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The Borough of Pendle is located in north-west England, on the border between Lancashire and Yorkshire. It is one of 12 district councils in the 'red rose county' and forms part of the Pennine Lancashire sub-region; which is home to the largest concentration of aerospace and advanced engineering businesses in the UK. 

A product of local government re-organisation in 1974, the borough takes its name from the imposing Pendle Hill. Nelson (29,000) is the largest town and administrative centre. The nearby historic market town of Colne (16,000) and village of Barrowford (6,000) offer a high quality shopping and leisure experience. To the north Barnoldswick (10,000) and Earby (3,000) are the largest settlements in rural West Craven, and prior to 1974 formed part of the historic West Riding of Yorkshire.

There's lots to enjoy in Pendle. Excellent road and rail connections bring visitors from the nearby cities of Manchester, Leeds and Preston all year round. They come to explore some of England's finest countryside; take part in our award-winning walking and cycling festivals; visit the biggest Blues Festival in Britain; and shop at Boundary Mill, the largest designer outlet in the country. Discover more about Pendle at:

Key Facts and Figures

  • Pendle has a population of approximately 89,800 (latest calculation June 2014) 
  • Pendle is the 38th most deprived area in the country (out of 326 local authorities) based on average Index of Multiple Deprivation Scores

For a comprehensive demographic and socio-economic profile of Pendle, you can read the latest Pendle Profile