Bolton-by-Bowland is a picturesque village in the Ribble Valley, Forest of Bowland, Lancashire. Although prior to 1974, the village lay in ‘Bowland Rural District’ in West Riding of Yorkshire.
Bolton-by-Bowland was recorded as Bodeton in the Domesday Book in 1087. We have seen contradicting explanations about the origin of the the name. One says it is a derivative of ‘bothl-tun’, an Old English meaning of ‘enclosure with dwellings’ – which is basically a hamlet. And another simply states the name means bow by the river.
In 1464 during the ‘War of the Roses’ King Henry VI sheltered with Ralph Pudsey at Bolton Hall after his defeat by the Yorkists during the battle of Hexham. He was later captured by King Edward in 1465 and held captive in the Tower of London.
Nowadays the village is a tranquil place which has two village greens, one of which was a 13th century market cross and stocks. There is a car park, toilets, and there is a tourist information centre. The village is also a great starting point for many walking routes.