Memorial at the centre of border hamlet

The war memorial in Sough.

Paul Maskell

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

DRIVING along the A56 between Kelbrook and Earby you could be forgiven if you didn’t spot the tiny hamlet of Sough.

Having only around 100 houses and a handful of businesses the area is often mistaken for being part of the neighbouring villages.

Prior to the 1974 boundary change Sough was in Yorkshire along with Kelbrook, Earby and Barnoldswick.

The main attraction in the hamlet is Sough Park, a formal Victorian style park which features a children’s play area, skate park, bowling green as well as football pitches and tennis courts.

The park also has an wide variety of trees, flower beds, shrub beds and rose beds.

At the entrance to the park stands the War Memorial. Last year the Grade II-listed statue underwent refurbishment following after £2,500 of funding granted by the Commonwealth War Graves Trust.

Specialist cleaning was undertaken on the stone, the bronze plaques were re-waxed and as other structural repairs done.

Lee Johnson, senior park keeper for Pendle Borough Council, said: “The park is separated into two sections. The front part is very formal and looks very much like a traditional Victorian park.

“The two parts of the park are separated by the river. The back of the park has a children’s play area, skate park, tennis courts and football pitches and looks onto some fantastic open countryside.

“In recent years the park as benefited from new herbaceous beds. Some cherry trees have been taken out with new ones planted in their place.

“A new children’s play area has also been installed as well as a new surface in the tennis courts. This has brought the park back into a loved state. “The park is very pretty and has a real village feel.”

Pendle Council is looking to spend £7,500 to raise the standard of the current skate park.

The facility, which is also used by cyclists, was built in 2000 with some of the equipment coming from Alkincoats Park in Colne after the skate park there was shut down.

Paul Maskell, chairman of Kelbrook and Sough Parish Council said: “Sough is a very pleasant, quiet place to live with good quality housing.

“Although it does not have many amenities, it borders on Kelbrook and Earby and has good transportation links into Yorkshire as well as Lancashire.

“Sough Park is very well used and is a great facility for the area.”

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