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Great Harwood may not be able to boast the magnificent Victorian edifices of some of the large cotton towns of Lancashire but, for its size, the town does have some impressive buildings. John Champness says the bank building, Town Hall and clock tower form "the best ensemble of small-scale Edwardian design in the County".1

Mercer Memorial Tower and Town Hall, Towngate, Great Harwood

Photo Frank Cottier

 

 

 

 

The Town Hall, to the right of the clock tower, was completed in 1900 built on the site of a row of ancient cottages and the Mercer Memorial Clock was unveiled in 1903. The stalls of the weekly Friday market were erected around the clock tower and the triangular area is clearly visible in the history and home pages.

Post Officeand Palatine Buildings, Great Harwood

 

 

Behind the Town Hall, on Glebe Street, is the Post Office building erected in the 1880s.

 

 

Central Cooperative Society Building, Great Harwood

 

 

 

 

Also on Glebe Street, across from the Post Office, the Co-operative Society built this imposing building opened in 1909 on the site of the old Vicarage. Originally housing offices and separate shops, the ground floor was later made into a supermarket whilst above furniture and other household goods were sold. A purpose built supermarket was erected across the street which has itself been superceded. The old building did continue as a retail outlet but now has been put to various uses.

Looking down Church Street to the Mercer Memorial Clock Tower.
Bank Mill occupied the site to the right now landscaped and housing a community centre.
Lower Church Street, Great Harwood

 

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