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History


church signBooth Parish has a long history related to the people, the buildings and the rural landscape.  Some local families have lived and farmed in the area for many generations.  The historic economy of Goldshaw Booth is closely linked to sheep farming, wool and cloth production.

British History Online has an entry for Goldshaw Booth written in 1911 which gives an account of much earlier times.

A guide to  the Industrial Archaeology  of Padiham and District by Mike Rothwell (ISBN 1 897605 02 1) Bridgestone Press 2004 has a section on Goldshaw Booth relating to the weaver's cottages in Newchurch and a brief history of Spenbrook Mill.

There was a Chapel-of-ease on the site of  
St. Mary's Church in 1250  and a later chapel was dedicated by John Bird, Bishop of Chester, in 1544. Newchurch was then in the Diocese of Chester. The tower is the earliest part of the present church which was restored in 1653. The rest of the present building was constructed in about 1740.

The school was opened in 1876  and some interesting facts about St. Mary's School can be found on the school website.

Many interesting old houses and farms are to be found in Goldshaw Booth such as Sabden Great Hall in Sabden Fold. The Parish Council hold an illustrated survey of the properties in the parish.

Pendle Forest History Group have researched evidence of the prehistoric occupation of our
parish.
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