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History of Bolton-by-Bowland
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Bowland Archer


Bolton-by-Bowland was in the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when it transferred to the administrative county of Lancashire. The Bowland Archer was a feature atop the old Bowland Rural District Council signposts.

It is a fanciful Victorian idea that Bowland was named after bow-men. “Bolland” as it used to be known, comes either from Old Norse meaning “cattle land”, or from Old English interpreted as “bow or bend in a river” - perhaps the Hodder valley or the Ribble south of Bolton-by-Bowland.