Coordinates: 53°52′08″N 2°09′50″W / 53.869°N 2.164°W / 53.869; -2.164

Borough of Pendle
The town hall in Nelson, Lancashire
The town hall in Nelson, Lancashire
Shown within Lancashire and England
Shown within Lancashire and England
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Admin. HQNelson
 • TypePendle Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Andrew Stephenson
 • Total65.4 sq mi (169.4 km2)
 • Rank172nd
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total92,112
 • RankRanked 264th
 • Density1,400/sq mi (540/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code30UJ (ONS)
E07000122 (GSS)
Ethnicity84.3% White
82.8% White British
0.9% White Other
0.6% White Irish
14.1% S.Asian
13.1% Pakistani
0.4% Indian
0.4% Other S.Asian
0.2% Bangladeshi
0.9% Mixed Race
0.5% Asian & White
0.2% Black Caribbean & White
0.2% Other Mixed
0.1% Black African & White
0.4% E.Asian and Other
0.2% Chinese
0.1% Other E.Asian
0.1% Other
0.3% Black
0.2% Black African
0.1% Black Caribbean
0.0% Other Black

Pendle is a local government district and borough of Lancashire, England. It adjoins the Lancashire boroughs of Burnley and Ribble Valley, the North Yorkshire district of Craven and the West Yorkshire boroughs of Calderdale and Bradford. It has a total population of 92,112 (mid-2019 est.).[1]

Early history

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Further information: Forest of Pendle

The name Pendle comes from the Cumbric word 'Pen' meaning hill (or head), a reference to Pendle Hill. Hence the name of the modern district derives from the prominent landmark at the west of the district, which already in the Middle Ages gave its name to the royal forest which spread to its east. Pendle Forest is still the name of a significant rural part of the district, though it has long ago ceased being a forest.

The ancient lordship of Pendle Forest has been under the Honour of Clitheroe since medieval times, and a title continues to be held by a modern version, the Barons Clitheroe.

Witch trials

The area is closely associated with the trials of the Pendle witches, among the most notorious such trials in English history.

Creation of the modern district

The current district with this name was created in 1974 as a result of local government reorganisation from the former Municipal Boroughs of Nelson and Colne, the former urban districts of Barnoldswick, Barrowford, Brierfield, Earby and Trawden, and from parts of Burnley Rural District and Skipton Rural District.

The Barnoldswick, Earby and Skipton parts are historically in the West Riding of Yorkshire. They are today referred to collectively as West Craven.

Neighbouring districts



The Pendle constituency is represented in Parliament by the Conservative Member of Parliament, Andrew Stephenson, since 2010. Since its creation in 1983 its boundaries have been coterminous with those of the borough, however the constituency boundaries were redrawn in 1997 due to local government boundary changes in the 1980s.[clarification needed]


Pendle Borough Council
Pendle Borough Council.svg
Founded15 September 1976
Mayor of Pendle
Councillor Yasser Iqbal [2], Labour
since 2022
Leader of the Council
Councillor Nadeem Ahmed [3], Conservative
since 2021
Chief Executive
Rose Rouse [4]
since 2021
Seats33 councillors
Pendle Borough Council 2022.svg
Political groups
  Conservative (17)
  Labour (10)
  Liberal Democrat (5)
  Independent (1)
First past the post

See also: Pendle Borough Council elections

Elections to the borough council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. Following a review of the ward boundaries, the total number of Councillors was reduced in 2021 from 49 to 33. Since the election in 2021, the Conservative Party have had overall control of the council and, as of the election of 2021, the council is composed of the following councillors:-[5]

Party Councillors
Conservative Party 18
Labour Party 10
Liberal Democrats 5

In 2001 changes occurred which established 20 wards in the borough and set the number of councillors to 49.[6]

Brian Cookson OBE retired in March 2013 from his position as Executive Director for Regeneration, a post he had held for nine years, in parallel (after 2007) with that of President of British Cycling.[7] Subsequently becoming the President of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for sports cycling.

In June 2017, a Conservative councilor, Rosemary Carroll,[8] was suspended after sending a racist post on social media comparing Asians to dogs. This controversy expanded after the local elections in 2018, when the councilor was readmitted into the Conservative Party, allowing the Conservative party to gain a majority on the council. The Pendle Labour party accused the Pendle Conservative Party of condoning racism after the reinstatement. The Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler, called upon the Conservative Party Chairman, Brandon Lewis, to issue a statement saying that the councilor in question would not be part of the Conservative group on the council. This followed a statement from Lewis congratulating the Pendle Conservatives on winning a majority on the council.[9][10]

In 2020 changes occurred which reduced the number of wards in the borough to 12 and the number of councillors to 33. The new wards created were: Barnoldswick, Barrowford & Pendleside, Boulsworth & Foulridge, Brierfield East & Clover Hill, Brierfield West & Reedley, Earby & Coates, Fence & Higham, Marsden & Southfield, Waterside & Horsfield, and Whitefield & Walverden.[11][12]


Ward Name   Party
Barnoldswick Thomas Whipp Liberal Democrats
Chris Church Liberal Democrats
Jenny Purcell Conservative
Barrowford and Pendleside Martin Stone Conservative
Nadeem Ahmed Conservative
Carlo Lionti Conservative
Boulsworth and Foulridge Sarah Cockburn-Price Conservative
David Cockburn-Price Conservative
Kevin Salter Conservative
Bradley Mohammad Aslam Conservative
Mohammed Iqbal MBE Independent
Mohammad Kaleem Conservative
Brierfield East and Clover Hill Naeem Hussain Ashraf Labour
Sajjed Ahmed Labour
Zafar Ali Labour
Brierfield West and Reedley Mohammad Hanif Labour
Yasser Iqbal Labour
Earby and Coates Mike Goulthorp Conservative
Rosemary Carroll Conservative
David Michael Whipp Liberal Democrats
Fence and Higham Brian Newman Liberal Democrats
Marsden and Southfield Neil McGowan Conservative
Mohammed Adnan Labour
Mohammed Ammer Labour
Vivary Bridge Kieran McGladdery Conservative
Paul McGladdery Conservative
David Albin Conservative
Waterside and Horsfield Neil Butterworth Conservative
Dorothy Elizabeth Lord Liberal Democrats
Ash Sutcliffe Conservative
Whitefield and Walverden Faraz Ahmad Labour
Ruby Anwar Labour
Asjad Mahmood Labour



The three main employers in the borough are Rolls-Royce plc, Silentnight and the Daisy Group.[citation needed]

Places in Pendle

Parishes in Pendle Borough
Parishes in Pendle Borough
Contemporary civil parish Map
Medieval jurisdiction Medieval jurisdiction Early modern jurisdiction
Barley-with-Wheatley Booth 1 Pendle Forest, manor of Ightenhill Forest of Blackburnshire Whalley, Lancashire: once a much larger parish than today.
It encompassed a large part of eastern Lancashire.
It also included areas outside Pendle.
Barrowford 3
Blacko 4
Old Laund Booth 15
Goldshaw Booth 10
Reedley Hallows 16
Roughlee Booth 17
Higham-with-West Close Booth 11
Trawden Forest 19 Trawden Forest, manor of Colne
Nelson 14 manor of Ightenhill, not in Forest Blackburnshire, not in Forest
Brierfield 6
Colne 7 manor of Colne, not in Forest
Foulridge 9
Laneshaw Bridge 13
Barnoldswick 2 Now referred to as "West Craven".
This is a part of Lancashire, which was once in the neighbouring West Riding of Yorkshire.
(Within the Wapentake of Staincliffe, Deanery of Craven.)
Bracewell and Brogden 5
Salterforth 8
Kelbrook and Sough 12
Earby 18

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Pendle.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (May 2019)


Military Units



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  7. ^ "UK cycling chief steps down from Pendle Council role". Lancashire Telegraph. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 13 March 2021.
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  9. ^ "Tories Win Pendle Council After Reinstating Councillor Suspended over Racist Joke". 4 May 2018.
  10. ^ Grierson, Jamie; Sparrow, Andrew; Rawlinson, Kevin; Sparrow, Andrew; Walker, Peter (4 May 2018). "Almost 4,000 people may have been denied vote by election ID pilots – as it happened". The Guardian.
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  14. ^ "Olympic gold medallist Steven Burke given civic honour". BBC News. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
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  16. ^ "Congratulations to Pendle's triple Olympic cycling champion". Pendle Borough Council. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
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