Then & Now

Pendle Hill

The name “Pendle Hill” combines the words for hill from three different languages (as does Bredon Hill in Worcestershire) In the 13th century it was called Pennul or Penhul, apparently from the Cumbric pen and Old English hyll, both meaning “hill”. The modern English “hill” was appended later, after the original meaning of Pendle had become opaque.

Pendle Witches

The story of the Pendle witches is a notorious and well-documented example of cases brought against alleged witches in 17th-century England. The hill continues to be associated with witchcraft; large numbers of visitors climb it every Halloween, although in recent years people have been discouraged by the authorities.

Pendle Hill and the surrounding area are the setting for 1951’s classic Mist Over Pendle by Robert Neill.
On Saturday August 18, 2012, a total of 483 people amassed on Barley Green dressed as witches in order to commemorate the tragic events (The Witch Trials) of four hundred years earlier. The gathering of witches set a new Guiness World Record for the largest number of ‘witches’ assembled in one place.

Quaker Movement

In his autobiography, George Fox described a vision on Pendle Hill in 1652, during the early years of the Quakers:

“As we travelled, we came near a very great hill, called Pendle Hill, and I was moved by the Lord to go up to the top of it; which I did with difficulty, it was so very steep and high. When I was come to the top, I saw the sea bordering upon Lancashire. From the top of this hill the Lord let me see in what places he had a great people to be gathered.”

— George Fox: An Autobiography, Chapter 6

Barley Businesses

Barley Garage

A small independent Land Rover specialist, carrying out all aspects of work to an exceptionally high standard. They have a fully equipped workshop with the latest equipment to diagnose and repair any Land or Range Rover model up to the present year.

Pendle Row, Barley, BB12 9JY

01282 699695

Boothman Park Fishing

Our fishing lakes are purpose built and provide the perfect setting for a days fishing.  The lakes are fed from the hill streams. There is access for people with disabilities and visually impairments. Bream, Roach, Tench, Common Carp, Perch, Hide etc.

Boothman Park, Barley New Road, Barley, BB12 9LF.

01282 691989

Mirewater Trout Fishery

The water contains Rainbow, Brown, stocked weekly with fish averaging 2lbs. Fishery records: 21lb 14oz Rainbow, 10lb 8oz Brown.

Ing Ends Farm, Barley, Nelson, BB9 6LJ

01282 613819

Chapel & Church

Barley Chapel

A small methodist chapel nestled at the foot of Pendle Hill. We are an active friendly church in the heart of a beautiful village, welcoming people of all ages. Come and be part of the church family. Barley Chapel welcomes all to worship every Sunday.

A small methodist chapel nestled at the foot of Pendle Hill. We are an active friendly church in the heart of a beautiful village, welcoming people of all ages. Come and be part of the church family. Barley Chapel welcomes all to worship every Sunday.

St. Mary’s, Newchurch

A chapel of ease is recorded on the site in 1250. In 1544 a later chapel was dedicated here by the Bishop of Chester. On the west face of the tower is a curious oval ‘window’ known locally as the all seeing “eye of God”. Its true origin is not known.

St. Mary’s Church, Newchurch in Pendle, BB12 9JR