FOULRIDGE (pronounced /ˈfoʊlrɪdʒ/ FOHL-rij ) is a small village
and civil parish in
Lancashire , close to the border with
North Yorkshire in
England . It is situated just beyond
Colne , on the
route from the M65 to
Skipton , and is an important stopping point on
summit pound of the
Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Leeds and Liverpool Canal , just before it enters
Noyna Hill , a well known local landmark, sits 1
mile (1.6 km) east of the village.
Foulridge was once a township in the ancient parish of Whalley. This
became a civil parish in 1866, forming part of the
District from 1894 (until 1974). A detached area of the old township
to the east around Barnside and Monkhall, moved to
Colne in 1935.
An old tale is of a cow falling into the canal at one end then
passing through the tunnel before rescue. It is said it was taken to
the nearby pub and revived with a drink. There is also a large
reservoir that feeds the canal and boating takes place on here. Barge
trips are also available on the canal.
Foulridge has been part of
Lancashire since the
Middle Ages and was
about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from the boundary of the old West Riding of
Yorkshire . With the creation of the Borough of
Pendle in 1974 parts
Yorkshire , including
Barnoldswick , were transferred to
Foulridge moved further away from the White Rose
county . There is an old village sign which used to mark the boundary
Yorkshire which has been affixed to the village hall in the
centre of Foulridge. There is a large reservoir in the village which
feeds the canal and which in turn is fed from other smaller reservoirs
around the village.
Foulridge also had its own railway station , which closed in 1959.
According to the
United Kingdom Census 2011 , the parish has a
population of 1,503, a decrease from 1,506 in the 2001 census.