Houldsworth Solicitors

Phone: 01200 422152

200 Years of Service

Houldsworth Solicitors are proud to celebrate over 200 years of continuous practice at our offices in Duck Street, Clitheroe. The firm first opened its doors way back in 1817.

The practice was started by a Solicitor called Henry Hall, from Preston. It then continued for many years under various different names, my late father (also John Houldsworth) joining the firm following service in the Royal Navy in 1948.

I followed in my father's footsteps, qualifying a Solicitor in 1973, and becoming a Partner in 1974. I finally changed the name of the firm to my own in 1978.

Amanda Hall joined the firm upon leaving Bowland High School as the office junior/receptionist and after holding this post for several years, I encouraged her to study to become a Solicitor. She qualified in 2005 and became a Partner in 2007.

We opened our Whalley office in 2002 and the firm continued to expand. Marsaya Taylor joined the firm as a Solicitor in 2011 and was made a Director in 2013 followed by the appointment of Ellie Parr as a Director in 2017. Victoria Ridge was made a Director in 2022.

As good fortune would have it, I married Amanda's mother, Christine (and was lucky enough, having no children of my own, to become a father and grandfather overnight!) so the tradition is being followed and the firm is being kept within the family. All the firm needs now is for one of my four grandchildren to become Solicitors and then we will have succeeded through four generations as a family practice on Duck Street, Clitheroe.

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