Foulridge

FOULRIDGE, a township, in the parish of Whalley, union of Burnley, Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 1ΒΌ mile (N.) from Colne; containing 1458 inhabitants. This place, anciently Folrigge, was held by John de Grigleston, in the reign of King John, of the Earl of Lincoln. In the 15th of Edward II., John de Thornhill held the manor; and by marriage with his daughter, Sir Henry Saville became possessed of the property in 1404. John Pollard was seised of it in the 6th of James I., and Margery Emmott was owner of the manor in the 7th of the following reign of Charles. The township adjoins the county of York, its northern boundary, and comprises about 1400 acres of land: the neighbourhood is remarkable for its interesting scenery. This is the highest point, or head level, of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, for the supply of which, in seasons of drought, here are two spacious reservoirs.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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