Church of St Peter & St Paul in Bolton-
Old Friends of Bolton-by-Bowland
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March 2012 - Hello, I have found your interesting site about Bolton by Bowland, when searching for ancestors named Tomlinson, Walker, Parkinson and Cocket.  It appears that many lived at Hungrill and  'Sawley Abbey' - does anyone know if there were residences within the Abbey grounds? Thank you Doreen Osuch


Feb 2012 - Hello, A relative of mine has traced our family ancestry back to Bolton by Bowland, where the Carr family farmed for a few generations (1622-1800) before emigrating to Canada. Wendy Carr


Nov 2011 - Hello Gawin,I came across your website Bolton-By-Bowland by chance the other day whilst searching for further information on my great grandfather. My name is Craig Pinder and my great grandfather was called Samuel Pinder. He died in France during the first world war in 1918 and to my amazement is named on the roll of honour list on your village's great war monument. Over previous years I have been trying to trace my family tree and Samuel has been quite a tricky one due to slight contradictions in age and place of birth, however Bolton-By-Bowland has never cropped up. Do you know if i'll be able to get any information from the village about Samuel and the circumstances of his name on the monument? I am thrilled with this find, especially as your village is only 25 miles away from where I live in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, and that each year we remember him on remembrance Sunday. King regards, Craig


October 2011 Hi Gawin, I have been looking at the Bolton by Bowland website. A really interesting and very comprehensive site. I am tracing my family tree and have found that my great aunts son is listed on the Bolton by Bowland memorial. He was James Parker Metcalfe. His parents were Mary Ann and Thomas Metcalfe, living at Gills Farm.  Mary Ann was Mary Ann Parker from Coalbrookdale in Shropshire before marriage. My grand mother Sarah was one of her younger sisters. James was given his mothers maiden name as his second name. James was one of 16 children, a number of the children were born after he died. You have asked for anyone with more information to get in touch, i thought I would send you the link to Cravens Part In The Great War. There is a photo of James and more details which may be of use to you, particularly the photo. If you wish to know any more details of his family I would be happy to pass on what I have. Kind Regards Sue Griffiths


I would just like to congratulate you on a wonderfull site ,i am researching my family history and due to the fact that you have put the pariish records on line i have been able to trace back to the late 1500s in a straight line from the birth of my 2 x Great Grandfather back to the tenth which is no mean feat although idid have a little help from a 3rd cousin which i did not know existed untill about 5 weeks ago .Although it was me who found your site . I will be visiting as soon as we can get a little decent weather .Again thank you
Judith Howell (Mrs) e-mail


I've been reading the website on Bolton Hall and the Pudsey's and the genealogy. Our Family in Essex of Pudney starts with Roger Podeney and the descendants changed the name to Pudney. I know the Pudsey's in York were often known as Podesey or Podesay. Roger Podeney was a knight for the King in the 1300's. and was given essex as his duty in service to collect tax. He is on record of living in Rayne, Essex at Pudney farm in the late 1300s. I'm trying to link him with Roger Pudsey who was born in the 1300's. They both share the same birthdate. There were quite a few Pudney's who were ministers. Also the names of Roger Podeney's children seem to fit his brothers and family. I'm just wondering if there are any records at all on Roger Pudsey who would be a brother of the John Pudsey mentioned Ralph would have been his nephew. Debbie has also provided 2 interesting links to the Pudsays:1) The history & antiquities of Pudsey (1887) (Takes couple of minutes to load: pages 15 to 17 are of interest) 2) Pudney links. Debbie Pine


I also used to live in B x B 1951 to 1971 and lived in Yew Tree Cottage. Here I am in Australia finding your site and visiting childhood haunts with happy memories. Even seeing old friends (Barbara Robinson now Lee) sending you messges. I must be getting old enjoying stuff like this. Thanks for making the site. David Webb


Have just found your website and think the photos look super. I am researching family history and there seem to have been at least 3 generations of Blackburns from BBB. Do you happen to know where the old Church records are now kept? I am trying to persuade other family members to take a trip to the village next Sunday. Hope the weather is good. Happy New Year E Thornton


Hello, I have been very interested to find your wonderful Web-site. I am researching my Gt. Grandfather - William T BULCOCK, who was brought up , in the late 1800's, in BBB,by his grandparents, William and Mary WILKINSON. He became an apprentice blacksmith at Bolton Hall and married Mary H BUTTERWORTH, a servant at the Rectory ,in 1889. I wonder if anyone has knowledge of the BULCOCK / WILKINSON family or of life in the Old Hall or Rectory during this period? Thank you. My email address is :


I was born in Bolton-By-Bowland and lived there from 1942-----1975. I still have a great affection for the village,the Church where I was christened,confirmed and had a blessing at my marriage. I do try to go back to some of the events not living too far away at Billington. I am really e-mailing you to say how much I enjoy looking at the B-By-B web-site and what a credit it is to you, all the news is up to date the pictures are stunning and I feel proud to have lived in such a beautiful village. Thankyou and keep up the good work. Barbara (Lee) nee Robinson.


Thank you all for a great website. I have many memories of Bolton by Bowland as I visited my aunt and uncle, Rene and Tony Holmes, many times. Although no longer with us it was good to see their cricket trophy is still being presented annually. It was also good to see the war memorial looking so well, another of Tony's pleasures. Your village is very beautiful. Regards Kathleen Wattie


I've just spend a very enjoyable half hour following your virtural tour of Bolton by Bowland. The photos are excellent and so is your narration. I would love to visit there someday. Wilkinson is one of my ancestral family names through a marriage in 1771 between Mary Wilkinson (from Bolton by Bowland) and John Lambert from Horton. Thanks again for the lovely tour as well as for the rest of your excellent website. Yours, Venita Homepage: Family History and Other Fascinations


Dear Roger, I am looking for a map of Bolton By Bowland between 1500-1650 that will show the farms in the area. Alternatively, would you know where I could get one? I am also looking for a copy of the sale in 1567 by Sir Henry Darcy of half of the manor of Bolton for £400 consisting of 2500 acres , 20 cottages to Richard Walker of Fooden (Fowden), Reginald (Regnoldus) Parker (deer park) of Thomcyholme died 28 Nov 1581, Ralph (Radulphi) Walker of Hungrill, Henry (Henrici) Scott (Scotte) of Henry Broxup and John (Joh'nis) Butterfield. My maiden name was Walker and my family lived at Newhurst Farm in Bolton by Bowland until 1969. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Heather Hearty


Just writing to thank you for all your hard work on the village web site. I found the war memorial pages very moving. I'm in Korea now, but its great to be able to stay touch. Thanks again, James Taylorin


Thank you for your great website. What a beautiful village Bolton-by-Bowland is, I hope to visit it one day. I have been researching a friend's family, and travelling back in time, I have discovered that an ancestor of this family,Joseph Blackburn, was born at Bolton. It's been an exciting journey, starting in Leicester in the last century, and ending in the villages and towns of West Yorkshire in the Victorian era. I can't claim to be an 'Old Friend' of the village, but perhaps my friend may have that distinction as a descendant of an old Bolton family? Regards, Sue Shenton (Leicestershire)


Hi Roger, We’ve just been looking at the B-B-B site, it’s great. My Grandma, (Helen Stordy) used to live in The Bungalow at CopyNook, just opposite the pub. Sadly she died a few years ago so we haven’t been up to CopyNook or B-B-B since, (we live near Epsom in Surrey). Although The Bungalow was sold, we kept the field behind The Bungalow (the one that also backed on what used to be the garage on the corner opposite the pub). If you have any recent photos of The Bungalow and our field, it would be fascinating to see them. I used to play in the little brook up at Holden (where we caught sticklebacks) and in the larger stream down at the bottom of Gran’s field towards B-B-B, you have pictures of them both on your site. Gran’s field is a great place to find huge field mushrooms, which we used to collect and cook in her aga. Mum & Dad were married in the B-B-B church and both my brother and I were christened there and that was where Gran’s final service was too. It’s lovely to be able to see the village from afar, keep up the good work! Sally & John Salter


Dear Roger, I am currently working on a book about ghosts, witches & boggarts in Pendle & the Ribble Valley ( for Tempus Publishing) and would like to include Bolton-By- Bowland. I have only been able to collect limited info re the Pudsey family, but note that Bolton Hall once had a 'Ghost Room'. If you, or any local historians, could advise me of any tales of this nature (or if the village pubs are haunted) I would love to hear from them. Best Wishes, Jacqueline Davitt.p.s. I live in Barrowford, so would be able to come over if people would prefer to speak to me in person. Jaqueline Davitt


I am working on my second mystery and would like to use Bolton-by-Bowland as the setting for part of the book. My husband is from Oldham, so he is almost a 'local' and we will be moving back home sometime in the Autumn, but the book will be on the shelves by then. The first novel has a cliff-hanger in it and if I don't get the second book done soon, my readers will have my hide! I can't wait until they see the second book also has a cliff-hanger ending! But, after all, it IS a trilogy!! Do you think this would be acceptable to the folks in the village? The website has convinced me of how beautiful the village is and it would be a perfect setting for a manor house and working farm. Can you think of a name for an ancestral home? If you feel this would work, please let me know. I will be putting in a mention to the village and its web site (and your assistance, of course) in the acknowledgments, so it could bring in a little business. You may have to bring this before the Council and that's fine. I always ask permission before I use something. Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to hearing from you. By the way, the book is called "Broken" and if I work this right, I am going to try for a movie or a series. Now wouldn't that be interesting? Toodlepip, Karin Ficke CookA


First let me congratulate everyone on an excellent Web Site. My interest in BBB is via my family history.I have discovered that there were 5 families of Whitaker in the village in the early to mid 19C. Three / four were my ancestors. Thomas and Betty Whitaker and family were tenant farmers at New Ing 1809-1828 his brother James and wife Lettice farmed at Holden Green over same time period and brought up a family of 8 and I have traced from them descendants in America and Australia. Thomas's son James farmed at Bolton Hall farm from at least 1840 to 1851. But my ancestor that I find the most interesting is Thomas's daughter Ellen who was a spinster but had 3 illegitamate children and as well as living at Bolton Hall was tenant of the Red Lion from at least 1851 -1865. She must have been quite a character !!!!!! I have visited BBB on 2/3 occasions in researching my ancestors and have found it a lovely place. If anyone has old photographs or information on the properties or indeed the people I have mentioned I would much appreciate it. My e-mail address is All the best Ian Whitaker


Hello from Canada, Saw your very interesting article about the spread of Knotweed, we have some in Ontario where I live but because of our cold winters, it seems to be kept in control. I know they have big problems with it in the milder provinces like Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as well as British Columbia, they can't seem to control it either. Good luck with it. Now, I just wondered if you knew of anyone who would like to swap gardening notes with me on a very casual basis, we could compare our different growing climates etc., Or if you know of a Gardening club that has a website you could perhaps send it to me.
Thanks so much, Ann


Hello, Thank you all for a great website. I have many memories of Bolton by Bowland as I visited my aunt and uncle, Rene and Tony Holmes, many times. Although no longer with us it was good to see their cricket trophy is still being presented annually. It was also good to see the war memorial looking so well, another of Tony's pleasures. Your village is very beautiful. Regards Kathleen Wattie


Hi, My name is John Hartley, and I now live in Vancouver, Canada. Through the BBC website I found your site and must say how much I admire it. My late mother was a Wilkinson and the family had the Coach & Horses, the New Inn in Gisburn and the Starkie Arms in Clitheroe. In pre second war days I would spend my school holidays at the Coach & Horses and for eight weeks would have a marvellous time. The slaughter house and butchers shop was run by my cousin, who also played for Blackburn Rovers a few times way back and we used to deliver meat around the village and I remember selling programmes for the Show every year held on my uncles field. I have lived in Vancouver now since 1977 and must say that I visit your website regularly to bring back happy memories of those days years ago (I am now 82 years of age and still going strong thanks to those ealy days), once again congratulations on a superb site, Sincerely John Hartley.