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a river in NW England, flowing south and west through Lancashire to the Irish Sea. Length: 121 km (75 miles)
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  • He said that it was the only mound of the kind he had ever heard of on the Langho side of the ribble.

  • If a haven ever existed at the mouth of the ribble, it has now disappeared.

    Lancashire Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • Indeed, up to 1836, it was the only spire which could be found between the ribble and the Lune.

  • The other river that flows east while the ribble flows west is the River Ayr.

    First and Last H. Belloc
  • England nowhere contains scenery of its kind more suave than that of the ribble, from Ribchester upwards.

    Lancashire Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
  • "I shall catch none to-day," we heard a man advanced in life, exclaim in a melancholy tone, who was angling in the river ribble.

    Lancashire Folk-lore John Harland
  • The ports of ribble and Wyre suitable for the landing of his vessels, and for his after escape to Dublin.

  • The ribble flows through it, watering many a romantic cliff and wooded slope.

    A Month in Yorkshire Walter White
  • The ribble at Salesbury takes a wide curve, and is therefore somewhat shallower.

  • Nennius's tenth battle, said by some, but on very inconclusive evidence, to have been fought on the ribble.

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