Clarion House, Jinny Lane, Newchurch

Independent Labour Party

From 1912

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‘We want a Clarion Cycling Club in every town….  Let every town form its scouting corps and glee club and soon ‘Merrie England’ will be in sight…. ‘


Clarion House was built in 1912 for Nelson ILP Land Society. Originally one of a network of Clarion Houses, it is now the sole surviving example. It is a living landmark to the Independent Labour Party and the Clarion societies that once spread the word of socialism. 


Clarion House is open to all on Sundays throughout the year, from 10.30 to 4pm, and popular with walkers and cyclists. Drinks and snacks are available to purchase. There is no parking on site, so if driving please park at the bottom of the lane near the Roughlee crossroads.

A Clarion trail of 36 Km starts at Unity Hall in Nelson, and visits the former Clarion Houses at Colne and Burnley as well as this one. It uses sections of the Pendle Way, the Burnley Way and the Brontë Way. Download the route here


Jinny Lane links the Pendleside villages of Newchurch and Roughlee, both worth exploring. Nearest pub is the Bay Horse Inn at Roughlee, given new life by local people as a thriving community enterprise.

Read more about Clarion House and the ILP within Pendle Radicals