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The town's most notable building is Clitheroe Castle, said to be one of the smallest Norman keeps in Britain. Several manufacturing companies have sites here, including Dugdale Nutrition, Hanson Cement, Johnson Matthey and Tarmac.

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The castle's most prominent feature is the hole in its side which was made in 1649 as was ordered by the government. It was to be put in "such condition that in might neither be a charge to the Commonwealth to keep it, nor a danger to have it kept against them".[citation needed]

The museum stands high on Castle Hill, in the shadow of the Castle Keep, an image which has dominated Clitheroe's skyline for over 800 years.

Also in Clitheroe - Clitheroe Castle Museum, Platform Gallery, The Grand, Clitheroe Golf Club

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The Catholic saint, Margaret Clitherow, was not from Clitheroe but lived and was martyred in York. Trinity Methodist Church, part of the wider Methodist Circuit in Clitheroe and surrounding villages, is located on the edge of Castle Park in Clitheroe. There is also a URC church in the town, as well as the Clitheroe Community Church and Salvation Army citadel. In nearby Sawley there is a Quaker Meeting House.

The Town Hall Office is located at 9 Church Street, Clitheroe and is open to the public on Monday to Friday between 9am and 1pm.

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There is a Muslim community in Clitheroe.[citation needed] After years of campaigning for a mosque in the town, permission was granted in December 2006, for the conversion of a former church at Lowergate into a multi faith centre, which has a Muslim prayer room. It is open for all faiths, to use the rest of the building.[18]

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Clitheroe /ˈklɪðəroʊ/ is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Ribble Valley, approximately 34 miles (55 km) northwest of Manchester, in Lancashire, England. It is near the Forest of Bowland, and is often used as a base for tourists visiting the area. It has a population of 14,765.[1][2]

The three main secondary schools in the town are Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Ribblesdale High School and Moorland School. There are several primary schools in the town. These are St James's Church of England Primary School, St. Michael and John's Roman Catholic Primary School, Pendle Primary School, Edisford Primary School and Brookside Primary School.

In June of 2016, Clitheroe born and raised mixed martial artist Michael Bisping won the UFC Middleweight world championship by defeating Luke Rockhold by way of technical knockout in the first round of the fight. [33]

The main street in Clitheroe, taken from Swan Court Shopping Arcade.

The town elected two members to the Unreformed House of Commons. The Great Reform Act reduced this to one. The parliamentary borough was abolished under the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885. It was one of the boroughs reformed by the Municipal Corporations Act 1835, and remained a municipal borough until the Local Government Act 1972 came into force in 1974 when it became a successor parish within the Ribble Valley district.

The results of the 2015 elections to the Town Council can be seen here.

The Council also has an input into the Town Planning of Clitheroe, as a consultee of the Planning Authority, who are the Ribble Valley Borough Council.

Clitheroe has five supermarkets: Booths, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Lidl, and Aldi. There is a shopping arcade known as the Swan Courtyard, and two petrol stations, run by BP and Texaco (which includes a Subway). In May 2007, when Kwik Save entered administration, its store on Station Road closed. In September 2008, Booths bought the site, and expanded their store, where it currently houses charity shop YMCA.[17]

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Dixon Robinson was in residence as Steward of The Honor of Clitheroe from 1836 until his death in 1878 and resided at the castle for the same period.[19] His son Aurthur Ingram Robinson lived at the Castle after 1878, and inherited the Steward title too. (see Honour of Clitheroe).

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Clitheroe has excellent public transport links with around-the-clock trains and regular buses connecting Clitheroe with the rest of the North West. And if you're travelling by car Clitheroe is just as easily accessible, located just off the M6 and on the A59, it is the ideal destination whether your travelling from the North or South.

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At one point, the town of Clitheroe was given to Richard, 1st Duke of Gloucester. Up until 1835, the Lord of the Honor was also by right Lord of Bowland, the so-called Lord of the Fells.[5] The town's earliest existing charter is from 1283, granted by Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln, confirming rights granted by one of his forebears between 1147 and 1177.[3]

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Cricket has been played in Clitheroe since the 1800s, with Clitheroe Cricket Club being formed in 1862 as an amalgamation of two sides, Clitheroe Alhambra and the local Rifles Corps. Based at Chatburn Road and members of the Ribblesdale League since its inception, the club won the league title and both the Ramsbottom and Twenty-20 cups in the 2006 season.[23]

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Council meetings are held on a three weekly cycle at the Town Hall on Church Street, Clitheroe. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings, details of which are given on this website.

The Town Council consists of 10 elected councillors, one of whom serves as the Town Mayor and another who serves as Deputy Town Mayor.

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Clitheroe Castle is argued to be the smallest Norman keep in the whole of England. It stands atop a 35-metre outcrop of limestone and is one of the oldest buildings in Lancashire. It is also the only remaining castle in the county which had a royalist garrison during the English Civil War.[citation needed]

The historic landmark of Clitheroe, in the heart of the Ribble Valley offers a day of exploration for all the family. Our intriguing galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of history, heritage and geology of the local area. Younger hearts may take an adventure kitted out with rucksack, map and magnifying glass!

Clitheroe has a health centre, accommodating the Pendleside Medical Practice and the Castle Medical Group. There is a community hospital. The area is served by the East Lancashire NHS Primary Care Trust. Clitheroe also has its own Ambulance, Fire & Police Stations.