Bashall Eaves is a village and civil parish in the West Riding of Yorkshire, about four miles west of Clitheroe, Lancashire. The placename element eaves is Old English and refers to Bashall's location on the borders of the Forest of Bowland. The civil parish originates as the township of the ancient parish of Mitton.
According to the 2001 census, the civil parish of Bashall Eaves had a population of 162, increasing to 192 at the 2011 Census. It covers an area of almost 4000 acres. The village is home to The Red Pump Inn, a post office, a telephone box and a selection of farms. One mile to the east of the village is Bashall Town farm, now home to "Bashall Barn"- a farm shop/restaurant and also "Bowland Brewery". Close by Bashall Town farm is Bashall Hall.
Bashall Eaves is predominantly a privately owned country estate historically owned by the Worsley-Taylor family. The Estate is managed by Mr Christopher Orme of Strutt & Parker.
Historically, Bashall or "Beckshalgh" which means the hill by the brooks, formed part of the ancient Lordship of Bowland which comprised a Royal Forest and a Liberty of ten manors spanning eight townships and four parishes and covered an area of almost 300 sq. miles on the border of Lancashire and Yorkshire. The manors within the Liberty were Slaidburn (Newton-in-Bowland, West Bradford, Grindleton), Knowlmere, Waddington, Easington, Bashall, Mitton, Withgill (Crook), Leagram, Hammerton and Dunnow (Battersby).
The manor of Bashall was granted by Edmund de Lacy, 6th Lord of Bowland, to Thomas Talbot in 1253. It remained in the Talbot family until the early seventeenth century. The Talbot Arms at Chipping commemorates the family's close association with the town. The Taylor family were lords of the manor from 1806. There is still a fine Georgian manor house close to Bashall Eaves.
In 1934, there was a murder in the village; when detectives investigated the shooting of Jim Dawson, they were met with a "wall of silence" from local residents, and the crime is still unsolved.
- "Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Ribble Valley". Office for National Statistics. http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/viewFullDataset.do?instanceSelection=03070&productId=779&$ph=60_61&datasetInstanceId=3070&startColumn=1&numberOfColumns=4&containerAreaId=790443. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
- UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Bashall Eaves Parish (1170215094)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/sources/census_2011_ks/report?compare=1170215094. Retrieved 24 February 2018
- "Lord of the Fells, Guardian of History". Rural Life. November 2014. http://www.forestofbowland.com/files/uploads/pdfs/lord_bowland.pdf.
- Forest of Bowland official website
- Frederick George Ackerley, A History of the Parish of Mitton in the West Riding of Yorkshire (Aberdeen University Press 1947)
- "70 years on, village still refuses to reveal its murder secrets". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. 2004-10-21. http://archive.thisislancashire.co.uk/2004/10/21/463024.html. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
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