Great Harwood is a small town in the
Hyndburn district of Lancashire,
England, located 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north east of
adjacent to the Ribble Valley.
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,
which decreased to 10,800 at the 2011 census.
2 Notable people
3 See also
5 External links
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. An agricultural society is also maintained.
The town was once on the railway line from
Padiham – The North Lancs or
Great Harwood Loop of the Lancashire
and Yorkshire Railway. The last passenger train ran in November 1957
and goods traffic in 1964. The
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 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.
Blackburn Road, Great Harwood, circa 1910.
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.
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 is also home to
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.
In July 2016, Domino's Pizza announced plans to open in Great Harwood,
as well as Accrington. In 1954, and again in 1957, the Great
Harwood team won the Roller Hockey National Cup.
Thomas Birtwistle (1833–1912), trade unionist and factory inspector,
born at Great Harwood.
Matthew Derbyshire, professional footballer with
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
Leslie Duxbury (1926–2005),
Coronation Street scriptwriter, was a
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
Mortimer Grimshaw (1824/5–1869), strike leader and political
Ethel Carnie Holdsworth (1886–1962), writer, also published as Ethel
Carnie and Ethel Holdsworth - lived in
Great Harwood until her
marriage in 1915 and some of her poems and novels were written in the
Netherwood Hughes (1900–2009),
World War I
World War I veteran, was born in Lord
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 born and bred. Grew up on
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.
^ 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 Show".
Great Harwood Show. Retrieved 5 June
^ MacPherson, Jon (18 July 2016). "Two new Domino's takeaways set to
create 45 jobs".
Accrington Observer. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
Local history site with many photos
Great Harwood Community Website
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See also: List of civil parishes in Lancashire
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Grade I buildings
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