Our History...

The name of Pendle College comes from the 1612 Pendle Witches, nine women and two men who were accused of witchcraft, ten of whom were found guilty and hanged on Pendle Hill (that hill above, towards which the college looks out to). The witch trial, one of the most famous in English history, was recorded by clerk of the court Thomas Potts in his work 'The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster'.

Pendle College was founded in 1974, and since then a few things have changed. Although we have admitted undergraduates since 1975, Pendle College moved into a new, purpose-built location in 1993, with a full refurb taking place in 2017. Although our buildings are quite young, our tradition for civilised, friendly and supportive communal life goes back to Pendle’s inception. Our college is run by its staff and students, the latter being represented by an annually-elected Junior Common Room Executive. This body is responsible for the organisation of a wide variety of social activities, including socials on- and off-campus, live music nights, welfare advice, and sporting events both competitive and just-for-fun.

Despite being one of the largest colleges at Lancaster University, Pendle College is one of the tightest-knit college communities on campus, with members regularly developing a particularly strong sense of both loyalty and identity. The many past generations of Pendle members often keep in touch with us (through Pendle alumni groups) for life – in short, Pendle College is a place where you will truly find that you belong.

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Interactive Timeline

Whether you’re taking a trip down memory lane or wanting to learn more about Pendle College, our interactive timeline of key developments, events and people is a good starting point. The timeline runs from 1970 to the present day, featuring social and sporting events, graduations, college staff and much more!

With special thanks to the MSc Project Management student team – Yining Ling, Alex Walker and Yuntao Wu – who researched and created this timeline and to everyone who has contributed.