Samlesbury /ˈsɑːmzbri, -bəri/ is a village and civil parish in the
South Ribble in Lancashire, England.
Samlesbury Hall, a
historic house, is located in the village as is
The village is also home to a large modern brewery owned by
Anheuser-Busch InBev. The population of the Civil Parish taken at the
2011 census was 1,206.
3 Religious buildings
8 See also
10 External links
The village's name is derived from the
Old English sceamol, meaning
ledge and burh meaning fortification, hence literally "ledge
fortification". It may also be that the name at least partly
derives from the Roman name for the
River Ribble and its eponymous
Celtic deity, Belisama.
In the 13th and 14th centuries there was fortified house near the
river, probably a stone tower, held by the Denyas family. It was
destroyed by the Scots during The Great Raid of 1322. A family
heiress, Alicia Denyas, married Gilbert de Southworth, builder of
The parish was part of
Preston Rural District throughout its existence
from 1894 to 1974. In 1974 the parish became part of South Ribble.
Samlesbury Hall is a manor house built in 1325 which has been many
things since then including a public house and girls' boarding school,
but since 1925, when it was saved from being demolished for its
timber, it has been administered by a registered charitable trust, the
Samlesbury Hall Trust. This Grade I listed medieval manor house
attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year.
Samlesbury parish church
Samlesbury parish church, like the one at nearby Walton-le-Dale, is
dedicated to St. Leonard the Less and was founded in 1096. The church
contains a Norman tub font, a medieval bell and Sir Thomas
Southworth's funerary armour dating from 1546. It also has a church
chest, a two-decker pulpit and a complete set of box pews dating from
the 17th and 18th centuries.
Roman Catholic church is St Mary and St John Southworth. There was
previously also a Wesleyan Methodist chapel.
Samlesbury benefits from having its own primary school called
Samlesbury Church of
England Primary School. The school is located
beside the Church of St Leonard the Less, on the banks of the River
Samlesbury witches—Jane Southworth, Jennet Brierley and Ellen
Brierley—were accused of child murder and cannibalism and tried at
Lancaster Assizes on 19 August 1612, in the same series of trials
as the Pendle witches. All three were found not guilty in a trial
which one historian has described as "largely a piece of anti-Catholic
Samlesbury brewery is a large modern brewery belonging to InBev. It
was completed in 1972 to brew Heineken lager for Whitbread. It
produces Boddington's Bitter, and bottled and keg Bass Pale Ale for
Samlesbury Engineering was a subsidiary of the
Corporation at Warton which was chaired by Sir Wavell Wakefield, later
Lord Wakefield of Kendal. The company specialised in bus manufacturing
but was capable of high-quality engineering.
Their workshop, where the ill-fated
Bluebird K7 was designed and
built, was on the car park behind
Bluebird K7 was the
turbo jet-engined hydroplane in which
Donald Campbell set seven world
water speed records during the 1950s and in which he was killed on
Coniston Water in 1967.
Lancashire Aircraft Corporation, together with Samlesbury
Engineering, eventually became part of what is now BAE Systems, which
today has a facility at BAE Samlesbury.
Listed buildings in Samlesbury
^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 18 January 2016.
^ Samlesbury, University of Nottingham's Institute for Name-Studies,
retrieved 18 August 2009
^ Hutton 1993, p. 218
^ Leslie Irving Gibson (1977).
Lancashire Castles and Towers. Clapham,
North Yorkshire: Dalesman Books. p. 44.
^ Preston RD, Vision of Britain, accessed 9 June 2014
Samlesbury Church of
England Primary School". samlesbury.net.
^ Hasted 1993, pp. 32–33
InBev UK - InBev)". ratebeer.com. Retrieved
^ "Made in Preston". Retrieved 2013-02-13.
Hasted, Rachel A. C. (1993), The Pendle Witch Trial 1612, Preston:
Lancashire County Books, ISBN 978-1-871236-23-1
Hutton, Ronald (1993), The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British
Isles, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 978-0-631-18946-6
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Geography of the Borough of South Ribble
Lancashire Coastal Plain