Old Pendle – “Twixt Burnley and Clitheroe, Whalley and Colne”

Here is a wonderful 1974 film by the late John Ricard about Pendle Hill and the surrounding places.

It is another fine example of John’s work, his visual story-telling, camera work and editing skills, that captures the beautiful scenery in the Pendle area which has hardly changed in the years since John made it. Burnley Film Makers

The folk song ‘Old Pendle’ was much loved and often sung in the pubs of Burnley and Colne at that time.

“Old Pendle” Lyrics

Pendle, old Pendle, thou standest alone.
Twixt Burnley and Clitheroe, Whalley and Colne,
Where Hodder and Ribble’s fair waters do meet
With Barley and Downham content at thy feet.

Pendle, old Pendle, majestic, sublime
Thy praises shall ring till the end of all time
Thy beauty eternal, thy banner unfurled,
Th’art dearest and grandest old hill in the world
Chorus:

When witches fly out on a dark rainy night,
We’ll not tell a soul, and we’ll bar the door tight,
We’ll sit near to t’ fire, and keep ourselves warm
Until once again we can walk on thy arm.
Chorus:

Pendle, old Pendle, by moorland and fell
In glory and loveliness, ever to dwell
On life’s faithful journey, where e’er I may be,
I’ll pause in my labours, and oft think of thee.
Chorus:

Words by Milton and Allen Lambert and tune by Ted Edwards

This rendition of ‘Old Pendle’ is by the singer, Eileen Quinn. It includes some great photos.