Great Harwood

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Great Harwood
Great Harwood.jpg
Town Hall with clock tower
Great Harwood is located in Lancashire
Great Harwood
Great Harwood
 Great Harwood shown within Lancashire
Population 11,217 
OS grid reference SD737318
District Hyndburn
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BB6
Dialling code 01254
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Hyndburn
List of places

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Great Harwood is a township in the Hyndburn district of Lancashire, England, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north-east of Blackburn. Great Harwood is the major conurbation of the 'Three Towns'; The three towns being Great Harwood, Clayton Le Moors and Rishton.


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.[1] 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 Loop[2] 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 1 mile north-east.

The town football team, Great Harwood Town, closed in July 2006.

Great Harwood Cricket Club, is 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.

View of 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 is now steadily increasing and with several stalls 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 has three supermarkets: Aldi, which opened in 2010, Tesco, which opened in 2011, and Morrisons (previously Co-Op, which originally opened in 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.

Notable people

Brett Ormerod,footballer,Great Harwood born and bred.Grew up on Duke Street.

See also


  1. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - subscription based, accessed 15 June 2011
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