: 1,102  (2011)
Post town: Clitheroe
Postcode: BB7
Dialling code: 01200
Local Government
Council: Ribble Valley
Ribble Valley

Chatburn is a village and civil parish in eastern Lancashire, adjacent to the border with Yorkshire. The civil parish derives from the township of the ancient parish of Whalley and had a population of 1,102 in 2011.[1] It is situated in a hollow between two ridges north-east of Clitheroe, just off the A59 road. It lies near Pendle Hill, which is to the east of the village. The River Ribble flows to the west of the town, and here forms the county border. The town is approximately 400 feet above sea level.

The parish adjoins those of Grindleton, Sawley, Rimington, Downham, Worston, Clitheroe and West Bradford.


The village itself can be dated back to Anglo-Saxon times; it takes its name from one of the most distinguished characters of that time, St Chad, and having a brook (or burn) hence the name. The village sits outside the Forest of Bowland and was never considered part of the ancient Lordship of Bowland.

A feature of the village is the spire of the parish church, which was erected around 1838. The steeple was struck by lightning in 1854, but was rebuilt in the same year.

Chatburn railway station was closed in 1962 before the report of Dr Beeching.

Bold Venture lime works and quarry provided much employment for villagers for many years. It was owned by Dixon Robinson from 1837,[2] he also built the Pendle Hotel[3] and Black Bull public houses[4]

Parts of the village and surroundings featured in the 1961 film Whistle Down the Wind starring Hayley Mills and children from Chatburn Primary School.

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