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Sometimes known as 'Arrod

Sometimes known as Snuffy

but it's marked on the maps

GREAT HARWOOD

Aerial photo of Great Harwood circa 1930
Photo courtesy of Great Harwood Archives

ARROD; SNUFFY; is like many small towns or large villages. Quite unremarkable.

It is not on a major road, you don't even need to go through it on the way to somewhere else.

It has few buildings of significance to anyone outside and perhaps only one of renown.

It has had many distinguished sons and daughters though not many famous.

It is not in many tourist guides.

It has had little to boast of in sporting success for many years.1

Great Harwood's location in Lancashire

Within sight of Pendle Hill and easy reach of the Ribble Valley Great Harwood has always been just off the main road. Lying over the hill to the south of the Ribble Valley and a mile to the north of the Leeds - Liverpool Canal the early east-west trade routes passed it by. A railway branch line did eventually reach the town but that has long since vanished. Even the major roads connecting Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley to the south with the Ribble Valley somehow conspired to pass the town. Today the building of the M65 means it has never been easier to visit Great Harwood. Although still off the main roads it is only a matter of five minutes from the Blackburn East or Accrington junctions of M65 to the centre of Great Harwood.

 

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1 Since this was written the Cricket Club have been Ribblesdale League leaders and 20/20 champions

Last updated 17th April 2020 by ifinwig
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