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Waddington is a small village, 2 miles north-west of Clitheroemarker, within the Ribble Valley district of Lancashiremarker, Englandmarker. It is also a civil parish. Prior to the 1974 county boundary changes, Waddington just fell within the boundary of Bowland Rural Districtmarker of the West Riding of Yorkshire.

It is home to both an Anglican church and a Methodist church, a social club ( Waddington Club) with bowling green, a cafe, a post office, a playing field on which both cricket and football are played. Also, within the village there are three popular pubs, the Lower Buck Inn, the High Buck and the Waddington Arms whilst a mile or so up the Fell towards Newton is the Moorcock Hotel & Restaurant. The village is a regular winner of the Lancashire Best Kept Village awards. Each year on the May bank holiday weekend, the village's annual Scarecrow Festival takes place, with the Monday at the end of the weekend being the focus for activities of all ages.

Waddington was originally was part of the ancient Lordship of Bowland which comprised a Royal Forest and a Liberty of nine manors spanning five townships and four parishes and covered an area of almost 300 square miles on the historic borders of Lancashiremarker and Yorkshiremarker. The manors within the Liberty were Slaidburnmarker (Newton-in-Bowlandmarker, West Bradford, Grindletonmarker), Knowlmere, Waddington, Easington, Bashall Eavesmarker, Mitton, Withgill (Crook), Leagrammarker and Dunnow (Battersby).

In 2009, it was reported that Charles Towneley Strachey, 4th Baron O'Hagan had stepped forward on behalf of the Towneley family to claim the title of 15th Lord of Bowland. Previously, the Lordship had been thought lost or in the possession of the Crown having disappeared from the historical record in late nineteenth century. The Towneleys had owned the Bowland Forest Estate from 1835 and it transpired that the title had been retained by an extinct family trust. Controversially, Lord O'Hagan went on to sell the Lordship of Bowland at auction. The 16th Lord of Bowland was later revealed to be a Cambridge Universitymarker don.



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