Richard Assheton (by 1529 – 1579), of Whalley and Downham, Lancashire, was an English politician.
He was a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Aldborough in 1559 and for Carlisle in 1558 and 1563. 
Ribble Valley is a local government district with borough status within the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire, England. The total population of the non-metropolitan district at the 2011 Census was 57,132. Its council is based in Clitheroe. Other places include Whalley, Longridge and Ribchester. The area is so called due to the River Ribble which flows in its final stages towards its estuary near Preston. The area is popular with tourists who enjoy the area's natural unspoilt beauty, much of which lies within the Forest of Bowland.
Earl Howe is a title that has been created twice in British history, for members of the Howe and Curzon-Howe family respectively. The first creation, in the Peerage of Great Britain, was in 1788 for Richard Howe, but became extinct on his death in 1799. The second creation, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom was in 1821 for Richard Curzon, and remains extant.
Baron Clitheroe of Downham in the County of Lancaster is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in the 1955 Birthday Honours for the Conservative politician Ralph Assheton, who had previously served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He was the son of Ralph Cockayne Assheton, for many years a member of the Lancashire County Council, who had been created baronet of Downham in the County of Lancaster, on 4 September 1945. Three months after being raised to the peerage, Lord Clitheroe succeeded his father in the baronetcy. As of 2017, the titles are held by the first Baron's son, the second Baron, who succeeded in 1984.
There have been three baronetcies created for members of the Assheton family, two in the Baronetage of England and one in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. Two of the creations are extinct while one is extant.
Ralph Assheton, 1st Baron Clitheroe,, was an English aristocrat and politician.
Whalley Abbey is a former Cistercian abbey in Whalley, Lancashire, England. After the dissolution of the monasteries, the abbey was largely demolished and a country house was built on the site. In the 20th century the house was modified and it is now the Retreat and Conference House of the Diocese of Blackburn. The ruins of the abbey are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
Sir Ralph Assheton, 2nd Baronet was an English politician.
The High Sheriff of Lancashire is an ancient officer, now largely ceremonial, granted to Lancashire, a county in North West England. High Shrievalties are the oldest secular titles under the Crown, in England and Wales. The High Sheriff of Lancashire is the representative of the monarch in the county, and is the "Keeper of The Queen's Peace" in the county, executing judgements of the High Court through an Under Sheriff.
Downham is a village and civil parish in Lancashire, England. It is in the Ribble Valley district and at the United Kingdom 2001 census had a population of 156. The 2011 Census includes neighbouring Twiston giving a total for both parishes of 214. The village is on the north side of Pendle Hill off the A59 road about 3 miles (4.8 km) from Clitheroe. Much of the parish, including the village is part of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). It adjoins the Ribble Valley parishes of Rimington, Twiston, Worston, Chatburn and Sawley, and the Pendle parish of Barley-with-Wheatley Booth.
Ralph Assheton (1830–1907) was an English politician.
The Lancashire Witches is the only one of William Harrison Ainsworth's forty novels that has remained continuously in print since its first publication. It was serialised in the Sunday Times newspaper in 1848; a book edition appeared the following year, published by Henry Colburn. The novel is based on the true story of the Pendle witches, who were executed in 1612 for causing harm by witchcraft. Modern critics such as David Punter consider the book to be Ainsworth's best work. E. F. Bleiler rated the novel as "one of the major English novels about witchcraft".
The Whalley-Gardiner, later Whalley-Smythe-Gardiner Baronetcy, of Roch(e) Court in the County of Southampton, was a title in the Baronetage of Great Britain. It was created on 14 January 1783 for John Whalley-Gardiner, Member of Parliament for Westbury, with remainder, failing male issue, to his brothers and their issue male. Born John Whalley, he was the second cousin and heir of Sir William Gardiner, 3rd and last Baronet, of Roche Court, and assumed the additional surname of Gardiner on succeeding to the Gardiner and Brocas estates. The second Baronet assumed the additional surname of Smythe on succeeding to those estates. The third Baronet was High Sheriff of Hampshire in 1810. The title became extinct on the death of the fourth Baronet in 1868.
Nicholas Assheton (1590–1625), a country squire and writer who lived at Downham, Lancashire, near Clitheroe, is noteworthy on account of a brief diary which he left illustrating the character of the country life of that part of West Lancashire which is associated with the poet Spenser. He belonged to a branch of the Assheton family of Middleton, in the same county, and was the son of Richard Assheton, of Downham.
Sir Ralph Assheton, 2nd Baronet, of Lever was an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1625 and 1680.
Richard Assheton or Ashton of Middleton (1483–1549) was an English soldier.
Downham Hall is an English country house in Downham, Lancashire, England.
Ralph John Assheton, 2nd Baron Clitheroe, DL is an English aristocrat, businessman and public official.
Sir Ralph Cockayne Assheton, 1st Baronet was an English public official.
St Leonard's Church is in the village of Downham, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Blackburn. The tower dates from the 15th century, and the rest of the church was rebuilt in 1909–10. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.
Thomas Lister (1688–1745), of Gisburne Park, Yorkshire, was a British landowner and Tory politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1713 to 1745.
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