Great Harwood, Lancashire

Historical Description

Harwood, Great, a town, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Blackburn parish and union, Lancashire. The town stands near the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, 1 ¼ mile SW of the river Calder, and 4 ½ miles NE of Blackburn, is a rising place, well built of native stone, and its population is increasing rapidly; is governed by a local board of health, and has a station on the L. & Y.R.; and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Blackburn. There are cotton mills, a newsroom, which is a part of the organization of a large co-operative society, a church, and Congregational, Wesleyan, Primitive and Free Methodist, and Roman Catholic chapels. The church is ancient, was enlarged in 1881, and has a western tower. The Roman Catholic chapel is a handsome edifice of 1860 with stained glass windows. There are collieries in the neighbourhood. The township comprises 2863 acres; population, 9073-an increase of 50 per cent in ten years. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Manchester; net value, £410 with residence.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


Ancient County Lancashire
Hundred Blackburn
Poor Law union Blackburn

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Harwood, Great from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


Online maps of Great Harwood are available from a number of sites:

Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
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National Library of Scotland. (Old maps) (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy). (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Lancashire newspapers online: