Blackburn

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Blackburn lies in Lancashire on the southern edge of the Ribble Valley, just north of the West Pennine Moors. It is the administrative centre of the unitary authority area of Blackburn with Darwen. According to the 2001 census, the town has a population of 105,085.

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Blackburn was a centre of textile production from the middle of the thirteenth century, when wool produced by local farmers was woven in people’s houses. The woollen cottage industry developed during the following century when Flemish weavers settled in the area, and during the Industrial Revolution, Blackburn became one of the world’s first industrialised towns. The spinning jenny – one of the icons of the revolution – was invented by a local weaver. Sadly, like many northern industrial towns, Blackburn’s fortunes began to wane following the Second World War, as the world’s industrial centres moved overseas. As a result, the town has suffered economic deprivation and housing issues.

Blackburn has also become a significant centre for immigration over the past 60 years and now has the highest proportion of Muslims outside of London. This racial diversity has seen the town become the centre of a far right renaissance, with a number of British nationalist Councillors elected to the council.

The high levels of deprivation in the area have led to Blackburn receiving significant investment and redevelopment through the British government and the European Union.

Transport in Blackburn

Blackburn has enjoyed strong transport links since 1810, when the Leeds and Liverpool Canal arrived in the town. Although no longer used for importing raw cotton from Liverpool as it once was, the stretch of the canal through Blackburn has been redeveloped and is now home to residential moorings.

Junction 6 of the M65 lies on the eastern edge of Blackburn, while Junctions 4 and 5 are to the south, providing the area with a strong link to the national motorway network. The A666 and A677 both run through the town centre, the first continuing south west until it meets the A6 near Manchester, the second linking Blackburn with Preston via the A59.

Blackburn’s railway station has recently been redeveloped, offering a direct link to Preston along the West Coast Main Line. The adjacent Blackburn Boulevard bus station operates routes all around the Blackburn with Darwen area. Blackpool International Airport and Manchester Airport – the busiest airport in the UK outside London – are approximately 23 and 28 miles from the town respectively.

 

 

 

 


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