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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Historic Churches in Ribble Valley

St Peter and St Paul Bolton by Bowland Church


It is likely that the first church on the site was built in the 12th Century. However, the present church dates from the mid - 15th Century when Sir Ralph Pudsay embarked on a major rebuilding programme. In this period the tower was constructed, the nave enlarged and the choir lengthened.

The church tower is particularly unique being more sophisticated in design than others in the area. This is believed to be the influence of Henry VI who sought refuge at Bolton Hall for almost 12 months during the Wars of the Roses.

The importance of the Pudsay family in the area is evident inside the church. The Pudsay tomb is a memorial to Sir Ralph Pudsay shown with his 3 wives and 25 children!

The oldest parts of the church are on the south side which along with the West Window date back to the 13th Century.


Summer 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. everyday Winter 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. everyday (if closed key available)


Sunday 11.15 a.m. Holy Communion (except for Matins every 4th Sunday)

Enquiries 01200 441154