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Great Mitton

Coordinates: 53°50′46″N 2°26′06″W / 53.846°N 2.435°W / 53.846; -2.435

Great Mitton

The Three Fishes
Population 205  (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SD715385
Civil parish Great Mitton
District Ribble Valley
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BB7
Dialling code 01254/01200
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Ribble Valley
List of places

Great Mitton is a village and a civil parish in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, England.[1] It is separated from the civil parish of Little Mitton by the River Ribble, both lie about 3 miles from the town of Clitheroe. In total, Great and Little Mitton cover less than 2000 acres of the Forest of Bowland, making it the smallest township in the Forest.

Great Mitton has an ancient church, , an ancient manor house and a pub, The Three Fishes, where in former times manorial courts were held. A second pub,The Aspinall Arms, sits across the Ribble in Little Mitton.

The ancient parish of Mitton took its name from the Old English, being a settlement at the mythe, the confluence of the Hodder and Ribble Rivers.


The Domesday manor of Mitton encompassed both Great and Little Mitton, straddling lands on both sides of the Ribble. From the late eleventh century, it fell under the Lordship of Bowland, the Lords of Bowland being lords paramount of a Royal Forest and a Liberty of ten manors spanning eight townships and four parishes and which covered an area of almost 300 square miles (780 km2) on the historic borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire. The manors within the Liberty were Slaidburn (Newton-in-Bowland, West Bradford, Grindleton), Knowlmere, Waddington, Easington, Bashall Eaves, Mitton, Withgill (Crook), Leagram, Hammerton and Dunnow (Battersby).[2]

Mitton was a mesne manor from the early twelfth century. Its first lord, Radulphus le Rus, may have been a scion of the de Lacy family. Descendants of Radulphus assumed the surname de Mitton. In the late thirteenth century, the family adopted the surname Sherburne by marriage, thereby laying the foundation for the dynasty of Shireburne of Stonyhurst. The manor passed out of Shireburne ownership in the fourteenth century but was re-acquired in 1665. With the extinction of the Shireburne male line in 1717, the manor passed to the Hawksworth and finally, Aspinall families.[3]

The manor of Withgill (Crook) lay within the boundaries of the township of Mitton but was small (around 40 acres in 1258). It was held by the de Bury family until the late fourteenth century. The Singletons held the manor from 1379-1503 after which it passed to the family of Sir William Leyland and finally, the Tyldesleys. The Tyldesleys, leading Jacobites, forfeited the manor for their role in the 1715 Preston Rebellion.[3]

The historical Parish of Great Mitton comprised the townships of Old Laund Booth, and Aighton, Bailey and Chaigley in Blackburnshire, and the chapelries of Grindleton and Waddington, and townships of Bashall Eaves, West Bradford in Staincliffe and Mitton itself which straddled the two.[4]


The civil parish of Great Mitton was created from the ancient township with the same name in 1866.[5]

Great Mitton was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until its abolition in 1974. The parishe currently shares a parish council with the neighbouring civil parishs of Bashall Eaves and Little Mitton.


Main article: All Hallows Church, Great Mitton

All Hallows Church (previously known as the Church of St Michael) was built in the 13th century, with 15th and 16th century additions. It contains Shireburne of Stonyhurst family tombs. Since 1954, it has been designated a Grade I listed building by English Heritage.[6]



External links

  • Neighbourhood Statistics for Great Mitton (CP)

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