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History of Barnoldswick

History of Barnoldswick
  • council: Pendle Borough Council
  • population: 10,859
  • phone code: 01282
  • postcode area: BB18
  • county: Lancashire

Barnoldswick is a small town in the Borough of Pendle, Lancashire. With settlement in the area dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, the current population of Barnoldswick stands at 10,859.

The town dates back to the Domesday Book, under the name Bernulfsuuic, and remained a small farming town until the arrival of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in the early 19th century. The canal, coupled with the growth in railway, led to Barnoldswick becoming a major cotton town during the 19th century, resulting in a population growth spurt.

Known locally as "Barlick" it is a very attractive market town with a rich industrial heritage. Although industry has been important to the growth of the town, the surrounding countryside is remarkable for its beauty and the range of leisure pursuits it offers.

Today, the town is home to Silentnight Beds, the UK's largest bed manufacturers and a Rolls Royce factory which was opened in 1943.

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