Waddington is a small village and civil parish in the very west of the West Riding of Yorkshire, close to the border with Lancashire. It is situated two miles north-west of its post town, Clitheroe in the latter county. The civil parish corresponds to the township of the extensive ancient parish of Mitton. Its population at the 2011 census was 1,028. The civil parish covers approximately 2,000 acres of the Forest of Bowland.
It is home to both an Anglican church and a Methodist church, a social club (Waddington Club) with bowling green, a café, a post office, a playing field on which both cricket and football are played. Also, within the village there are three popular pubs, the Lower Buck Inn, the Higher Buck and the Waddington Arms.
Waddington was a mesne manor 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 borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire. The manors within the Liberty were Slaidburn (Newton-in-Bowland, West Bradford, Grindleton), Knowlmere, Waddington, Easington, Bashall Eaves, Mitton, Withgill (Crook), Leagram, Hammerton and Dunnow (Battersby).
The Tempests were lords of the manor of Waddington from at least the early thirteenth century. The family is credited with endowing the parish church at Waddington. One of their number, Sir Nicholas Tempest, a Bowbearer of the Forest of Bowland, was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn in 1537 for his part in the Pilgrimage of Grace.
Following his defeat in the Battle of Hexham during the Wars of the Roses, King Henry VI was sheltered by Lancastrian supporters at houses across the north of England. Following stays at Muncaster Castle on the Cumberland coast and at nearby Bolton Hall, he lived at Waddington Hall for about a year until he was captured by Yorkist followers in 1464.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11130056&c=Waddington&d=16&e=62&g=6442477&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1453549480078&enc=1. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
- "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)
- RW Hoyle, The Pilgrimage of Grace and the Politics of the 1530s (Oxford University Press 2001)
- Elizabeth Ashworth, The Capture of Henry VI
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