The Info List - Great Harwood

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Great Harwood
Great Harwood
is a small town in the Hyndburn
district of Lancashire, England, located 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north east of Blackburn
and adjacent to the Ribble Valley. Great Harwood
Great Harwood
is the major conurbation of the 'Three Towns'; the three towns being Great Harwood, Clayton Le Moors, and Rishton. In 2001 the town had a population of 11,220,[2] which decreased to 10,800 at the 2011 census.[1]


1 History 2 Notable people 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] Great Harwood
Great Harwood
is a town with an industrial heritage. The Mercer Hall Leisure Centre in Queen Street, and the town clock, pay tribute to John Mercer (1791–1866), the 'father' of Great Harwood, who revolutionised the cotton dyeing process with his invention of mercerisation.[3] An agricultural society is also maintained. The town was once on the railway line from Blackburn
to Burnley
via Padiham
– The North Lancs or Great Harwood
Great Harwood
Loop[4] of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. The last passenger train ran in November 1957 and goods traffic in 1964. The Martholme Viaduct
Martholme Viaduct
on the line remains about one mile north east. Public transport links were further curtailed in 2016 when the direct bus link to Manchester was axed by Harrogate-based Transdev. The town football team, Great Harwood
Great Harwood
Town, closed in July 2006. Great Harwood Cricket Club, was a member of the Ribblesdale Cricket League, winning the senior division in 2008, and has seven teams, ranging from under 9s through to senior level. In 2016, the club accepted an invitation from the Lancashire
League, and played in that league from the 2017 season.

View of Blackburn
Road, Great Harwood, circa 1910.

Great Harwood
Great Harwood
used to have a lively and bustling market around the town clock in the main square. It was very popular, and drew people from across the county every week. It has declined in the last 15 years and almost disappeared, but having seen a small resurgence is now (May 2017) usually only a single stall which arrives every Friday with fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, clothes and pet supplies. More recently, there has been a very popular farmers market held each first Sunday of every month. Stalls include rare selections of organic meat, traditional Malkin pie, fish and shell fish stall, luxury body care stalls, European stalls, locally brewed beer stalls, art and crafts and jewelry stalls.[citation needed] Great Harwood
Great Harwood
has three supermarkets: Aldi, which opened in November 2010, Tesco, which opened in December 2011, and Morrisons, which was previously Co-Op, which originally opened in June 2001, which also opened in 2010. There are two petrol stations, run by Texaco, as well as Morrisons. A retained fire station is also located in the town, having opened in 1972. Great Harwood
Great Harwood
is also home to Great Harwood
Great Harwood
Agricultural Show, an annual show held every year on Bank Holiday Monday. The show is now in its 150th year, with the next show being held on 28 May 2018.[5] In July 2016, Domino's Pizza announced plans to open in Great Harwood, as well as Accrington.[6] In 1954, and again in 1957, the Great Harwood team won the Roller Hockey National Cup. Notable people[edit]

Thomas Birtwistle (1833–1912), trade unionist and factory inspector, born at Great Harwood. Matthew Derbyshire, professional footballer with Blackburn
FC, Olympiacos, Nottingham Forest FC and Rotherham FC David Dunn, footballer, was born and brought up in Great Harwood. He initially played for Blackburn
Rovers, but moved to Birmingham City in August 2003. In January 2007, he moved back to Blackburn
Rovers. Leslie Duxbury (1926–2005), Coronation Street
Coronation Street
scriptwriter, was a resident. Nicholas Freeston (1907–1978), award-winning Lancashire
poet, who worked at Birtwistle and Fielding's, Delph Road Mill, Great Harwood. Michael Gibson, television presenter director, was brought up in Great Harwood. Mortimer Grimshaw
Mortimer Grimshaw
(1824/5–1869), strike leader and political activist Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886–1962), writer, also published as Ethel Carnie and Ethel Holdsworth - lived in Great Harwood
Great Harwood
until her marriage in 1915 and some of her poems and novels were written in the town. Netherwood Hughes (1900–2009), World War I
World War I
veteran, was born in Lord Street. Mick Jackson, writer, best known for his novel of 1997 The Underground Man, was born in the town in 1960. John Mercer, scientist who developed a process for treating cotton, was born in the town in 1791. Brett Ormerod, footballer, Great Harwood
Great Harwood
born and bred. Grew up on Duke Street.

See also[edit]

Listed buildings in Great Harwood St John's Church, Great Harwood


^ a b c UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Great Harwood Built-up area (1119884003)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 February 2018.  ^ Lancashire
Profile Archived 8 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine. lancashire.gov.uk ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - subscription based, accessed 15 June 2011 ^ Suggitt, Gordon (2003). Lost Railways of Lancashire. Newbury, Berkshire: Countryside Books. pp. 80–82. ISBN 978-1-85306-801-0. OCLC 52565677.  ^ " Great Harwood
Great Harwood
Show". Great Harwood
Great Harwood
Show. Retrieved 5 June 2016.  ^ MacPherson, Jon (18 July 2016). "Two new Domino's takeaways set to create 45 jobs". Accrington
Observer. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 

External links[edit]

Local history site with many photos Great Harwood
Great Harwood
Community Website

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