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Wheatley Lane, Lancashire

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Wheatley Lane
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Wheatley Lane Inghamite Church
Wheatley Lane is located in the Borough of Pendle
Wheatley Lane
Wheatley Lane
Location in Pendle Borough
Wheatley Lane is located in Lancashire
Wheatley Lane
Wheatley Lane
Location within Lancashire
OS grid referenceSD835381
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CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBURNLEY
Postcode districtBB12
Dialling code01282
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53°50′20″N 2°15′04″W / 53.839°N 2.251°W / 53.839; -2.251

Wheatley Lane is a village in Pendle, Lancashire, England. It is close to Nelson, Barrowford and Burnley. It lies to the north of the A6068 road, known locally as the Padiham bypass, or "The New Road".

Wheatley Lane is an extended village consisting of a ribbon development along 'Wheatley Lane Road'[1] and abuts the sister village of Fence. The present village has now effectively absorbed the original hamlets of Wheatley Lane and Higher & Lower Harpers.

Historically, it lies in Old Laund Booth, in the Hundred of Blackburn. Up until Late Mediaeval times it lay in the Forest of Pendle, the hunting preserve of the King.

The older properties on the village consist largely of small stone-built cottages, with some later Victorian terraces and some 1950s council properties. Since the 1960s the remaining open fields on either side of the road have been developed for housing. There is unbroken countryside with walking country to the North to Pendle Hill and surrounding areas.

There is a Methodist Chapel and attached primary school in the village, and to the east, on the edge of the village, one of the few remaining Inghamite Chapels,[2][3] which has an extensive graveyard. It is the burial place of Thomas Whitham who won the Victoria Cross in 1917.

Local tradition has it that the Harpers Inn, a local hostelry, was also originally built as a Methodist Chapel, but when the money ran out, it was sold and completed as a pub. The original name was the 'Who'd have thought it'.

Sports are catered for by Pendle Forest Sports Club.

Wheatley Lane has links with the Pendle Witches. In 1633, Edmund Robinson of Wheatley Lane reported that he had been taken by a witch to a barn at Hoarstones[4] where he had seen 40 witches engaged in various devilish activities. He subsequently identified 19 witches and they were sent to trial in 1634, including Jenet Davies, a witness at the 1612 trial, and the daughter-in-law of Alice Nutter (one of the previous Pendle Witches). However, the judge deferred sentence and sent seven of them to London for further examination; only three survived the ordeal. After an enquiry all 19 were acquitted and Robinson later admitted that the story was a fabrication.

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  1. ^ The old road from Whalley to Barrowford, was originally called 'Wheatley Lane' (i.e. the lane to Wheatley), then as this was adopted as the village name, it became known as 'Barrowford Road'; in the 1960s it was changed by the local authorities yet again to the tautological 'Wheatley Lane Road'.
  2. ^ http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/Fence-in-Pendle/inghamite/index.html
  3. ^ http://www.thornber.net/famhist/htmlfiles/inghamite.html
  4. ^ Hoarstones was a stone circle, the site of which is now occupied by the house of the same name, although unconfirmed reports suggest that some stones were still visible up to the 1950s
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