St Peter's Church, Simonstone
Shown within Ribble Valley
Location within Lancashire
Population1,154 (2011) [1]
OS grid referenceSD775345
Civil parish
  • Simonstone
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBURNLEY
Postcode districtBB12
Dialling code01282
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
53°48′22″N 2°20′35″W / 53.806°N 2.343°W / 53.806; -2.343Coordinates: 53°48′22″N 2°20′35″W / 53.806°N 2.343°W / 53.806; -2.343

Simonstone is a small village and civil parish in the Ribble Valley district of Lancashire, England. The population of the civil parish taken at the 2011 census was 1,154.[1] It is about 4 miles (6 km) west of Burnley and south of Pendle Hill and Clitheroe along the A671 road. The village adjoins the village of Read, Lancashire and neighbours Padiham.


St Peter's CE Church is the local Church of England building in the village and was founded in 1841. The interior of the building is modern and part is also used as the school hall and gym during the week. The building dates from 1879 and was originally a National School.[2]

The Higher Trapp Hotel is part of the Best Western chain of hotels.[3] It was originally built in the early 1900s as a private house, and now converted into a country hotel with 29 bedrooms.

Simonstone railway station was south of the village and closed in 1957.

Granville Technology Group was based in the village, until its closure in 2005.


Simonstone was once a township in the ancient parish of Whalley. This became a civil parish in 1866, forming part of the Burnley Rural District from 1894 to 1974.[4] With the creation of the new local government districts in 1974 Simonstone was included in Borough of Burnley. However, after a public campaign and Boundary Commission review completed in 1985, it subsequently became part of the Borough of Ribble Valley. During the process the neighbouring civil parish of Northtown was abolished with part transferred to Simonstone, and small adjustments occurred to the boundaries with Padiham and Altham along the river.[5]

Together with Read, the parish forms the Read and Simonstone ward of Ribble Valley Borough Council. [6][7]


Huntroyde Hall

Main article: Huntroyde Hall

Huntroyde Hall was originally built for Edmund Starkie in the 16th-century and has since been modified many times. Its estate, Huntroyde Demesne (known locally as 'Huntroyde') separates Simonstone from Padiham. The house remained in the ownership of the Starkie family until 1983.

Simonstone Hall

The Hall dates from the 17th century and was originally the home of the Whitaker family. It is a privately owned listed building.[8][9] The house was substantially re-built in the 18th century as an early example of Jacobean revival architecture.[10] Ancillary buildings include a 17th-century barn and an 18th-century stables.


St Peter's CE Primary School is the village's only school, with around 120 pupils. The school hosts several village events throughout the year, including the 'School Gala' (or Summer Fair) held late in June. The village is in the catchment area of the Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

See also


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Simonstone Parish (1170215131)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Hartwell, Clare (revision) (2009). The Buildings of England – Lancashire: North. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. pp. 611–613. ISBN 978-0-300-12667-9.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Tree planting marks anniversary of Higher Trapp hotel". Clitheroe Advertiser & Times. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Simonstone Tn/CP through time". GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Local Government Boundary Commission For England Report No. 5O5" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission For England. October 1985. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Read and Simonstone". MARIO. Lancashire County Council. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Read and Simonstone". Ordnance Survey Linked Data Platform. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 26 March 2016.
  8. ^ Freethy, Ron (24 July 2007). "Tourist guide to Simonstone". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  9. ^ "Detailed Record: Simonstone Hall". English Heritage. 2007. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  10. ^ Pevsner (2009), pp. 490–496