Sawley, Ribble Valley

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West Riding
Grid reference: SD776465
Location: 53°54’50"N, 2°20’28"W
Population: 345  (2011)
Post town: Clitheroe
Postcode: BB7
Dialling code: 01200
Local Government
Council: Ribble Valley
Ribble Valley

Sawley is a village and civil parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, situated in the Ribble Valley. The population of the civil parish was 305 at the 2001 census, rising to 345 at the 2011 census.[1] Historically an extra-parochial area, it is situated north-east of Clitheroe in neighbouring Lancashire. It is not to be confused with another Sawley in the West Riding near Ripon.

The parish adjoins the those of Bolton-by-Bowland, Paythorne, Gisburn, Rimington, Downham, Chatburn and Grindleton.


Historically, Sawley fell under the Earl of Northumberland's Percy fee rather than being part of the powerful neighbouring Lordship of Bowland.[2] Sawley Abbey, a ruined abbey of Cistercian monks, is in the village. The abbey was founded in 1147 and dissolved in 1536.[3] By the early 17th-century, the manor had come into the possession of James Hay, who in 1615 was created Lord Hay of Sawley, and later 1st Earl of Carlisle.[4]

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