This brook is mentioned in one of the earliest deeds found about Rishton about 1200, when it is described as part of the boundary line for the division of the district. It was then known as Northdene, the valley to the North of the village.
Norden Brook starts from Close Brow hill above Dunscar Farm on the South facing side. During its short journey to Close Brow, there are many tributaries which join it, giving it quite a flow during the winter months.
The direction of the stream flow is from West to East, away from the coast, and eventually will flow into the Irish Sea that it is flowing away from. To do this the water flows round the hill, via the Hyndburn and Calder rivers.
At one time the brook ran through the wooded forest of Norden Plantation which ran from Lee Lane to Tottleworth, but was later built on for the Great Harwood Loop Line, and then for tipping by the local councils. It now travels through a culvert for a lot of its length through Rishton.
The brook leaves the culvert and runs through a valley, lined at one side by Moor Lane, and on the other by the old railway footpath. It is possible to complete a square walk around this valley on the public footpaths.
Once in Tottleworth the brook joins up to the Lidgett Brook, and the two become the Norden Brook.
The brook runs quietly along the back of Great Harwood eventually joining the River Hyndburn at Clayton Le Moors.
On the 11th January 1946, The Council Surveyor submitted an estimate of £700 for the culverting of a portion of the brook which runs through the tip land. The Council Resolved that this work would carried out in the ensuing year.