Feniscowles which was recorded as
'Feinycholes' in 1276 but by 1300 had become 'Feniscowles' from the Old English
word 'fennig' and the Old Norse word 'Skali' meaning 'hut in marshy land', I
can only assume that this original settlement must have been closer to the
river, as most of Feniscowles is built on extensive sand deposits which help
create its special landscape character.
In 1798 Sir William Feilden of
Witton Hall, Blackburn purchased the hamlet of Feniscowles some 3 miles S.W. of
Blackburn. In 1832 Mr. Feilden was elected
as one of the first M.P's for Blackburn. being re-elected in 1835, 1837 and
1841 retiring from Parliament in 1847 at the age of 75. He went on to Build
Feniscowles New Hall at the foot of a steep bank, in 1812, and lived
their until his death in 1850. The hall originally held a collection of natural
history objects, its gallery containing a valuable collection of paintings.
Around 1854 his son Sir William Henry Feilden, complained bitterly over the
polluted water in the River Darwen which ran close by the hall, at its
confluence with Moulden Water. He lost his costly and protracted conflict with
the Corporation & Over Darwen health Board in 1877 when litigation failed.
He left the hall and died two years later in 1879. In 1903 the house was put up
for auction but did not find a buyer. It was used for wedding functions etc for
a short period of time but fell into disrepair in the 1930's and was left to
decay. The decline of the property was exacerbated during WW II when the lead
was removed from the roof for the war effort. On the Pleasington Road just over
the bridge by Immanuel Church, sits the derelict smithy gate house, still
guarding the entrance to this once fine property. Another ruined gatehouse sits
by the bridge at the foot of Moulden Brow on the A674 Blackburn to Preston Old
Road opposite a recent small housing development, erected on land once occupied
by the now demolished Sun Paper Mill.
In the years after World War I the Feilding family left an area of grassland off Livesey Branch Road at Feniscowles in Trust expressly for the sporting and recreational needs of the local (Pleasington and Feniscowles) population. The whole Ground is administered by a group of elected Trustees to this day.
Thus was formed The War Memorial Recreation Ground which is still in place today and it is where Feniscowles Cricket Club are based and play their home games. The Cricket Club is one of several sporting sections using the Ground. the others being football (both junior and senior), crown green bowls and tennis. There is also a children's PlaySafe section and a loosely connected golf society.
The cricket team was formed in the very early 1920's and for the next 80+ years were members of the Chorley and District Cricket League. Unfortunately the Chorley League folded at the end of the 2005 season and Feniscowles C.C. successfully applied to join the Ribblesdale League for the 2006 season, where we remain to this day.