A little history
This historic Ribble Valley Inn originally the coach house of the adjacent Newton Hall which was owned by the Parker family of Brownsholme Hall in the Trough of Bowland (hence its name) is in the tiny hamlet of Newton-in-Bowland an Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire and is under the ownership of the award winning team behind Weezos restaurant of Clitheroe .
About Newton in Bowland
Newton-in-Bowland is a village in Lancashire, England. Formerly known as Newton-on-Hodder. Recorded in Domesday as Neutone. In 2001, the parish of Newton had a population of 237, according to the United Kingdom Census. The village pub – The Parker Arms – takes it names from the neighbouring Parker family of Browsholme Hall. The pub is popular with tourists and locals alike and serves Modern British food using as much locally grown produce as possible. (Wikipedia)
Historically, Newton has been a constituent part of the Liberty of Slaidburn since the twelfth century, alongside the townships of West Bradford and Grindleton. The Manor and Liberty of Slaidburn formed part of the ancient Lordship of Bowland. That Lordship comprised a Royal Forest and a Liberty of ten manors spanning eight townships and four parishes and covered an area of almost 300 square miles on the historic borders of Lancashire and Yorkshire. The manors within the Liberty of Bowland were Slaidburn, Knowlmere, Waddington, Easington, Bashall, Mitton, Withgill (Crook), Leagram (Bowland-with-Leagram), Hammerton and Dunnow (Battersby).
In 2009, it was reported that Charles Towneley Strachey, 4th Baron O’Hagan had stepped forward on behalf of the Towneley family to claim the title of 15th Lord of Bowland. Previously, the Lordship had been thought lost or in the possession of the Crown having disappeared from the historical record in late nineteenth century. The Towneleys had owned the Bowland Forest Estate from 1835 and it transpired that the title had been retained by an extinct family trust. Controversially, Lord O’Hagan went on to sell the Lordship of Bowland at auction. The 16th Lord of Bowland was later revealed to be a Cambridge University don.
The title to the Manor and Liberty of Slaidburn was bought by Tory MP, Ralph Assheton, later 1st Baron Clitheroe, in 1950. The present-day Lord of the Manor and Liberty of Slaidburn, West Bradford and Grindleton is Thomas Assheton, nephew of the 2nd Baron Clitheroe.
The modern day Parkers Arms advocates British cooking using the finest local Bowland produce. Hand pulled cask ales including local brews from the nearby Bowland Brewery near Clitheroe, a selected wine list, roaring log fires in the winter and stupendous Hodder river and valley views from our extensive lawns and letting rooms. This Inn is the nearest hostelry to the centre of the Kingdom Dunsop Bridge in The Ribble Valley, a haven for walking, fishing or just relaxing, Parkersarms Country Inn is the ideal stop for eating out. Fabulous Lancashire food, great real ale, and a warm welcome awaits you.