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The Web Clarion House

Welcome to the website of the Nelson ILPLS Clarion House
The Registered Office of the Nelson Independent Labour Party Land Society

Our website

On this site we have combined information about the history of the Nelson Independent Labour Party and the Land Society with the present day use of the Clarion House.

We are proud of our history and look forward to a world based on co-operation and fellowship, not conflict and material greed.

Our brochure can be downloaded here (PDF149KB)
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How to find us:

Ordnance Survey

LANDRANGER 1:50 000 Series, Sheet 103
OUTDOOR LEISURE 1:25 000 Series, Map 21
National Grid Reference SD 832 396
Lat: 53:51:08N (53.8523) Lon: 2:15:29W (-2.2579)
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Regrettably the Sunday Pendle Witch Hopper bus service no longer operates due to government cuts to local government funding.

Further travel information is on the Contacts Page

By mail or Sat/Nav
Clarion House, Jinney Lane, Newchurch-in-Pendle,
BB12 9LL

By email

Thank You!

The members of the Nelson ILP Land Society wish to thank everyone who has donated money and contributed their time and labour to our ongoing renovation project.

We have received £44,000 from donations, fund raising and grants.

This has enabled us carry out a major part of the renovation work including a new floor, the rebuilding of the veranda, external and internal painting, a new kitchen and an extension with indoor toilet facilities for the less able, baby changing facilities and a library.

The windows were replaced in May 2012 by M W Joinery of Barrowford, who have done a great job at a reasonable price.

We have replaced the roof (June 2014) with a grant from "The Big Lottery Fund" and refurbished the wall nearest to the road (August 2014) with a gift from Philip Mason and Christine Sutton, in memory of their mother Audrey Mason.


Many thanks to Steve and Sue Taylor for the unexpected gift. It is much appreciated. We are sorry that we cannot write directly to you as we do not have your address. Thanks again from the Clarion House team.
The Book - 'Memories of the last Clarion House'

You can now download (free of charge) the new Clarion House book (which includes the original Clarion House book) as a PDF file of 11.3 MB here:

Alternatively you can visit the Clarion House and (whilst stocks last) receive a free hard copy of the book.

The book was produced by Clapham Film Unit in conjunction with local enthusiasts and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The film - 'The Last Clarion House'

The film about the Nelson ILP Clarion House produced by Clapham Film Unit and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund is now free to share at:

Send the Clarion House to a friend!

We now have Clarion House postcards available for sale at the Clarion House. They have been produced for us by Leeds Postcards.

Writing on the wall re-written

Following the roof work mentioned above we were concerned about the deteriorating condition of the wall facing the road.

We are delighted to have had this wall insulated, damp-proofed and re-clad with a generous donation from Philip Mason and Christine Sutton, in memory of their mother Audrey Mason. There is a bob or two left over for future work.

Philip has said that he does not want a fuss making – therefore we won’t – just a huge thank you! (August 2014)

Clarion House Centenary

We wish to thank everyone for turning up to help us celebrate our Centenary.

The walk that took place on Saturday 11 August 2012 was well supported and followed by addresses from the Mayor of Pendle, Asjad Mahmood - Ann Cryer, former MP for Keighley - Barry Winter, National ILP - Paul Salveson, Author and campaigner - Denis Pye, Author of Fellowship Is Life.

On Sunday 12 August 2012 we welcomed several cyclists on vintage bicycles and a further gathering of friends who were entertained by the combined Burnley and Bolton Clarion Choirs.

Quick Guide

Opening Hours
We are open every Sunday. We also open on some public holidays depending on the availability of volunteers. The core hours of opening are 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. We may open earlier and close later depending on the transport arrangements of volunteers and the number of visitors.

The Clarion is situated in its own grounds within the "Hidden Valley" and is surrounded by a myriad of public footpaths. It is close to the "Pendle Way" and the "Two Roses Way". We have also devised our own 40K walk The Clarion House Way which visits the Nelson Clarion House and the two former Clarion Houses at Burnley and Colne.

We are deep in the heart of "Pendle Witch Country". Roughlee, Barley, Read and the Historic towns of Colne, Clitheroe and Whalley are within walking distance.

There is a magnificent view to the North.
Celebrated Pendle Hill is to the immediate North West, Blacko Tower and Weets Hill to the North East and a few miles to the East, Boulswourth Hill towers over the Pennine Way.

Within the grounds children can play under the watchful eye of their parents. There are lawned areas and an adventure playground. We will even lend you a bat and ball free of charge.

Part of the grounds have been set aside for wildlife and a pond as been dug to develop this potential.

A survey of the flora was carried out in 2004 and the results are published on this website.

The Nelson Clarion House is open every Sunday and some public holidays and for special events (please  check by email). We are usually open by 10.30 a.m. and close by 5.00 p.m. (times can vary a little depending on weather conditions).

Our parking facilities are limited but there is good parking close by at Barley.

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