Reedley Hallows, Filly Close and New Laund Booth , Lancashire Genealogy

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Chapelry History

Reedley Hallows, Filly Close and New Laund Booth is an extra-parochial place. Search surrounding parishes for records and information.

BOOTH, OLD LAUND, was a township, lying in the ancient chapelry of Newchurch-in-Pendle, and within the boundary of the Parish of Whalley, union of Burnley, Higher division of the hundred of Blackburn, N. division of the county of Lancaster, 3 miles north of Burnley. A church dedicated to St. Anne was built at Fence, in Old Laund, in 1837.[1]  

Fence St Anne was a chapelry of Whalley, Lancashire

Fence lies in the civil parish of Old Laund Booth, which was in the Hundred of Blackburn. Up until Late medieval times it lay in the Forest of Pendle, i.e. in the hunting preserve of the King. The name of the village is derived from the fact that an enclosure was erected in the area within which the King's deer were kept. This became known as the "Fence" and the community that built up around it over time took the name. In 1507 Henry VII "surrendered [the parcel called the Fence] to the use of the tenants of Higham, West Close and Goldshaw Booth, to be held by them and their heirs for ever". First mention of Fence is in a document of 1402 as 'Fens in Penhill'.

Being near Pendle Hill, Fence has a long shared history with other Pendleside villages and the Pendle Witches.


Civil Registration

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Online index of Lancashire Births, Marriages and Deaths Lancashire BMD

Lancashire Online Parish Clerks

An extremely useful resource for research in Lancashire Parishes

Church records

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Parish registers for Fence-in-Pendle, 1837-1900 Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Fence-in-Pendle is a chapelry in the parish of Whalley.
Lancashire Record Office no.: PR 3175/1/1-3, 8-9

Baptisms 1837-1900 Marriages 1838-1900
1471066 Items 13-15
Burials 1837-1899 Banns 1880-1900
1471098 Items 1-2

Bishop's transcripts for Fence-in-Pendle, 1871-1874 Microfilm of original records at the Lancashire Record Office, Preston.
Fence-in-Pendle is a chapelry in the parish of Whalley.

Baptisms and burials, 1871-1874.
1469069 Item 18

Census records for details of public houses in the 1881 census

Poor Law Unions

Burnley Poor Law Union,Lancashire

Probate records

Records of wills, administrations, inventories, indexes, etc. were filed by the court with jurisdiction over this parish. Go to Lancashire Probate Records to find the name of the court having primary jurisdiction. Scroll down in the article to the section Court Jurisdictions by Parish.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Web sites

Add any relevant sites that aren’t mentioned above. for further information about the Pendle Witch trials. Fence in Pendle contains living descendants of one of those executed for witchcraft.

== Reference

  1. A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis (1848), pp. 302-305. URL: Date accessed: 20 July 2010.