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Goldshaw Booth 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.
St Mary’s school was opened in 1876 and some interesting facts about it 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. They meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm in Barley Village Hall and you can join the members at these regular meetings or on any of the activities they organise.