Welcome to Earby Town Council Website

Our website provides updates and information for everyone who lives and works here, and for anyone who would like to find out more about Earby.

We welcome your comments, questions and information on all matters related to Earby, to get in touch simply use our contact form.

Earby History & Geography

Earby is a small town and civil parish within the Borough of Pendle in Lancashire, England. It was historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, from 1909 to 1974, when Earby formed an urban district and the Council was then Earby Urban District Council. In the large reorganisation of local government in the 1972 Act, in 1974 Earby became Earby Parish Council, in the West Craven area of Pendle. Local efforts in 2011 led to the council becoming Earby Town Council.

Traditionally a part of the great historic County of Yorkshire, Earby now comprises part of the West Craven district of Lancashire. Thus, the red rose is shown entwined with the white rose in, for example, the local paper.

Historically, Earby was little more than a scattering of farms and a few handloom weavers’ cottages. It was part of Pennine England with its sturdy independent Yeoman Farmers famous for their thrift and canny silence, making a precarious living mainly from sheep but also dairy cattle. Earby is 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Colne, 7 miles (11.3 km) south-west of Skipton, and 11 miles (17.7 km) north-east of Burnley. A population of 6,183 was recorded in the 2011 census.

Earby Today

Earby forms part of the West Craven Area Committee of Pendle Borough Council and is part of Pendle from a council and electoral standpoint.

Earby has a number of local walks and bridleways, including Earby waterfalls. There are various parks and playgrounds in the area, including Holme playing fields (Carnegie fields) at Sough Park, which holds the accredited Fields in Trust protection.

There is also a thriving hostel, which was previously owned by Katherine Bruce Glasier; a pioneering political activist, this is recognised by a blue plaque that fronts the cottage to commemorate her lifetime achievements.

The Role of Earby Town Council

Earby Town Council’s role is to maintain and improve the quality of life in the town for the benefit of all residents, whilst improving amenities whenever appropriate and within budget, to conduct affairs according to the recommended codes of practice and ruling legislation and to ensure accounts are appropriately managed and audited in a timely manner.

We are here to maintain and improve public areas, to preserve our heritage, to be actively involved in environmental projects, enhancement and preservation of our town, to work with local clubs and organisations, and to liaise with Pendle Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and other governing bodies to continue a good working relationship.