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GREAT HARWOOD

Surrounding country

With many signposted footpaths the area around Great Harwood is ideal for walking or just for taking in the view.

At the time of The Norman conquest Great Harwood was an area of moor, marsh, clearings and cultivated land with many springs and small streams running down the hillside and it was near these streams that the first farms were built.
Over the centuries more and more land was cleared and brought into use for crops and pasture. From the 18th century the area became more reliant on cotton manufacture than farming and during the 19th century, with the introduction of the mill system, the town's population mushroomed from around 1,500 to 12,000. Great Harwood is, however, on the northern edge of the once great, cotton manufacturing conurbations of Lancashire and has retained an almost semi-rural situation surrounded by open country which, because of the size of the town, is never far away.

view from Top o'th Heights

Great Harwood from Top o'th Heights west of town.

 

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